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Karin Clark

Writer/teacher/artist Karin Clark has had over 20 years experience working with children and adults. Most of this time has been spent learning and teaching with British Columbia's First Nations in public and private schools, colleges, art classes, aboriginal/social studies courses, and university teacher education programs. 

In her first book, Learning by Doing Northwest Coast Native Indian Art, co-authored with Jim Gilbert, she used her experiences and training in special and cultural education to produce an easy-to-follow, beginners skill development curriculum designed to foster respect for First Nations culture through art. 

Karin spends her work time evaluating teaching/learning strategies and materials; creating curriculum material, writing story books and readers; using frameworks to create First Nations language programs; creating material and workshops to: enhance self-esteem and motivation, create Native Indian art, learn and teach using the Cognitive Education Method (CEM) - 6 keys to success, identify and explore your own personal learning styles and strategies; identify, strengthen, and remediate thinking skills and strategies; train instructors, paraprofessionals and curriculum developers; and designing flyers and brochures. 

In writing Learning by Designing Pacific Northwest Coast Native Indian Art and Learning by Doing Northwest Coast Native Indian Art with Jim, Karin has been able to use all her skills and experience to create a useful resource for artists, students, teachers, and collectors.

Attendez-Moi!
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;
Grade Levels: 2; 3;

C'est un petit livre émouvant sur l'importance de remarquer dans le monde. Le frère et la soeur de Charlie l'appellent "tortue", car il est toujours s'arrêtant pour regarder quelque chose d'intéressant au lieu de garder avec eux. Charlie est très intéressé par tout ce qu'il voit et veut partager son intérêt avec eux, mais ils sont impatients, à la hâte. Alors que Mamie sait les voies de Charlie et lui tire, grand-papa tire une leçon de la conversation, ce qui confirme le point de vue de Charlie, et les frères et soeurs viennent l'admirer.

Young Charlie is a First Nations boy who stops to notice what is going on around him. His older brother and sister, who are always in a hurry to get somewhere, call him “Turtle” and tell him to hurry up. But Turtle stops to see, hear and smell. Throughout the story, the reader is invited to guess what Turtle finds and puts in his bucket. All is revealed in the end as Turtle shows his family his “treasures”. Even his brother and sister are convinced that it pays to be more aware. 

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This is a SD 61 Indigenous Curriculum Resource.

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Corbeau Visite Victoria
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;
Grade Levels: 1;

A First Nations girl takes Raven, the creator/ trickster on a tour of several of Victoria’s 1990’s tourist localities. With very simple phrases and place names, the visit is the entire plot.

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This is the French version of Raven Visits Victoria.

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Grand-mere, Gardienne de Notre Passe
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3; 4;

Chaque fois que la grand-maman obtient que "sentiment spécial,« les enfants savent qu'ils sont sur le pieu dans le van, "sortir dans la nature», et obtenir une leçon sur la façon dont les peuples des Premières nations vivaient dans les vieux jours; et grand-mère sait que les enfants doivent être en mesure de connaître ce qu'elle veut leur parler. Comme elle passe sur cette connaissance pour les enfants, elle passe aussi sur l'histoire culturelle sur la façon dont le respect a été et continue d'être représenté à l'plantes à la façon dont ils sont reconnus pour leurs contributions et assuré qu'ils ne seront pas surexploitée.

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Grandma's Special Feeling
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3; 4;

Whenever Grandma gets that “special feeling,” the children know they're about to pile into the van, “get out into nature,” and get a lesson about how First Nations peoples used to live in the old days; and Grandma knows that the children need to be able to experience what she wants to talk to them about. As she passes on this knowledge to the children, she also passes on cultural history about how respect was and continues to be shown to the plants—how they are acknowledged for their contributions and assured they will not be over-harvested.

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Raven Visits Victoria
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;
Grade Levels: 1;

A First Nations girl takes Raven, the creator/ trickster on a tour of several of Victoria’s 1990’s tourist localities. With very simple phrases and place names, the visit is the entire plot. 

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Welcome Family and Friends to Our Bighouse
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Kwakwaka'wakw;
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

This contemporary story is told through the voice of a 12-year-old Kwakwaka’wakw girl named Gana, who lives in ‘Yalis (Alert Bay, BC). From the time she is little, Gana attends Potlatches and ceremonies in the Bighouse. The regalia she wears—a button blanket, dancing apron and masks—were designed and made for her based on her family origins or clans. The ancient cultural teachings she learns in the Bighouse are useful to Gana in her everyday life and continue to have value in the 21st century.

• Full colour illustrations showing aboriginal masks and regalia in context
• Contains some Kwak’wala words with meaning and pronunciation guides
• 11” x 8.5” soft cover, 96 pages

Nella Cook Nelson, originally from the N’amgis Nation, was born and raised in Alert Bay, B.C. It wasn’t until Nella was in grade 4 that integration occurred and aboriginal students were allowed to attend the public schools. When she was 12-years-old, the first Bighouse since the anti-potlatch law had been lifted was built in Alert Bay.
Nella attended both Camosun College and the University of Victoria. When she started teaching in public schools in 1979, aboriginal content didn’t exist. After 11 years teaching, she has coordinated the Victoria School District’s Aboriginal Nations Education Division for 27 years. She serves on Provincial, college, university, community boards and advisory committees to improve aboriginal health, safety and education.
Nella has recieved the Queen’s 125 Commemorative Medal, YM/YWCA Women of Distinction, Camosun’s Distinguished Alumni, and Excellence in Cultural Heritage & Diversity Awards.

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