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Joe Starr

Joe Starr is a member of the Haisla First Nation. He grew up in Kitamaat Village, taught at Nechako Elementary School in Kitimat, Iskut and at Bella Bella. He now lives in Nanaimo. 

Nuyem Weaver
Diane Nelson
Grade Levels: 11; 12;

Joe Starr will take you on a journey deep into his cultural roots with these eleven short stories that reflect history, traditions, cultural protocols and personal experiences.

This collection of short stories is dedicated to the Haisla and Heiltsuk.

We all have a strand of our Nuyem to weave our stories.

Recommended for grades 11/12

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Brenda Valiaho
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 6; 7; 8; 9;

In this collection of chapters, Joe Starr shares his history, the teachings of those who love and who have loved him dearly. Readers gain a better understanding of the histories and traditions of the Haisla people through these personal stories.

This collection of chapters is dedicated to the Haisla and Heiltsuk children.

This book is a Hi-Lo Reading Book recommended for ages 11-15.

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We Are All Connected: Haisla, Rivers and Salmon
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Haisla (Kitamaat);
Grade Levels: 3; 4;

“We Are All Connected” is a series that explores how we all live together in a shared balance upon Mother Earth. Each book explores a specific ecosystem with a focus on one animal and its adaptations for survival within that ecosystem. Indigenous interviewees, each living within the same area, have responded to strategic questions as to how their community interacts with the land, their traditional territory. Explore each text with a sense of inquiry in mind.

8 We Are All Connected Titles Coast Salish, Coastal Rainforests and Cougars Haisla, Rivers and Chinook Salmon Inuit, Tundra and Ravens Lakota, Mixed Grasslands and Bald Eagles Métis, Wetlands and Mallards Nisga'a, Ponds and Leopard Frogs Nlaka'pamux, Grasslands and Rattlesnakes Sto:lo, Riparian Forests and Black Bears Each title covers the following curricular areas. Traditional storytelling and artwork begin each title from the focus Indigenous territory. Science: Biodiversity, classification, life cycles, food chains, food webs and connections between living and non-living things are just some of the science concepts included in each book. Social Studies: Contemporary and historical Indigenous cultural knowledge flows throughout each book. Local land forms, gatherings, harvesting practices and government are some of the social studies concepts included in each book.

2 Foundation Titles The two foundational books provide deeper understanding of the content of the “We Are All Connected” titles. We Are All Connected: The Earth, Our Home- explores biomes, ecosystems and biodiversity. We Are All Connected: The Earth, We Share- explores the interconnectedness between living and non-living things. Coming soon – A FREE set of lesson plan downloads that will have an inquiry focus. If you are a member of our website, you will receive the download link via our Newsletter. Otherwise, keep checking the website!

Authenticity Note: There is some Indigenous art in this book, such as a pendant carved by a Haida artist.

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