Diane Silvey

Diane is a member of the Sechelt Indian Band (Coast Salish) and is originally from a small fishing village called Egmont, on British Columbia's Sechelt Peninsula near by the Skookumchuck rapids. She graduated from the University of British Columbia's Native Indian Education Program and taught in band run and public schools in British Columbia for 23 years. After retiring she continued to educate people and children about her People.

Despite the many obstacles placed in her path she always followed her direction to her vision of a world that is inclusive, supportive and respectful to all. As a result, many lives have been affected through her Professional, Public & Private life. She has been admired for her strength, happiness, laughter, intelligence, affection and warmth.

Diane Silvey was a Teacher, Author and Tireless Advocate for Visible Minorities. As a teacher, she went way beyond her defined role to embrace the needs of all the students Academically and Socially. She founded The Students Taking Action Against Racism Camps. She was committed to developing Curricula to engage reluctant readers. She was certainly gifted as an Educator, always dedicated and enjoyed the hard work.

Many enjoyed her ongoing efforts to provide First Nations with opportunities that go far beyond the Academic. Her passion for writing was always exciting to witness.

She has made significant contributions to the Greater Victoria Community, and in fact wherever her works ended up, her many readers enjoyed her writings. She was awarded the prestigious Woman of Distinction Award in Victoria. Her book of Canadian First Nations for All Children was launched at the Mungo Martin House at the B.C. Museum. In addition, she was invited to a session of Paliament in Ottawa where she eloquently spoke about her peoples strengths and challenges. Whether she thought of this or not she has set an example that shall be a source of inspiration for many.

De Temps Immemorial: Les Premiers Habitants de la Côte Nord-Ouest du Pacifique
Format: Paperback
From Time Immemorial provides an honest and up-to-date survey of the history of the coastal First Nations from pre-contact to the present. The culture of the coastal people was highly complex. Although there were many similarities, there were also many differences among the groups who shared the wealth of their life-sustaining environment.

This book provides a broad overview of traditional ways common to a large number of diverse groups. It encourages readers to learn more about particular groups who, long ago, walked the shorelines and forest trails of the Pacific Northwest.
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From Time Immemorial Teacher's Guide
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: First Nations;

From Time Immemorial provides an honest and up-to-date survey of the history of the coastal First Nations from pre-contact to the present. The culture of the coastal people was highly complex. Although there were many similarities, there were also many differences among the groups who shared the wealth of their life-sustaining environment. This book provides a broad overview of traditional ways common to a large number of diverse groups. It encourages readers to learn more about particular groups who, long ago, walked the shorelines and forest trails of the Pacific Northwest.

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The Teacher’s Guide provides support materials to address 100% of the Learning Standards for the Grade Three Social Studies curriculum and the First Nations content for grades 4-8. It contains detailed lesson plans, reproducible blackline masters, assessment strategies and tools and activities integrating theme across the curriculum (Science, Math, Art and Language Arts).

Table of Contents
Part One
Using the Student Text
Using the Teacher's Guide
Your Social Studies Unit
Prescribed Learning Outcomes Charts
Setting the Stage

Part Two
From Time Immemorial
Chapter 1: Living Together: Villages and Families
Chapter 2: Living in Balance With the Sea: Fishing
Chapter 3: Living in Balance with the Land: Hunting and Gathering
Chapter 4: At Home by the Forest: Shelter and Clothing
Chapter 5: Travel in the Pacific Northwest: By Land, By Sea
Chapter 6: Living with the Spirits: Ceremonies and Beliefs
Chapter 7: Expressing a Culture: Art, Drama, Music and Games
Chapter 8: Living with Other Nations: Trade and Warfare
Chapter 9: Contact with Strangers: Explorers and Traders
Chapter 10: Living with the Newcomers: A Way of Life Ends
Chapter 11: Losing Rights and Freedoms: Legislation and Discrimination

Part Three
Appendix A: Blackline Masters
Appendix B: Assessment/Evaluation Tools
Appendix C: Annotated Related Resource List
Appendix D: Universal Declaration of Human Rights and First Nations RightsInfractions
Appendix E: The National Aboriginal Achievement Awards

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218 pages | blackline masters included | For grades 3-8

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Guide de la'enseignant(e) De Temps Immemorial
Format: Paperback
From Time Immemorial provides an honest and up-to-date survey of the history of the coastal First Nations from pre-contact to the present. The culture of the coastal people was highly complex. Although there were many similarities, there were also many differences among the groups who shared the wealth of their life-sustaining environment.

