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The Elders Are Watching
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Métis;
The boy looked much the same as the other kids in his class. New faces arrived almost daily from far away places, so it wasn't his appearance that made him different.

He had always tried his hardest, but try as he might, somehow he didn't seem to be able to get excited about the same things his classmates did. This year would be no different.

And so, as in years gone by, his mother would please him greatly by taking him out of school for a time. Again, she was sending him to live with his grandfather, his 'Ya-A' - to listen, to think and to learn.

'Ya-A' would reintroduce him to the Wind, the Tree and the Earth. 'Ya-A' would speak of responsibilities and of rights. 'Ya-A' would fascinate him with legends of the eagle, the whale, the raven and the wolf.

Of all the tales his grandfather told, none captured his heart more than the stories of the Old Ones - the Elders. And as the stories slowly became a part of him, by the seashore in the clear red sky of early evening, he began to see them.

They appeared as images suspended in the air, up toward the sun. Their lips were still, yet he heard them speak. Their message, like the words of his "Ya-A', was clear and true, a message gone too long without being passed to other hearts.

He and his "Ya-A' would share the words of the Elders often with all those who cared to listen - with all those who cared at all. ...taken from The Elders Are Watching
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Good For Nothing
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

The year is 1959, and fifteen-year-old Nipishish returns to his Metis reserve in northern Quebec after being kicked out of residential school, where the principal tells him he's a good-for-nothing who, like all Indians, can look forward to a life of drunkenness, prison and despair. 

The reserve, however, offers nothing to Nipishish. He feels even more isolated here. He remembers little of his late mother and father. In fact, he seems to know less about himself than the people at the band office. He must try to rediscover the old ways, face the officials who find him a threat, and learn the truth about his father's death.

Adolescents will find inspiration in his courage to reclaim his identity and claim his rightful place on the reserve. The book also provides great insight into the roots of many ongoing Indigenous issues.

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Recommended Ages: 12-15.

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256 pages | 4.25" x 7.00" | Written by Michel Noel. Translated by Shelley Tanaka.

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The Moccasins
Authors:
Earl Einarson
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Cree; Ktunaxa; Métis;

This is an Endearing Story of a young Aboriginal foster child who is given a special gift by his foster mother. Her gift of warmth and thoughtfulness helps her young foster children by encouraging self-esteem, acceptance and love.

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An Aboriginal Carol
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Inuit; Métis;

Before the angels stars grew dim 
And wondering hunters heard their hymn 
One mystic flute - one hundred drums 
One message clear, "A King has come!" 
Not one had ever seen the like 
By light of day or moon of night 
Before the angels stars grew dim 
And wondering hunters heard this hymn. . . 


An Aboriginal Carol is the ultimate Aboriginal collaboration: 

  • Poetry by Metis poet David Bouchard. 
  • Paintings by First Nations artist Moses Beaver.
  • Music by Inuit performer Susan Aglukark. 

Best-selling Canadian author David Bouchard reworks Canada's oldest and most well-known carol, The Huron Carol. The art of Moses Beaver, from the fly-in reserve of Summer Beaver, Ontario (Nikinamik), resonates and awakens an awareness that is at once exciting and empowering, a way for all people to understand the birth of Christ from an Aboriginal worldview. The pride of the north, Susan Aglukark, interprets, for the first time, the revered carol. 

Written in English and in Inuktituk, the language of Canada's Inuit people, the book is accompanied by a CD, which includes a reading in both languages and a performance by Susan. Also available in French and Inuktituk. An Aboriginal Carol is certain to become a classic.

Awards

  • Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2009

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32 pages | 8.50" x 11.00"

 

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Goose Girl
Artists:
Rhian Brynjolson
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Many years ago, by a lake in Northern Canada, a young girl named Marie found a wordless understanding with a special goose that would change her life. Goose Girl is a gentle and moving story of love, faith and letting go.

Reviews
"The almost poetic text is written with a style consistent with an oral narrative. Together with Rhian Brynjolson's beautiful illustrations, the text enables one to liberate the imagination, freeing it to roam and explore the possibilities suggested by Goose Girl.

In Goose Girl, a young Métis girl, Marie, loves to walk to the lake every evening to watch the Canada Geese. Marie develops a special bond with the geese. "They were her family. They were her friends. They were her babies," the McLellans write. Marie is taught that the geese carry the spirits of the departed to the land of promise. Recognising the special bond that Marie has with the geese, the Elders give Marie a new name, Niskaw. The new name enables Marie to share the teachings and the healings of the geese with Marie's people.

Readers will be interested to see that Cree words and phrases occasionally are incorporated into the narrative, but these words are then repeated in English. For those unfamiliar with the language, the narrative flow need not be interrupted to try to pronounce the Cree words, but the presence of those words adds to the interest and educational value of the story."  -CM Magazine

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Recommended Ages: 7-9.

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32 pages | 9.00" x 8.00"

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Jenneli's Dance
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Jenneli is a shy young girl who feels that she is nothing special, until she learns about the Metis Red-River Jig from her grandma. One day, Grandma Lucee enters her into a jigging contest. Jenneli's Dance is a story that instills a sense of pride in the Metis culture, and deals with low self-esteem.

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44 pages | 7.94" x 9.02"

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Caring For Me series: Eat, Run and Live Healthy
Format: Paperback

Nurse Ellen visits Annie Calf Robe's classroom. Nurse Ellen's use of pictures and fun activities helps the children learn about the importance of healthy foods.

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The Caring For Me series was developed through consultations with health promotion workers and early childhood educators. There are six titles in the series that deal with issues such as healthy eating, safety, dealing with feelings and notions of respect. This series is appropriate for ages three to five, and the books have full-colour illustrations.

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20 pages | 10.00" x 8.00"

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Caring For Me series: Eyes, Ears, Nose and Mouth
Format: Paperback
What happens when you get a bead stuck up your nose? Tony's visit to the doctor's office shows how to take care of eyes, ears, nose and mouth.
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Caring For Me series: Living Safe, Playing Safe
Format: Paperback
Tony, Rainey, Jennifer, and Mavis love playing, with the help of their parents, they learn important safety lessons at school, in the kitchen and in the playground.

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Caring For Me series: Looking After Me
Authors:
Denise Lecoy
Format: Paperback
A sweet story about a young Quail who learns life lessons about laughing, crying, anger, hurt, happiness, fear, trust, love and standing up for one self.

$10.95

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April Raintree
Authors:
Beatrice Culleton
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Very few of us have a proper understanding of the tragic and painful circumstances of native life in urban Canada. A truly black mark on the record of the Canadian government and Canadian society as a whole, these problems are dealt with by the astute and truthful writing of Beatrice Culleton. April Raintree is a work of autobiographical fiction that not only brings the reader into a genuine and difficult aspect of urban life, but also reveals Culleton`s significant talents.

Educator Information
Recommended Grades: 9-12.  This version of the novel was written specifically for students in grades 9-12 and does not contain the graphic scene that is contained in the original version, In Search of April Raintree.

Grades 10-12 English First Peoples resource.

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196 pages | 5.50" x 8.50"

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Half Breed
Authors:
Maria Campbell
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Maria Cambpell's biography is a classic, vital account of a young Metis woman's struggle to come to terms with the joys, sorrows, loves and tragedies of her northern Saskatchewan childhood.

Maria was a strong and sensitive child who lived in a community robbed of its pride and dignity by the dominant culture. At 15 she tried in vain to escape by marrying a white man, only to find herself trapped in the slums of Vancouver; addicted to drugs, tempted by suicide, close to death. But the inspiration of her Cree great-grandmother, Cheechum, gives her confidence in herself and in her people, confidence she needs to survive and to thrive.

Half-Breed offers an unparalleled understanding of the Metis people and of the racism and hatred they face. Maria Campbell's story cannot be denied and it cannot be forgotten: it stands as a challenge to all Canadians who believe in human rights and human dignity

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The Rabbit's Race
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Métis;
It is Grandparents Day at Joey's school. Joey's grandfather has been asked to be the guest speaker.

As grandpa enters the school gym stage he sits down on the chair provided to him and starts...

"When I was a boy, my grandfather always had a story for every occasion," he said. "He told me that while some stories are meant to be enjoyed, others have a lesson to help you grow. So, I'm going to do what my grandfather did with me when I was growing up. I'm going to tell a story."

