Donna Joe

Donna Joe is a member of the Sechelt Indian Band on the beautiful Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. As a child she used to go fishing with her mother and father, Marjorie and Cyprian August. In 1953 she began attending residential school and went on to complete a Bachelor of Education at the University of British Columbia (NITEP). She went on to earn a master's degree and found work with the Sechelt School District and Sechelt Indian Band as Supervisor of shashishalhem (the Sechelt language). Donna and her husband Vern have three children and five grandchildren.
Ch'askin: Legend of the Sechelt People
Author: Donna Joe
Traditional Territory: Sechelt
Format: Paperback
  • Ch'askin is the great thunderbird whose appearance heralds rumbling thunder, a darkening sky and flashes of lightning as well as good luck for the people of the Sechelt Nation.

    This compelling book recounts how this enormous and awe-inspiring bird who looks like a golden eagle except much, much larger — aided and protected the members of the Sechelt villages for many years in many ways. From helping Chief Spelmu'lh, the father of the Sechelt Nation, build both the first longhouse and the many villages of his people, to delivering goats and grizzly bears for the hungry people to eat and creating islands from pebbles for the tired Sechelt hunters to rest, the story of Ch'askin is a story of protection, friendship and respect for fellow living beings.

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Salmon Boy
Author: Donna Joe
Traditional Territory: Sechelt
Format: Paperback
  • Simple and compelling First Nations drawings illustrate this dynamic story that teaches respect for the environment and describes the life cycle of the salmon.

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