This book provides a broad overview of traditional ways common to a large number of diverse groups. It encourages readers to learn more about particular groups who, long ago, walked the shorelines and forest trails of the Pacific Northwest.

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The Teacher’s Guide provides support materials to meet 100% of the prescribed learning outcomes of the Grade Four Social Studies curriculum in BC with links to Social Studies IRP grade four learning outcomes and the Shared Learnings document. It contains detailed lesson plans, reproducible blackline masters, assessment strategies and tools and activities integrating theme across the curriculum (Science, Math, Art and Language Arts).

Table of Contents

Part One
Using the Student Text
Using the Teacher’s Guide
Your Social Studies Unit
Prescribed Learning Outcomes Charts
Setting the Stage


Part Two
From Time Immemorial
Chapter 1: Living Together: Villages and Families
Chapter 2: Living in Balance With the Sea: Fishing
Chapter 3: Living in Balance with the Land: Hunting and Gathering
Chapter 4: At Home by the Forest: Shelter and Clothing
Chapter 5: Travel in the Pacific Northwest: By Land, By Sea
Chapter 6: Living with the Spirits: Ceremonies and Beliefs
Chapter 7: Expressing a Culture: Art, Drama, Music and Games
Chapter 8: Living with Other Nations: Trade and Warfare
Chapter 9: Contact with Strangers: Explorers and Traders
Chapter 10: Living with the Newcomers: A Way of Life Ends
Chapter 11: Losing Rights and Freedoms: Legislation and Discrimination


Part Three
Appendix A: Blackline Masters
Appendix B: Assessment/Evaluation Tools
Appendix C: Annotated Related Resource List
Appendix D: Universal Declaration of Human Rights and First Nations RightsInfractions
Appendix E: The National Aboriginal Achievement Awards
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Raven's Flight
Raven leaves her Salish home on B.C.'s Sunshine Coast in search of her missing sister Marcie, reportedly "working" on Vancouver's lower east side. When Raven wanders Lost Alley near Hastings, flashing Marcie's picture and asking tough questions, she gets a host of testimonials from the addicted and homeless, but few answers. When Ben and Bertie, a young boy and elderly woman living on the street, tell her Marcie is wanted by a kidnapping ring abducting children to be smuggled across the Pacific for auction to sweatshops in the East, Raven puts together clues from Marcie's recovered diary and traces the culprits to the docks. Based on true stories of those living in the worst ghetto in North America, with an appendix of help-line and resource information, this hard-edged story is part harsh truth, part preventative fiction.
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From Time Immemorial: The First Peoples of the Northwest Coast
Artists:
Joe Silvey (Coast Salish;)
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: First Nations;

From Time Immemorial provides an honest and up-to-date survey of the history of the coastal First Nations from pre-contact to the present. The culture of the coastal people was highly complex. Although there were many similarities, there were also many differences among the groups who shared the wealth of their life-sustaining environment.

This book provides a broad overview of traditional ways common to a large number of diverse groups. It encourages readers to learn more about particular groups who, long ago, walked the shorelines and forest trails of the Pacific Northwest.

Educator Information
From Time Immemorial has been recommended by the First Nations Education Steering Committee of BC as an “authentic First Peoples text that meets provincial standards and reflects First Peoples knowledge and perspectives in a respective way.