Grandpa retells a story of a great rabbit race not only was it a race of speed, but it was also a race between two different races of rabbits, the bush rabbits and the jackrabbits. Much like the famous story about The Rabbit and Turtle, this story also has a surprising twist and valuable lessons.

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Kawlija's Blueberry Promise
Authors:
Audrey Guiboche
Artists:
Jim Kirby
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

The summer blueberry harvest is an annual expedition for young Kawlija and her family. When her father needs her to pick more berries than she eats, she promises to do her best. But can she resist temptation? This enchanting story is also a rich portrait of rural Metis life in the 50s.

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32 pages | 9.00" x 8.00"

 

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Soccer Star!
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;
Samantha Aqsarniq Keyes is used to a life on the move. Her military family has been transferred across Canada, and she's grown up with stories of her Inuit ancestors exploring the far north. For Sam, soccer has been the one constant in her life. But now that she's thirteen, her home base isn't the only thing that's changing.

Sam longs to show up Carly, her school's reigning soccer star, but Sam's new interest in theater is taking up a lot of time. Does she have the time to practice her sport and be the lead in the school play? And just how far will she go to prove to her parents that she can handle more than one extracurricular activity?

Soccer Star! is a novel about big ambitions and tough choices.
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Belle of Batoche
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Belle, an 11-year-old Metis girl, and Sarah both want the coveted job of church bell ringer. An embroidery contest is held to award the position, and Sarah cheats. Before Belle can expose her, the two are caught up in the advancing forces of General Middleton and his troops as they surround Batoche in the 1885 Riel Rebellion. The church bell disappeared that day and remains missing to this day.

Reviews
"This book can be a starting point for a more in-depth look at the Metis settlement and the struggle which ensued or it can be read just for enjoyment."— Resource Links, September 2004

Series Information
This book is part of the Orca Young Readers series, which are award-winning, bestselling chapter books for ages 8–11. Titles in this series include historical and contemporary stories with age-appropriate plots.

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144 pages | 5.00" x 7.50"

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Dancing in My Bones
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Dancing in My Bones, the sequel to the highly successful book Fiddle Dancer, returns us to the story of a young Metis boy named Nolin as he continues to discover his Metis heritage. Lovingly written by Wilfred Burton and Anne Patton and vividly illustrated by Sherry Farrell Racette, Dancing in My Bones will take you on a journey to discover Moushoom's first moose hunt, red lipstick kisses, Uncle Bunny's fiddling, and the return of the "Bannock Jig." But most importantly, by the end of the story, you might feel like you have dancing in your bones!

Includes a CD with English and Michif Narrations of the Story and Fiddle Music!

Educator Information
The trilogy is composed of these three titles: Fiddle Dancer, Dancing In My Bones, and Call of the FiddleDancing in My Bones is the second book in the trilogy.

Michif translations by Normal Fleury.

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The Giving Tree: A Retelling of a Traditional Metis Story
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;
This charming story, richly steeped in Metis culture, focuses on the boyhood reminisces of Moushoom as her describes finding the "great giving tree" with his mother and father. The story emphasizes the Metis core values and beliefs including strength, kindness, courage, tolerance, honesty, respect, love, sharing, caring, balance, patience, and most of all, the important connection with the creator and Mother Earth.
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Fiddle Dancer
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Fiddle Dancer tells the tale of a young Metis boy, Nolin, and his growing awareness of his Metis heritage and identity while his "Moushoom," or grandfather, teaches him to dance. Authors Wilfred Burton and Anne Patton masterfully weave a childhood story rich in Metis culture and language. This delightful story captures the importance of Elders as role models, a child's apprehension at learning new things, and the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren. Sherry Farrell Racette provides many beautiful illustrations for the book.

Includes a CD with English and Michif Narrations of the Story and Fiddle Music!

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This is the first book in a trilogy composed of these three titles: Fiddle Dancer, Dancing In My Bones, and Call of the Fiddle.

Michif translations by Normal Fleury.

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Racin' Jason
Format: Paperback
After helping his Mishoomis (Grandfather) save an orphaned Appaloosa colt from a bog, Jason takes a special interest in caring for it which he names Binesi or Thunderbird. At school, the bullies make fun of his affection for the funnylooking colt he hopes to race one day. They laugh and call him Racin Jason.With support from his Grandparents, Jason raises and trains Binesi. On the day of the big race, Jason and Binesi are ready. The teasing only makes Jason more determined than ever to win.
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Spirit of the White Bison
Format: Paperback
A young bison growing up on the plains in the late 1800s faces peril at the hands of soldiers, who are destroying the great buffalo herds as a way to control native tribes. He is befriended by a native warrior and a white hunter who try to save him and his herd from annihilation.
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A Name for a Metis
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

What's in a name? A little boy might be known as Great Big Nose because he's so nosy, or Big Ears because he listens so carefully. Yet there's one name that might suit him even better!

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$10.95

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Santa's Helper
Artists:
Sheldon Dawson
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

In this delightful Christmas story young Sarah learns a valuable lesson about the importance of giving and sharing, and helping others.

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The Bannock Book
Authors:
Linda Ducharme
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;
A young Metis girl helps her mother bake bannock for grandfather, who has diabetes. This is a lively and warm-hearted story that helps young readers understand diabetes and the importance of eating well.

Two bannock recipes are included, one traditional and one healthy.

Recommended, CM Magazine
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Li Minoush (Thomas and his Cat)
Artists:
Sheldon Dawson
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

When Thomas feels left out because all his friends have pets, he asks his mother for a cat. She agrees, and when she calls it Minoush she introduces her son to the Michif language.

Reviews
"Li Minoush, written by Manitoba author Bonnie Murray, is the first book in the "Michif Children's Series" which promotes Metis literature and culture. It is also the first book to be published in English with a Michif translation. The story concerns a young boy named Thomas who wishes for his own pet after hearing his two friends discuss their pets. Thomas asks his mother for a cat and promises to take care of it. His mother agrees to the idea, and, together, they select a kitten and name it Minoush, which means cat in Michif, the Metis language. Thomas' mother explains how unique their language is (a blend of French and Cree) and that it is in danger of becoming extinct. Through the cat's unusual name, Thomas is able to educate his friends about the existence of the Michif language. Li Minoush is culturally significant as Michif is an oral language not often seen in written form. As a reader, it is interesting to see the English and Michif wording side by side and to search for any similar words." - CM Magazine

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This book is part of the Michif Children's Series. It is delivered in a dual-language format of English and Michif.

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32 pages | 8.00" x 10.00"

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Life Stages and Native Women
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Cree; Métis;

A rare and inspiring guide to the health and well-being of Aboriginal women and their communities.

The process of "digging up medicines" - of rediscovering the stories of the past - serves as a powerful healing force in the decolonization and recovery of Aboriginal communities. In Life Stages and Native Women, Kim Anderson shares the teachings of fourteen elders from the Canadian prairies and Ontario to illustrate how different life stages were experienced by Metis, Cree, and Anishinaabe girls and women during the mid-twentieth century. These elders relate stories about their own lives, the experiences of girls and women of their childhood communities, and customs related to pregnancy, birth, post-natal care, infant and child care, puberty rites, gender and age-specific work roles, the distinct roles of post-menopausal women, and women's roles in managing death. Through these teachings, we learn how evolving responsibilities from infancy to adulthood shaped women's identities and place within Indigenous society, and were integral to the health and well-being of their communities. By understanding how healthy communities were created in the past, Anderson explains how this traditional knowledge can be applied toward rebuilding healthy Indigenous communities today.

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Stories of the Road Allowance People: The Revised Edition
Authors:
Maria Campbell
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;
Maria Campbell’s highly-acclaimed Stories of the Road Allowance People is the quintessential collection of traditional Michif stories. Since it was first published in 1995, this treasured resource has given voice to Métis Elders and has informed both Métis and non-Métis about the traditional Michif worldview. The Gabriel Dumont Institute is honoured to offer this invaluable book in a new edition. With a new story and introduction by Maria Campbell, new artwork by Sherry Farrell Racette and a narration component in English and in Michif, Stories of the Road Allowance People provides readers with poignant retellings of Michif traditional stories handed down from lii vyeu—the Old People.
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I Am Raven: A Story of Discovery
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Métis;

David Bouchard dives into his own life and identity in this beautifully illustrated book. Personal totems are often described as animal spirit guardians. Totems are passed down through family lines. The beautiful prose describes an amazing personal journey of discovery, finally, inviting the reader to do the same.

