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Larry Loyie

Larry Loyie was born in Slave Lake, Alberta. He spent his early years living a traditional Cree life, learning his culture and language from his elders. At nine years of age, he was taken to Grouard, Alberta, site of St. Bernard Mission residential school, where he lived for ten months of every year until he was almost 14 years of age. He worked at many jobs, from farmhand to Native counsellor, before returning to school in his fifties to accomplish his lifelong dream of becoming a writer. Larry Loyie lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

Larry first shared his residential school experience in his play Ora Pro Nobis, Pray for Us, directed by Constance Brissenden, in 1994. He continued with As Long as the Rivers Flow, winner of the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction and First Nation Communities Read, and its sequel Goodbye Buffalo Bay. Other books by Larry Loyie are Welcome to the Circle, The Moon Speaks Cree, A Winter Adventure, When the Spirits Dance, A Cree Boy’s Search for the Meaning of War, The Gathering Tree, and Tant que couleront les rivières.

As Long As the Rivers Flow (PB)
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Cree (Nehiyawak);
Grade Levels: 2; 3; 4; 5; 6;

In the 1800s, the education of First Nations children was taken on by various churches, in government-sponsored residential schools. Children were forcibly taken from their families in order to erase their traditional languages and cultures. 

As Long as the Rivers Flow is the story of Larry Loyie's last summer before entering residential school. It is a time of learning and adventure. He cares for an abandoned baby owl and watches his grandmother make winter moccasins. He helps the family prepare for a hunting and gathering trip.

Awards

  • In 2006, As Long As the Rivers Flow was the award recipient for First Nation Communities Read.
  • Winner of the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction 

Educator Information
Recommended for ages 7 to 11. 

Curriculum Connections: Indigenous Studies, Social Studies, Science and Nature

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48 pages | 7.25" x 10.25"

 

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Goodbye Buffalo Bay
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Cree (Nehiyawak);
Grade Levels: 4; 5; 6; 7;

Drama and humour combine in Goodbye Buffalo Bay by award-winning Cree author Larry Loyie. The sequel to the award-winning book As Long as the Rivers Flow. Goodbye Buffalo Bay is set during the author's teenaged years. In his last year in residential school, Lawrence learns the power of friendship and finds the courage to stand up for his beliefs. He returns home to find the traditional First Nations life he loved is over. He feels like a stranger to his family until his grandfather's gentle guidance helps him find his way. New adventures arise; Lawrence fights a terrifying forest fire, makes his first non-Native friends, stands up for himself in the harsh conditions of a sawmill, meets his first sweetheart and fulfills his dream of living in the mountains. Wearing new ice skates bought with his hard-won wages, Lawrence discovers a sense of freedom and self-esteem. Goodbye Buffalo Bay explores the themes of self-discovery, the importance of friendship, the difference between anger and assertiveness and the realization of youthful dreams.

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160 pages | 4.90" x 7.36"

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Tant que couleront le rivieres
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Cree (Nehiyawak);

En 1944, Larry Loyie, alors connu sous le nom de Lawrence, avait dix ans et vivait avec sa famille crie près de Slave Lake, dans le nord de l’Alberta (Canada). Tant que couleront les rivières s’inspire de son dernier été avec ses proches, avant son départ obligatoire pour le pensionnat indien. L’histoire d’un été qui se révèle plein d’aventures, de découvertes et de partage, la peinture d’un quotidien qui recrée la relation privilégiée avec la nature. Il faut profiter de la belle saison pour faire des réserves de nourriture pour l’hiver : cueillette, pêche et chasse, Lawrence a beaucoup à apprendre de ses aînés. Mais il y a certaines aventures qu’on n’ose imaginer, de celles qui vous méritent le nom d’Oskiniko, jeune homme en cri.

L’album est suivi d’un épilogue abordant le thème des écoles résidentielles, ou pensionnats indiens, accompagnés de photos d’époque.

Traduction de l’album As long as the rivers flow

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The Gathering Tree
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Cree (Nehiyawak);
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

The Gathering Tree is a beautifully illustrated children's book about HIV/AIDS. Written by award-winning First Nations author Larry Loyie and co-author Constance Brissenden, it is a gentle, positive story of a First Nations family facing HIV.

After 11-year-old Tyler and his younger sister Shay-Lyn learn their favorite cousin Robert has HIV, they discover that knowledge brings understanding and self-awareness. Aspects of physical, spiritual, mental and emotional health are addressed.

Author Larry Loyie was born in Slave Lake, Alberta. He spent his early years living a traditional Cree life and treasures the lessons he learned from the elders. He went to residential school from the age of 10 to 14, then began his working life. Larry returned to school later in life to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a writer. He received the 2001 Canada Post Literacy Award for Individual Achievement (British Columbia). In 2003, Larry was the first First Nations writer to win the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction for his first children's book As Long as the Rivers Flow. Co-author Constance Brissenden BA, MA is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of 14 books of travel and history. In 1993, Constance and Larry formed Living Traditions Writers Group (www.firstnationswriter.com) to encourage First Nations people to write about their traditions and stories.

Illustrator Heather D. Holmlund has roots in the northern town of Fort Frances, Ontario, where she grew up. Her source of artistic vision has always been the spiritual essence of the Canadian landscape and its people. Heather attended York University in the visual arts program, before making her home in Pickering, Ontario. She is the award-winning illustrator of As Long as the Rivers.

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When The Spirits Dance
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Cree (Nehiyawak);
Grade Levels: 4; 5; 6; 7;

When Lawrence's father goes overseas with the Canadian Army during the Second World War, the young Cree boy struggles to grow up while wrestling with the meaning of war. With Papa gone, Mama raises the children alone. Traditional foods like wild meat and fish are scarce and many other foods are rationed. Angry about the changes and confused about the future, Lawrence misses his father and his teachings about their natural way of life. When army runaways threaten the family, Lawrence's courage and knowledge of traditional skills are called upon to keep them safe. With guidance from his grandfather and encouragement from his grandmother, Lawrence faces his challenges, becoming wiser and stronger, and earning the respect of his elders.
. Ages 8+

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