It has also been recommended by Literacy BC: “It’s easy to see why this text, which is accessible for fundamental level students, was also awarded the British Columbia 2000 Book Award.” Jan Weiten notes, “[This] is such an ambitious project. Both Diane and Joe Silvey have honoured the spirit and history of First Nations people, and they should be proud of themselves. This is definitely an asset to any classroom.

From Time Immemorial meets or exceeds all of the Learning Standards for the new BC Grade 3 Social Studies curriculum and the First Nations content for grades 4-8: 

  • Learning about indigenous peoples nurtures multicultural awareness and respect for diversity
  • People from diverse cultures and societies share some common experiences and aspects of life.
  • Indigenous knowledge is passed down through oral history, traditions, and collective memory.
  • Indigenous societies throughout the world value the well-being of the self, the land, spirits, and ancestors.

Recommended Grades: 3-8.

A teacher's guide for this book is also available: https://www.strongnations.com/store/item_display.php?i=141

Additional Information
92 pages | colour illustrations, photos, and maps 

Authentic Canadian Content
Authentic Indigenous Text
Authentic Indigenous Artwork
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La Quete Spirituelle de Petit Ours
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Little Bear is preoccupied with himself and overtures of friendship by the other animals are quickly rebuffed with taunting and insults. So Grandfather, knowing what to do, sends Little Bear to the island to search his heart. Traditional remedies sometimes take time, a long time. In isolation Little Bear comes face to face with himself and gains insight. In Little Bear, youngsters will see the transformation of an aloof self-centered spirit into a person fit to participate in the communal life of the village, one to whom Grandfather lovingly says, "Welcome home, Little Bear, welcome home." Joe Silvey's illustrations richly complement the story.
(French Version)
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Little Bear's Vision Quest
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Sechelt;
Little Bear's Vision Quest

A full colour story book that teaches respect for others. The paintings were done by Joe Silvey (Salish). The book deals with name calling, initially showing the main character, Little Bear, as selfish and inconsiderate of others’ feelings. The book is a modern First Nations legend applying the traditional method of using stories as a teaching tool. Little Bear learns to value the traditions of his ancestors and through the daily ritual of cleansing himself becomes in tune with nature. The book can be used by teachers, parents and other caring adults to teach children the value of respect. Discussion questions are included for parents and teachers.
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Spirit Quest
Format: Paperback
In the rich tradition of Coast Salish legend, mother and son Diane and Joe Silvey write and illustrate a classic quest story.

Teenage twins Kaya and Tala journey into the perilous British Columbia wilderness confronting fish and fowl, beast and phantom, and the wolf spirit destined to be Tala''s protective guardian. Imaginative black-and-white illustrations complement this unique story of adventure.
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The Kids Book of Aboriginal Peoples Of Canada
Format: Paperback
B.C. Science Supplementary Resouce Gr.4- Life Science

B.C. Science Supplementary Resouce Gr.5- Earth and Space Science

Canada's Aboriginal peoples have shaped this country in countless ways and their story is central to our identity as a nation. This ground breaking book is by far the most comprehensive of its kind with an overview of 7 main cultural groups looking at the effects of European explorers and settlers.
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Time of the Thunderbird
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Kaya and Tala, the adventurous twins, are back from their exploits in Spirit Quest on a new mission to discover why children are disappearing from one of their tribe''s villages. Earth dwarves are being blamed for the missing children, but the twins are sure they''re not at fault. Something very sinister is happening, so once again the sister and brother set out with Yahet (Y for short), their friend and companion, to rescue the kidnapped children. Along the way they meet a mysterious owl, a cedar ogre, demons galore, Aixos, the most ferocious of all sea serpents, and the Thunderbird himself!
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Whale Girl
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Through her friends the killer whales, Peta learns of the schemes of the sea serpents to devour her people. She plans to warn the people of their impending doom, only to succumb to the deep and is transformed into a killer whale herself. In doing so, this courageous little girl sacrifices herself to save her village and animal friends from the sea serpents. Silvey’s beautiful black-and-white line drawings have an intensity that speaks of the tension and action. Do not hesitate to read this amazing traditional story to the youngest listeners.
$9.00

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