An Elder once asked me if my spirit animal guardian was Bear. I must have looked somewhat confused because she went on to explain that Bear was the wise Elder, the teacher. She told me that Bear understood as well as any what to take from our mother Earth and how important it was to always put back that which we took. “You’ve been a teacher many years? Are you guided by Bear?” she asked. “YES!” I answered confidently. “Yes. In fact, my guardian is the Grizzly Bear” I smiled. 

Dear reader, you must understand that I have always been fascinated by the powerful giant, Bear. “If you want to be certain of this,” she said softly, “all you have to do is close your eyes before travelling to your dreamtime – close your eyes and picture your guardian. Thank it. Ask it for guidance. Try to see it. It will be there for you. It does not hide. It is proud to be part of who you are.” 

That night, I couldn’t wait to get to bed. I was very anxious to see my totem. I knew to be Bear. I closed my eyes and the first and only thing I saw was a big, goofy looking Raven staring straight at me. He looked ragged; one of his neck feathers was sticking off to the side. I spoke to him, respectfully. “Hello Raven. It is good to see you here in my dreamtime. However, I’d be grateful if you would just step over to the side – either side – just step aside please because Bear is trying to come into my vision and – just step aside a little – please. 

I fell asleep. The next day, I shared my story with the knowing Elder who didn’t hesitate to tell me that she wasn’t surprised to hear my story. She knew that I had succeeded in school in spite of the fact that I was a weak reader. She knew that I had done things in my life that could have been seen as being too much for me. She knew my wife and that I had to be very cunning indeed to have talked such a beautiful woman into marrying me. The lesson I learned from that Elder that day came to me through the last words she spoke to me. “David, surely you know that you are not Bear. You are Raven.”

Reviews
"I Am Raven represents another chapter in the Canadian children’s literature depiction of the First Nation experience in Canada. What’s more, however, is that the text is so well written and the illustrations so well crafted that I Am Raven is not presented in any sort of an exclusionary manner. Rather, the notion of totems and “animal spirit guardians” is presented as an idea for everyone, regardless of their cultural identity. The author, David Bouchard, is Métis, and the illustrator, Andy Everson, has K'omoks and Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations ancestry. The author and illustrator’s evident pride in their ancestry contributes to a powerful, engaging, fascinating and, simply, lovely book for readers young and old." - Gregory Bryan, CM Magazine 

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32 pages

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Seven Sacred Teachings: Niizhwaaswi gagiikwewin
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Inuit; Métis;

The Seven Sacred Teachings is a message of
traditional values and hope for the future.
The Teachings are universal to most First
Nation peoples. These Teachings are seen in
school communities from coast to coast across
North America. They are a link that ties all Native, Inuit and Metis communities together.

The seven teachings include: respect, humility, love, truth, honesty, wisdom and courage. The stories in the book provide an example of how each teaching came to be.

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Relatives With Roots
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;
Relatives With Roots: A Story About Métis Women’s Connection to the Land is a heartfelt story about a Métis grandmother who takes her granddaughter out into the bush to teach her how to pick traditional medicines. As the granddaughter learns the traditional beliefs and stories about how the Métis people use the plants for food and medicine, she feels happy to be a Métis child with access to such wonderful cultural knowledge. This charming and vibrant book introduces young readers to key concepts in the traditional Métis worldview while focusing on the special relationship between a young Métis girl and her grandmother. Relatives With Roots is the second in a series of children’s books relating to traditional Métis values by Leah Marie Dorion. The first book, The Giving Tree: A Retelling of a Traditional Métis Story, was nominated in 2010 for a Willow Award in the Shining Willow category.
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Je suis Corbeau
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Métis;

Sélection Communication-Jeunesse 2010-2011, 5-8 ans
Médaille d’or du Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, 2009

“Certains vous diront que votre totem représente l’être que vous étiez dans une vie antérieure ou que vous pourriez devenir dans la prochaine. C’est peut-être vrai. D’autres vous diront que votre totem est la source de vos forces et de vos faiblesses. Ça, je le crois. Connaître mon totem m’aide à me connaître. Et quand je connais le totem de quelqu’un d’autre, cela m’aide à mieux le comprendre.”

Cet ouvrage de l’auteur métis David Bouchard nous familiarise avec le sens, le concept et le rôle du totem et des animaux emblématiques dans la vie de tous les jours des peuples des Premières nations. 

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26 pages | 8.46" x 9.84"

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Meet a Police Officer: Mueller Sisters
Authors:
Kim Ziervogel
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Three Albertan Métis sisters join the Royal Mounted Canadian Police. Read about their journey to becoming police officers.

They provide a realistic look at how much hard work and determination was required to reach their goals.

An inspirational story for young women.

Perfect for high school guidance departments.

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The Career Path Choices series showcases young Canadian First Nation, Métis and Inuit people engaged in interesting careers. The series highlights these peoples' hard work and determination and some interesting facts about their profession.

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19 pages

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Call of the Fiddle
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Call of the Fiddle completes the trilogy of a young boy as he embraces his Métis heritage and carries on his family’s traditions. Wilfred Burton and Anne Patton capture Batoche’s history and significance with their words, while Sherry Farrell Racette brings the land and Métis culture to life with her vibrant illustrations. Join Nolin one last time as he hears the rollicking rhythm of the “Red River Jig,” learns of tearful memories, and experiences the excitement of jigging at Batoche!

Includes a CD with English and Michif Narrations of the Story and Fiddle Music!

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The trilogy is composed of these three titles: Fiddle Dancer, Dancing In My Bones, and Call of the Fiddle

Michif translations by Normal Fleury.

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Chickadee Trust
Authors:
Angel St. Cyr
Artists:
Diane Lucas
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

When a youong boy moves to a new neighbourhood, bullies and thieves worry him, and he doesn't know whom to trust. It's up to his kind mother, with her friendship with the local birds, to show him how patience and a trusting heart can make the strangest new territory feel like home.

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32 pages | 9.00" x 8.00"

 

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Battle Cry at Batoche
Authors:
Beverly J. Bayle
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Cree; Métis;

Ben and Charity Muldoon are 15-year-old twins who find themselves in the midst of politically charged events in the Saskatchewan River Valley in 1885. One day, as Ben is walking through a ravine, he encounters a Cree boy named Red Eagle, who quickly becomes his friend after a hair-raising rescue.

Ben eventually discovers that a confrontation between the North-West Mounted Police and the Natives, led by Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont, is imminent. As events unfold, Ben and Red Eagle witness the struggles of the Metis and Cree for recognition and the failed efforts to negotiate a settlement that ultimately lead to tragedy and war. Caught between his loyalty to Red Eagle and the authority of a Hudson's Bay Company uncle he has never trusted, Ben must decide where his allegiance lies. But as he soon learns, when it comes to friendship, there is no taking sides.

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160 pages | 5.25" x 8.25"

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Hannah and the Salish Sea
Authors:
Carol Anne Shaw
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Métis; Salish;

In the second volume of the Hannah trilogy, summer has arrived, and fourteen-year-old Hannah Anderson is excited about spending it with Max (who has been giving her stomach butterflies lately). But things are happening in Cowichan Bay that Hannah can't explain. When a mysterious accident leads her to a nest of starving eaglets, she meets Izzy Tate, a young Metis girl staying in the village for the summer. Why is Izzy so angry all the time, and is it just a coincidence that she is the spitting image of Yisella, the Cowichan girl Hannah met the summer she was twelve? Hannah has even more questions. Why is Jack, her raven friend of First Nation legend, bringing her unusual "gifts" in the middle of the night? Is it all connected to a ring of poachers who have apparently moved into the valley? The eaglets are in danger and so are the Roosevelt elk. And what's with the Orca 1, the supposedly abandoned tuna boat anchored out in the bay? After Hannah and Max make a grisly discovery in the woods, they know they must take action. When Izzy agrees to join them on a midnight kayak trip, the three discover the unspeakable poaching secret on the Orca 1, and they are soon in a fight for their lives and the lives of the endangered animals being hunted for their parts.

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“Carol Anne Shaw provides young teen protagonists with contexts for their own parent and family issues, first attractions, peer pressures, jealousies, trust, and reactivity while learning to be themselves, not what others want them to be. . . . Within the framework of a gloriously natural setting, a First Nations history, and contemporary environmental issues, Hannah and the Salish Sea is sure to draw new readership from those who don’t want to relive too much angst in their books.” —CanLit for Little Canadians

“A delightful evocation of West Coast island life, complete with poachers, grow-ops, First Nations legends and two adventurous and confused fourteen-year-olds.” — John Wilson

Hannah & the Salish Sea pits three spirited teenagers against a gang of unsavory poachers and pot-growers. A quintessential west coast adventure story that’s part page-turner, part budding romance, and part homage to the traditional stories of the Cowichan First Peoples.” —Nikki Tate

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This is the second book in the Hannah Series, a juvenile fiction novel series.

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Healing Wounded Hearts
Authors:
Fyre Jean Graveline
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;
Healing Wounded Hearts brings together stories, poems and artwork that illustrate the struggles and strengths that Fyre Jean has, as a Métis Woman, living everyday in intersecting, parallel, sometimes colliding, socio-cultural realities. Baring her Heart and Soul, she shares personal, painful, spiritual discoveries of how life and worlds work, through Stories that have grown her into who she is. Through a blend of original research, reflective journals and creative use of dialogue, people, places, times, events, beings come alive. Simultaneously Traditional and Experimental, Factual and Fictional, her word choice and placement foreground questions of Authority, Power and Privilege. Fyre Jean is a wordsmith who bends and shapes languages, to make Truth, to Transform, to Move herself and her readers from one Place, Condition, Reality, to another. Healing Wounded Hearts is a process, a flow, a Journey. When you open this book, you open a Doorway to Healing. Be prepared to experience her worlds—personal and political, academic and artistic, humorous and tragic. You will be enlightened, inspired, moved, surprised into new ways of Seeing, Believing, Being. A must read for social activists, academics, artists, helpers and those on a Healing Journey.
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A Very Small Rebellion
Authors:
Jan Truss
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

“You must stand up for your way of life in the forest and protect it against the dangers that menace it.”

Paul Gauthier heard the voice in his dream and woke to stare at the poster on the wall of his bedroom. The sad, angry eyes of the man on the poster looked down at him. It was as if the poster had come alive.

The man in the poster is Louis Riel, and in this powerfully wrought historical novel by Jan Truss, Paul Gauthier has been chosen to play Riel in a school play at a time in his life when new menaces threaten the small Metis settlement where he lives with his family.

Convinced that such menaces can be fought with the same spirit that emboldened Riel, Paul and his young Indian friend Simon Buffalo set out to thwart a government plan to raze the settlement to make room for a new highway.

An essay by Jack Chambers complements the novel, weaving through it the parallel history of the Riel Rebellion of 1885, and the events and confrontations of another time.

That the spirit of Louis Riel lives on can be heard in the voices of the characters in this remarkable novel on every page; for as the essayist writes, “The spirit of Louis Riel is neither old-fashioned nor modern, but timeless.”

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Tales From the Big Spirit, The Rebel: Gabriel Dumont
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;
For Tyrese, history class is the lowest point of his school day. That is, until his friend Levi reveals a secret – a secret that brings history alive, in the form of one Gabriel Dumont. Through Dumont, a great Métis leader of the Northwest Resistance, the boys experience a bison hunt, a skirmish with the Blackfoot, and an encounter with the great Louis Riel, and, ultimately, a great battle of the Northwest Resistance at Batoche, Saskatchewan.

The Rebel is one book in the Tales from Big Spirit series. Tales from Big Spirit is a unique six-book graphic novel series that delves into the stories of six great Indigenous heroes from Canadian history—some already well known and others who deserve to be. Designed to correspond to grades 4–6 social studies curriculums across Canada, these full colour graphic novels could be used in literature circles, novel studies, and book clubs to facilitate discussion of social studies topics. These books will help students make historical connections while promoting important literacy skills. The series also includes:

The Scout: Tommy Prince, a decorated Aboriginal war hero, and his exploits on the European battlefields of the Second World War.

The Peacemaker: Thanadelthur, a young Dene woman enslaved by the Cree, who becomes a guide for the Hudson Bay Company. In 1715 she negotiated a peace between longstanding enemies, the Cree and Dene.

The Ballad of Nancy April: Shawnadithit, the last remaining member of the Beothuk people of Newfoundland.

The Land of Os: John Ramsay, a Saulteaux man from the west shore of Lake Winnipeg, who, though dispossessed from his land, helped the Icelandic settlers who arrived in 1875 withstand the smallpox epidemic of the following year. (expected release date July 2014)

The Poet: Pauline Johnson, born on the Six Nations Reserve, who wrote and performed her work throughout North America, and was a pioneer of Canadian literature.

Grade: for grades 4–6

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The teacher's guide is designed to help classroom teacher's use the graphic novel series, Tales From Big Spirit, by David Alexander Robertson. The guide provides detailed lessons that meet a wide range of language arts and social studies goals, integrate Indigenous perspectives, and make curricular content more accessible to diverse learners.
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The Comic Book War
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;
Can three comic-book superheroes, and a rock that falls from the sky, really protect Robert Tourond's brothers as they fight the enemy in Europe during World War II?

It's 1943 and World War II is raging. 13-year-old Robert Tourond is safe at home in Calgary, but his three brothers are all overseas, fighting the Nazis. A dreamer, Robert closely follows the exploits of his three favourite comic book heroes - Captain Ice, Sedna of the Sea and the Maple Leaf Kid - who also battle the bad guys in the weekly comics he spends his allowance on. Robert decides that the superheroes will protect his brothers and bring them home, so when he recovers a meteorite that he saw fall in Nose Hill Park near his home, in the very same week that a meteorite features in the story lines of all three of his heroes, he has no doubt that a magical link exists between them.

Robert has a nemesis of his own on the streets of Calgary – a girl they call "Crazy Charlie", though not to her face. Charlie and Robert's paths seem entwined as well – Charlie wins the prize money that Robert badly needs to keep the comics coming. When Robert gets a job delivering telegrams, Charlie's doing it too, cutting into his profits.

First they discover exactly what news those telegrams they're fighting to deliver has for the recipients. Then Charlie has to deliver one to Robert's house.

Can Robert and his heroes really protect all three brothers and bring them home? What will happen if reality comes crashing into his world, like a meteorite falling from space? Who will help then?
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Girls Dance, Boys Fiddle
Artists:
Kimberly McKay
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Young Metisse may think she has two left feet when it comes to dancing, but her hands know how to coax beautiful music from a fiddle. If only everyone would understand. Girls Dance, Boys Fiddle is a funny but feeling story of a girl who has to challenge tradition to prove that she can fiddle with the best.

Carole Lindstrom's thoughtful story is warmed and brightened by Kimberley McKay's vivid illustrations.

Reviews
"Even though the main character in the story is of Metis heritage,Girls Dance, Boys Fiddle is more than a story about a Native American girl who wants to fiddle, only to be told repeatedly that boys fiddle. It’s the story of any child who wants to play the fiddle, she just happens to be Native American - and a girl.  It could be any of us that want to do something so badly, and even though we keep getting told we’re too small, or not smart enough, or not pretty enough, that if you try hard enough and you’re heart is in it, you can move mountains.  Or play a fiddle." - From the author's website.

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Strong Readers Métis Series: My Métis Sash (L3)
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Level 3 Back cover book introduction: This book is about a Métis sash. This sash is made from 5 coloured threads. The threads are woven together. Weaving the threads together makes a sash very strong. Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in Pages: 16 ISBN: 9781771740739

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Strong Readers Métis Series: My Métis Sash (L3) 6-Pack
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Text Content Territories: Métis;

Level 3 Back cover book introduction: This book is about a Métis sash. This sash is made from 5 coloured threads. The threads are woven together. Weaving the threads together makes a sash very strong. Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in Pages: 16 6-Pack ISBN: 9781771740906

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Strong Readers Métis Series: Métis People Travel! (L6)
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Text Content Territories: Métis;

Level 6 Back cover book introduction: Métis people have different ways of traveling over the land and water in the summer, fall, winter and spring. This book will show you some of the ways that Métis people can travel. Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in Pages: 16 ISBN: 9781771740722

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Strong Readers Métis Series: Métis People Travel! (L6) 6-Pack
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Text Content Territories: Métis;

Level 6 Back cover book introduction: Métis people have different ways of traveling over the land and water in the summer, fall, winter and spring. This book will show you some of the ways that Métis people can travel. Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in Pages: 16 6-Pack ISBN: 9781771740890

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Strong Readers Métis Series: I Can Bead (L8)
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Text Content Territories: Métis;

Level 8 Back cover book introduction: Beads are small. They come in many colours. This book is about learning to make things with beads. Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in Pages: 16 ISBN: 9781771740715

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Strong Readers Métis Series: I Can Bead (L8) 6-Pack
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Text Content Territories: Métis;

Level 8 Back cover book introduction: Beads are small. They come in many colours. This book is about learning to make things with beads. Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in Pages: 16 6-Pack ISBN: 9781771740883

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Strong Readers Métis Series: Giving Thanks (L10)
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Text Content Territories: Métis;

Level 10 Back cover book introduction: We often give thanks for the things in our lives that we are grateful for. In this book you will read about many of the things that Métis Elders give thanks for. Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in Pages: 16 ISBN: 9781771740708

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Strong Readers Métis Series: Giving Thanks (L10) 6-Pack
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Text Content Territories: Métis;

Level 10 Back cover book introduction: We often give thanks for the things in our lives that we are grateful for. In this book you will read about many of the things that Métis Elders give thanks for. Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in Pages: 16 6-Pack ISBN: 9781771740876

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Strong Readers Métis Series: A Métis New Year (L12)
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Text Content Territories: Métis;

Level 12 Back cover book introduction: New Year’s Eve is on December 31. It is the last day of the year. At midnight the old year ends and a new one begins. In this book you will learn about some of the ways that Métis families have fun on New Year’s Eve. Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in Pages: 16 ISBN: 9781771740678

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Strong Readers Métis Series: A Métis New Year (L12) 6-Pack
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Text Content Territories: Métis;

Level 12 Back cover book introduction: New Year’s Eve is on December 31. It is the last day of the year. At midnight the old year ends and a new one begins. In this book you will learn about some of the ways that Métis families have fun on New Year’s Eve. Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in Pages: 16 6-Pack ISBN: 9781771740845

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Strong Readers Métis Series: Two Métis Vests (L14)
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Text Content Territories: Métis;

Level 14 Back cover book introduction: A Métis vest is a piece of clothing. It is like a short jacket but it has no sleeves. It has buttons down the front. Métis women decorate the vests with colourful designs and fringes. There are pictures of two Métis vests in this book. Which one do you think would be the hardest to make? Why? Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in Pages: 16 ISBN: 9781771740685

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Strong Readers Métis Series: Two Métis Vests (L14) 6-Pack
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Text Content Territories: Métis;

Level 14 Back cover book introduction: A Métis vest is a piece of clothing. It is like a short jacket but it has no sleeves. It has buttons down the front. Métis women decorate the vests with colourful designs and fringes. There are pictures of two Métis vests in this book. Which one do you think would be the hardest to make? Why? Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in Pages: 16 6-Pack ISBN: 9781771740852

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Strong Readers Métis Series: A Red River Cart (L16)
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Text Content Territories: Métis;

Level 16 Back cover book introduction: The Red River cart is very strong. It is built by the Métis people to carry heavy loads of furs and other things. This book will show you how a Red River cart is made. Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in Pages: 16 ISBN: 9781771740692

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Strong Readers Métis Series: A Red River Cart (L16) 6-Pack
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Text Content Territories: Métis;

Level 16 Back cover book introduction: The Red River cart is very strong. It is built by the Métis people to carry heavy loads of furs and other things. This book will show you how a Red River cart is made. Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in Pages: 16 6-Pack ISBN: 9781771740869

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Strong Readers Métis Series: Ways to Carry A Métis Baby (L18)
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Level 18 Back cover book introduction: Métis mothers have many ways to carry their babies. This book will show you some of the ways that Métis mothers carried their babies long ago. Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in Pages: 16 ISBN: 9781771740746

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Strong Readers Métis Series: Ways to Carry A Métis Baby (L18) 6-Pack
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Text Content Territories: Métis;

Level 18 Back cover book introduction: Métis mothers have many ways to carry their babies. This book will show you some of the ways that Métis mothers carried their babies long ago. Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in Pages: 16 6-Pack ISBN: 9781771740913

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Peace Pipe Dreams
Authors:
Darrell Dennis
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Inuit; Métis;
In 2015-2016, Peace Pipe Dreams was the award recipient for First Nation Communities Read.

Darrell Dennis is a stereotype-busting, politically incorrect Native American/Aboriginal/Shuswap (Only he's allowed to call himself an "Indian." Maybe. Under some circumstances). With a large dose of humour and irreverence, he untangles some of the truths and myths about First Nations: Why do people think Natives get free trucks, and why didn't he ever get one? Why does the length of your hair determine whether you’re good or bad? By what ratio does the amount of rain in a year depend on the amount of cactus liquor you consume?

In addition to answering these burning questions, Dennis tackles some tougher subjects. He looks at European-Native interactions in North America from the moment of first contact, discussing the fur trade, treaty-signing and the implementation of residential schools. Addressing misconceptions still widely believed today, Dennis explains why Native people aren't genetically any more predisposed to become alcoholics than Caucasians; that Native religion doesn't consist of worshipping rocks, disappearing into thin air, or conversing with animals; and that tax exemptions are so limited and confusing that many people don't even bother.

Employing pop culture examples, personal anecdote and a cutting wit, Darrell Dennis deftly weaves history with current events to entertain, inform and provide a convincing, readable overview of First Nations issues and why they matter today.
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Manny's Memories
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Manny's Memories, by Author Ken Caron with his daughter Angela Caron, introduces us to the Métis community of Round Prairie, Saskatchewan through the eyes of a young boy growing up in the 1940s. Manny shares his boyhood memories of the once vibrant community not too far from Saskatoon's city limits. Though rural life at the time called for hard work, self-sufficiency, and generosity, there was always time to have fun and to enjoy being a young Métis boy. Artist Donna Lee Dumont's visual expression of Manny's Memories helps us see the world as Ken, called "Manny" in his youth, remembers it. Norman Fleury's accompanying Michif translation and narration returns to the language which Manny often hears as a boy. Manny's Memories leaves us with a rare and satisfying glimpse of life not so long ago.

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Grade Level: Primary
Format: Book/CD, English/Michif-Cree

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Metis Soldiers of Saskatchewan: 1914-1953
Authors:
Cathy Littlejohn
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;
Métis Soldiers of Saskatchewan greatly contributes to our knowledge of the role played by Saskatchewan’s Métis during Canada’s war efforts. This important commemorative book contains hundreds of photographs as well as a detailed list of more than 1,700 Métis soldiers from Saskatchewan who fought in two World Wars and the Korean war.
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My First Métis Lobstick
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Leah Marie Dorion’s My First Métis Lobstick takes young readers back to Canada’s fur trade era by focusing on a Métis family’s preparations for a lobstick celebration and feast in the boreal forest. Through the eyes of a young boy, we see how important lobstick making and ceremony was to the Métis community. From the Great Lakes to the present-day Northwest Territories, lobstick poles—important cultural and geographical markers, which merged Cree, Ojibway, and French-Canadian traditions—dotted the landscape of our great northern boreal forest. This little-known aspect of Métis history vividly comes to life through Leah Marie Dorion’s crisp prose and stunning gallery-quality artwork.

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This is a dual-language picture book delivered in English and Michif.  It includes a CD.

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72 pages | 10.98" x 8.54" | Michif translation by Normal Fleury

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Lightfinder
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Cree; Métis;

Lightfinder is a Young Adult fantasy novel about Aisling, a young Cree woman who sets out into the wilderness with her Kokum (grandmother), Aunty and two young men she barely knows.

They have to find and rescue her runaway younger brother, Eric. Along the way she learns that the legends of her people might be real and that she has a growing power of her own. The story follows the paths of Aisling and Eric, siblings unwittingly thrust into a millennia-old struggle for the future of life on earth. It deals with growing up, love and loss, and the choices life puts in our path. Love and confusion are in store, as are loss and pain. Things are not always what they seem and danger surrounds them at every turn. Will Raven's mysterious purposes prevail? With darkness closing in how will they find the light to guide them? Will Aisling find Eric in time?

Set in the Alberta landscape with references to real-world challenges faced by youth today, Lightfinder has proven to be a hit with young adults and adults alike. Lightfinder spent over 60 days in Amazon's Top 100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels in 2014.

Awards

  • Winner of the 2015 Burt Award for First Nations, Metis and Inuit Literature!

Reviews
"With an artist's eye and a storyteller's soaring imagination, Aaron Paquette has written a page-turner. I found myself rooting hard for Aisling, Eric and their beloved Kokum. This book is a hugely engaging cautionary tale: the stakes are high if we keep giving in to our appetites. But there is great light in Lightfinder. Congratulations, Aaron, on this strong debut." - Shelagh Rogers 

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Recommended Ages: 11-18

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Emma's Gift
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Emma wants to participate in her community’s annual ‘King’s Day’ celebration that is held every year on January 6th. She loves to see the gifts that are given and hear the stories people tell when they visit. Her mother, however, feels that Emma is too young.

When Emma’s grandmother hurts herself, Emma reluctantly agrees to help. In helping her grandmother prepare and serve her King’s Day meal, Emma discovers the meaning behind this special day. ‘King’s Day’ is about celebrating Christ’s birth and the Three Wise Kings who visited the baby Jesus bearing gifts on this holy day. Emma learns that ‘King’s Day’ is not only about exchanging gifts, it’s also about helping family and friends by giving one's time.

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"Deborah Delaronde uses her unique gift for writing and the insights of her Métis heart to gift us with this story of Emma. It is a heart-warming story that uncovers bit by bit how Emma realizes and integrates the meaning of King Day's into her young life. This book gives a wonderful insight into our Métis culture." - Joe McLellan, author of The Nanabosho Series

"Careful, spare sentences, paired with smartly detailed, almost cinematic drawings, gentle us through Emma's experience of the Kings' Day, the Métis traditional celebration of The Epiphany. The young woman's growing understanding --her own epiphany-- of the customs of give and take between the adults of her family and community, and her own gifting, make this a lovely story about a sweet step in a girl's growing up." - Daniel David Moses, author of A Small Essay on the Largeness of Light and Other Poems

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Rekindling the Sacred Fire: Metis Ancestry and Anishinaabe Spirituality
Authors:
Chantal Fiola
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Anishinaabeg; Métis;
Why don’t more Métis people go to traditional ceremonies? How does going to ceremonies impact Métis identity? In Rekindling the Sacred Fire, Chantal Fiola investigates the relationship between Red River Métis ancestry, Anishinaabe spirituality, and identity, bringing into focus the ongoing historical impacts of colonization upon Métis relationships with spirituality on the Canadian prairies. Using a methodology rooted in Anishinaabe knowledge and principles along with select Euro-Canadian research practices and tools, Fiola’s work is a model for indigenized research.

Fiola’s interviews of people with Métis ancestry, or an historic familial connection to the Red River Métis, who participate in Anishinaabe ceremonies, shares stories about family history, self-identification, and their relationships with Aboriginal and Euro-Canadian cultures and spiritualities. This study seeks to understand the historical suppression of Anishinaabe spirituality among the Métis and its more recent reconnection that breaks down the colonial divisions between their cultures.
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Strong Readers Single Set: Métis Series
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

The Strong Readers Métis Series launched in December 2014.

Single sets include 1 copy each of 8 titles in the Métis Series.

The Métis Series includes a mixture of fiction and non-fiction books that provide cultural reflections of the Métis.

The series includes titles ranging from levels 3 to 18:

LV. 3 - My Métis Sash
LV. 6 - Métis People Travel!
LV. 8 - I Can Bead
LV. 10 - Giving Thanks
LV. 12 - A Métis New Year
LV. 14 - Two Métis Vests
LV. 16 - A Red River Cart
LV. 18 - Ways To Carry A Métis Baby

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Strong Readers Guided Reading Bundle: Métis Series
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

The Strong Readers: Métis Series launched in December 2014.

Guided Reading bundles include 6 copies of each of the 8 titles in the Métis Series.

The Métis Series includes a mixture of fiction and non-fiction books that provide cultural reflections of the Métis.

The series includes titles ranging from levels 3 to 18:

LV. 3 - My Métis Sash
LV. 6 - Métis People Travel!
LV. 8 - I Can Bead
LV. 10 - Giving Thanks
LV. 12 - A Métis New Year
LV. 14 - Two Métis Vests
LV. 16 - A Red River Cart
LV. 18 - Ways To Carry A Métis Baby

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Page As Bone Ink As Blood
Text Content Territories: Métis;
Death, desire, and divination are the threads running through Jonina Kirton's debut collection of poems and lyric prose. Delicate and dark, the pieces are like whispers in the night - a haunted, quiet telling of truths the mind has locked away but the body remembers. Loosely autobiographical, these are the weavings of a wagon-goddess who ventures into the double-world existence as a mixed-race woman. In her struggle for footing in this in-between space, she moves from the disco days oftrance dance to contemplations in her dream kitchen as a mother and wife.

With this collection, Kirton adds her voice to the call for the kind of fierce honesty referred to by Muriel Rukeyser when she asked, What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open. Kirton tells her truth with gentleness and patience, splitting the world open one line at a time.
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The Outside Circle: A Graphic Novel
Authors:
Patti LaBoucane-Benson
Artists:
Kelly Mellings
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

In this important graphic novel, two Aboriginal brothers surrounded by poverty, drug abuse, and gang violence, try to overcome centuries of historic trauma in very different ways to bring about positive change in their lives.

Pete, a young Aboriginal man wrapped up in gang violence, lives with his younger brother, Joey, and his mother who is a heroin addict. One night, Pete and his mother’s boyfriend, Dennis, get into a big fight, which sends Dennis to the morgue and Pete to jail. Initially, Pete keeps up ties to his crew, until a jail brawl forces him to realize the negative influence he has become on Joey, which encourages him to begin a process of rehabilitation that includes traditional Aboriginal healing circles and ceremonies.

Powerful, courageous, and deeply moving, The Outside Circle is drawn from the author’s twenty years of work and research on healing and reconciliation of gang-affiliated or incarcerated Aboriginal men.

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Northern Writers: Volume 5
Authors:
M. D. Meyer
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Métis;
Northern Writers Volume 5 has something to suit every taste with a rich smorgasbord of writing styles and genres all reflecting the wealth of diversity found in the North.

Contributions to this anthology include a legend embedded in a story of a boat ride with his grandfather by Ferrin Towers; a numismatist’s view of Manitoba’s trade tokens by historian, Scott M. Hopkins; a children’s story about York Boat Days by Corrine Clyne; memories of the S.S. Keenora by celebrated story-teller, Clarence Thordarson; reflective stories for youth by young adult author, Dana L. Coates and children’s book author, Brenda Fontaine; an essay on Aboriginal Poverty by university student, David Kelvin McKay; poems by local writers, Doug Senio and Marcel C. Menow; a blog post about his new life in Africa by Josiah Meyer; poems and song lyrics by Dorene Meyer and Paul Meyer; children’s stories from teachers Erin Hopkins and Samuel Parmar; memories of Holland during World War II by former northern outpost nurse, Suzanna Abels-Meyer; and memories of her childhood in Tootinawaziibeeng First Nations by Deborah Ironstand.
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Mother Earth Colouring and Activity Book
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

This original colouring book gives children of all ages and families an opportunity to explore and discover Indigenous culture through colouring. Arts educator Leah Marie Dorion enhances the colouring experience by providing activities to develop basic creative and critical thinking, and drawing skills. This book was specifically made for parents, early learning teachers, art educators, childcare programs, and family literacy programs who want imaginative interactive learning materials with Indigenous content.

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Kipawa Deux sangs
Authors:
Daniel Gagné
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Une rencontre fortuite en 1948, improbable au coeur des denses forêts du Bas-Témiscaningue, scelle à jamais le destin de deux êtres que rien n'avait préparés à réunir. Tom, un étudiant en entomologie forestière, et Suzanne, une jeune métisse au coeur farouche. Ils sont loin de se douter que leur sort est lié à celui d'un tout petit insecte qui pourrait livrer bataille à la mouche à scie de l'épinette, échappée d'Europe, et qui ravage les forêts de l'immense territoire du Kipawa. Mais pour lui donner la chance d'agir, une grande compagnie forestière doit renoncer aux méthodes classiques de lutte contre les insectes et se mettre à l'écoute du petit peuple d'eau, les Algonquins qui habitent le pays depuis des milliers d'années. Le secret que tentent de percer les entomologistes pourra-t-il remonterjusqu'à la surface, au milieu des remous et des obstacles qui se dressent sur le parcours hésitant de Tom et Suzanne ? En toile de fond, tout le drame de la vie métisse, partagée entre deux mondes, deux sangs, deux contradictions. Mais ne sommes-nous pas tous un peu métis sous le couvert des apparences?

Daniel Gagné est né à Rouyn-Noranda, en Abitibi. Très tôt, il s'est intéressé aux langues amérindiennes, plus particulièrement l'algonquin, qu'il a tenté d'apprivoiser lors de ses séjours dans divers campements et lieux de rassemblement d'été de ce peuple. Il signe ici son premier roman pour ados et adulte.

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Louis Riel (Levert)
Authors:
Louise Tondreau-Levert
Artists:
Jocelyn Jalette
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

La lecture de ce livre sur Louis-Riel transportera les jeunes lecteurs bien au-delà des dates et des faits historiques. La vie de cet homme hors du commun dévoile de grands pans de l’histoire de l’Ouest canadien. Grâce aux courtes bandes dessinées, ils y découvriront le quotidien du célèbre Métis et de ses compagnons. Ce roman-vérité aborde l’importance de la famille, de l’école, de la solidarité et de l’entraide, sans oublier la grande chasse aux bisons.

Une biographie entrecoupée de faits vécus et de fiction, le tout agrémenter d’illustrations, de cartes et même d’une recette!

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Road Allowance Kitten
Artists:
Christina Johns
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;
They say, “Home is where the heart is.” For Rosie and Madeline, home also included their pet kitten. Imagine being told you have to leave your home … without your pet. Based on a true story, Road Allowance Kitten gives readers a glimpse into the history of the Road Allowance Métis and their forced removal from their humble, but beloved, homes on the road allowance. Award-winning children’s author Wilfred Burton skillfully shares this story through the eyes of the children involved. The vibrant illustrations by Christina Johns are the perfect accompaniment to this authentic vignette of a little-known part of Prairie history.

Comes with a CD featuring the English and Michif narrations of the book.
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The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy
Authors:
Cherie Dimaline
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;
From award-winning author Cherie Dimaline comes a tale of struggle, hope and the kind of magic that can only happen when you mix the Mississippi and the Georgian Bay.

A galaxy of odd planets spins around Ruby Bloom's head, slick and regulated as a game of snooker.

The big purple one is Anxiety. It grew in the slipstream of Guilt, a smooth, loud planet with two moons: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Agoraphobia. The black one is Envy. It's crusted with ice and solid as tungsten. The pink spotted one, a loud sparkly affair, is Fantasy and is careens wildly about like a ball after the break. There is a shiny amber globe that catches passing light; a small marble named Longing that is the brightest of all the orbs.

The universe didn't start with a big bang of cosmic proportions; instead it grew out of trauma that occured in the middle on an otherwise quiet childhood. It began the day Ruby Bloom, age seven and a half, killed her grandfather.

"Cherie Dimaline writes like an angel. One tough, hard-edged angel, but an angel nonetheless"
-- Tomson Highway

"Cherie Dimaline is a fabulous writer, a fierce Metis poet-warrior who dances and slashes her way through the hallucinogenic heartbreak and hilarity of contemporary Indigenous experiences in Canada. Her word-worlds are tough, tender, and terrifying; she'll tear you heart out and you will be better--and grateful--for the experience. I've long been a fan of her work, but this book is something fresh and wonderful, and with it she shows again why she's a writer to watch. The Girl Who Grew A Galaxy will grace you with its beauty, touch you with its truth, and haunt your imagination."
--Daniel Heath Justice Ph.D.
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Stories of Our People book 3: Whistle for Protection
Authors:
Jeanne Pelletier
Artists:
Carrie Sagance
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;
This series is a departure from other books about Aboriginal or traditional stories. It includes five stories. As readers go through the series, they will notice that the narrative and artwork gets progressively darker. The series starts with trickster stories, then moves to a Whiitigo and Paakuk story, then jumps to a story about selling one’s soul and personal redemption, and finally to a Roogaroo story.

This project came to life from the stories of our Elders, and as such, original transcripts of the stories, prose renditions by Janice DePeel, and biographies of the storytellers and project team are available on the Virtual Museum of Métis History and Culture: www.metismuseum.ca/browse/index.php?id=13100

Based on stories by Norman Fleury, Gilbert Pelletier, Jeanne Pelletier, Joe Welsh, and Norma Welsh.

Stories of Our People/Lii zistwayr di la naasyoon di Michif Series:
How Michif was Lost
Chi-Jean and the Red Willows
Whistle for Protection
Sins of the Righteous
Attack of the Roogaroos!
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Stories of Our People book 2: Chi-Jean and the Red Willows
Authors:
Norman Fleury
Gilbert Pelletier
Artists:
Carrie Sagance
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;
This series is a departure from other books about Aboriginal or traditional stories. It includes five stories. As readers go through the series, they will notice that the narrative and artwork gets progressively darker. The series starts with trickster stories, then moves to a Whiitigo and Paakuk story, then jumps to a story about selling one’s soul and personal redemption, and finally to a Roogaroo story.

This project came to life from the stories of our Elders, and as such, original transcripts of the stories, prose renditions by Janice DePeel, and biographies of the storytellers and project team are available on the Virtual Museum of Métis History and Culture: www.metismuseum.ca/browse/index.php?id=13100

Based on stories by Norman Fleury, Gilbert Pelletier, Jeanne Pelletier, Joe Welsh, and Norma Welsh.

Stories of Our People/Lii zistwayr di la naasyoon di Michif Series:
How Michif was Lost
Chi-Jean and the Red Willows
Whistle for Protection
Sins of the Righteous
Attack of the Roogaroos!
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Stories of Our People book 4: Sins of the Righteous
Artists:
Carrie Sagance
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;
This series is a departure from other books about Aboriginal or traditional stories. It includes five stories. As readers go through the series, they will notice that the narrative and artwork gets progressively darker. The series starts with trickster stories, then moves to a Whiitigo and Paakuk story, then jumps to a story about selling one’s soul and personal redemption, and finally to a Roogaroo story.

This project came to life from the stories of our Elders, and as such, original transcripts of the stories, prose renditions by Janice DePeel, and biographies of the storytellers and project team are available on the Virtual Museum of Métis History and Culture: www.metismuseum.ca/browse/index.php?id=13100

Based on stories by Norman Fleury, Gilbert Pelletier, Jeanne Pelletier, Joe Welsh, and Norma Welsh.

Stories of Our People/Lii zistwayr di la naasyoon di Michif Series:
How Michif was Lost
Chi-Jean and the Red Willows
Whistle for Protection
Sins of the Righteous
Attack of the Roogaroos!
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Stories of Our People book 5: Attack of the Roogaroos!
Artists:
Carrie Sagance
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;
This series is a departure from other books about Aboriginal or traditional stories. It includes five stories. As readers go through the series, they will notice that the narrative and artwork gets progressively darker. The series starts with trickster stories, then moves to a Whiitigo and Paakuk story, then jumps to a story about selling one’s soul and personal redemption, and finally to a Roogaroo story.

This project came to life from the stories of our Elders, and as such, original transcripts of the stories, prose renditions by Janice DePeel, and biographies of the storytellers and project team are available on the Virtual Museum of Métis History and Culture: www.metismuseum.ca/browse/index.php?id=13100

Based on stories by Norman Fleury, Gilbert Pelletier, Jeanne Pelletier, Joe Welsh, and Norma Welsh.

Stories of Our People/Lii zistwayr di la naasyoon di Michif Series:
How Michif was Lost
Chi-Jean and the Red Willows
Whistle for Protection
Sins of the Righteous
Attack of the Roogaroos!
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Stories of Our People book 1: How Michif was Lost
Authors:
Jeanne Pelletier
Artists:
Carrie Sagance
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;
This series is a departure from other books about Aboriginal or traditional stories. It includes five stories. As readers go through the series, they will notice that the narrative and artwork gets progressively darker. The series starts with trickster stories, then moves to a Whiitigo and Paakuk story, then jumps to a story about selling one’s soul and personal redemption, and finally to a Roogaroo story.

This project came to life from the stories of our Elders, and as such, original transcripts of the stories, prose renditions by Janice DePeel, and biographies of the storytellers and project team are available on the Virtual Museum of Métis History and Culture: www.metismuseum.ca/browse/index.php?id=13100

Based on stories by Norman Fleury, Gilbert Pelletier, Jeanne Pelletier, Joe Welsh, and Norma Welsh.

Stories of Our People/Lii zistwayr di la naasyoon di Michif Series:
How Michif was Lost
Chi-Jean and the Red Willows
Whistle for Protection
Sins of the Righteous
Attack of the Roogaroos!
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Spirit Gifting: The Concept of Spiritual Exchange
Authors:
Elmer Ghostkeeper
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;
Join author Elmer Ghostkeeper as he guides us back to the 1940's and explains the yearly Métis cycle of Mekiachahkewewin or Spirit Gifting, wherein humans engage in a collaborative project with the Earth for mutual survival. When resource industries come to Paddle River, the community's relationship with the Earth changes profoundly. Ghostkeeper eloquently describes his experience of these opposing world views.

From the Forward ...

"The information delves into the natural cycles of Métis. Placing it in a personal context strengthens the experience for the reader and makes it that much more meaningful."

Dr. Wanda Wuttannee
Department Head, Native Studies
University of Manitoba
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Red Rooms
Authors:
Cherie Dimaline
Format: Paperback
Red Rooms is a unique journey articulating the lives of the Native patrons of an urban hotel as seen through the eyes of the hotels cleaning lady. The characters face the crises in their lives in ways that are easily identifiable and not uncommon to Native people. What is unique about this collection of stories is Dimaline's sometimes cryptic, sometimes comedic, always compassionate and visionary housekeeper who offers hindsight, insight and foresight to the reader in the representation of their lives."Haunting and complex Red Rooms is the Native Rosetta Stone. A lovely tour de force from an up-and-coming writer to watch."Eden Robinson
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The Break
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

When Stella, a young Métis mother, looks out her window one evening and spots someone in trouble on the Break — a barren field on an isolated strip of land outside her house — she calls the police to alert them to a possible crime.

In a series of shifting narratives, people who are connected, both directly and indirectly, with the victim — police, family, and friends — tell their personal stories leading up to that fateful night. Lou, a social worker, grapples with the departure of her live-in boyfriend. Cheryl, an artist, mourns the premature death of her sister Rain. Paulina, a single mother, struggles to trust her new partner. Phoenix, a homeless teenager, is released from a youth detention centre. Officer Scott, a Métis policeman, feels caught between two worlds as he patrols the city. Through their various perspectives a larger, more comprehensive story about lives of the residents in Winnipeg’s North End is exposed.

A powerful intergenerational family saga, The Break showcases Vermette’s abundant writing talent and positions her as an exciting new voice in Canadian literature.

Awards

  • 2017 Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Metis Literature Winner
  • Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction Winner
  • McNally Robison Book of the Year Winner
  • Amazon.ca First Novel Award 

Reviews
“Vermette is a staggering talent. Reading The Break is like a revelation; stunning, heartbreaking and glorious. From her exquisitely rendered characters to her fully realized world and the ratcheting tension, I couldn’t put it down. Absolutely riveting.” — Eden Robinson, author of Monkey Beach

“In Vermette’s poetic prose, The Break offers a stark portrayal of the adversity that plagues First Nations women in this country — and the strength that helps them survive.” — Toronto Star

The Break doesn’t read like an impressive first novel; it reads like a masterstroke from someone who knows what they’re doing . . . Vermette is skilled at writing with a language that is conversational and comfortable and with a poetic ease that makes the hard things easier to swallow. The result is a book that is at times emotionally demanding, funny, suspenseful, and always engaging.”—The Winnipeg Review

“This is a debut novel by the Governor General's Literary Award-winning Métis poet Katherena Vermette. The story takes place in Winnipeg's North End. And it starts when Stella thinks she sees a violent assault taking place in a barren strip of land outside her window, known as The Break. Turns out, she is right. In fact, there is a threat of violence that hovers over all the women in the story, three generations of them, and the story is told in many voices. Katherena writes with empathy and understanding about people who are living with the pain of intergenerational trauma. The Winnipeg winter she evokes is cold and cruel. But there is such love, loyalty and support in this story. If you enjoy a gripping family saga, I would recommend The Break.” — Shelagh Rogers, CBC The Next Chapter

Educator Information
Grades 11-12 BC English First Peoples resource for the unit What Creates Family?

Note: This novel contains mature and challenging content, such as incidents of drug use, rape, and, violence.

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288 pages | 5.25" x 8.00"

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Not My Fate: The Story of a Nisga'a Survivor
Authors:
Janet Romain
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;
Josephine Caplin (Jo) was born into a world marred by maternal abandonment, alcoholism and traumatic epileptic seizures. In grade three, she was apprehended by child services and separated from her protective brother and her early caregivers, her father and uncle, who were kind men with drinking problems. Placed into many alienating and lonely foster homes, Jo would not see her family again until she was fourteen. Throughout her life Jo fought symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome, abuse by sadistic men and the collective horror of generations of ancestors forced into residential schools, causing many to believe Jo was destined to repeat a hopeless cycle. Yet she did not surrender to others' despairing expectations: against all odds, Jo fought to create her own cycle full of hope and growth.

Born of a Métis-Canadian background, author Janet Romain delicately and proudly tells the story of her heroic friend and explores the tragic aftermath of Canada's residential schools and the effects of colonization. Jo is a courageous woman who determined her own fate and reclaimed her life. NOT MY FATE: STORY OF A NISGA'A SURVIVOR is her struggle to move past a legacy of hardship toward a life of peace and forgiveness.
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Louis: fils des prairies
Authors:
Noelie Palud-Pelletier
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Prix Manuelas-Dias, Finaliste 2005Prix Margaret-McWilliams, Lauréat 2005Histoire de l’enfance de Louis Riel à la Rivière-Rouge, jusqu’au départ de l’adolescent pour Montréal. À travers les yeux de Louis, nous découvrons les rigueurs de la vie à la colonie, sommes témoins de l’inondation de 1852, participons aux grande chasse aux bisons, devenons espiègle et faisons le long voyage vers Montréal. Ce roman, plein d’entrain, donne beaucoup d’informations sur la vie des Prairies au XIXe siècle. 

 

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Lecteurs forts Collection les Métis: Ma ceinture fléchée métisse
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Ce livre est au sujet d’une ceinture fléchée métisse.

Cette ceinture fléchée est faite de cinq fils colorés.

Les fils sont tissés ensemble.

La ceinture est très forte parce que les fils sont tissés ensemble.

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Lecteurs forts Collection les Métis: Les Métis voyagent!
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Les Métis voyagent de différentes façons sur l’eau et sur la terre en été, en automne, en hiver et au printemps.

Dans ce livre, tu vas apprendre les façons que les Métis peuvent voyager.

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Lecteurs forts Collection les Métis: Je peux perler
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Text Content Territories: Métis;

Les perles sont petites. Elles sont de différentes couleurs.

Nous apprenons comment perler dans ce livre.

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Lecteurs forts Collection les Métis: Rendre grâces
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Souvent, nous montrons de la gratitude
pour les bonnes choses de la vie.
Dans ce livre, tu vas lire au sujet des
choses pour lesquelles les aînés métis
rendent grâces.

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Lecteurs forts Collection les Métis: La veille du jour de l’An métis
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Text Content Territories: Métis;

La veille du jour de l’An est le 31 décembre. C’est le dernier jour de l’année. À minuit, la vieille année se termine et une nouvelle année commence.

Tu vas apprendre comment les familles métisses s’amusent la veille du jour de l’An.

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Lecteurs forts Collection les Métis: Deux gilets métis
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Un gilet métis est un vêtement. Il est comme une veste courte sans manches. Il a des boutons sur le devant.
Les femmes métisses adornent les gilets avec des dessins colorés et des franges.

Il y a des images de deux gilets métis dans ce livre. Lequel des deux serait plus difficile à faire d’après toi ? Pourquoi ?

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Lecteurs forts Collection les Métis: Une charrette de la rivière Rouge
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

La charrette de la rivière Rouge est très forte. Les Métis la ont pour transporter des fourrures et des choses lourdes.

Tu vas voir comment ils font une charrette de la rivière Rouge.

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Lecteurs forts Collection les Métis: Les façons de porter un bébé métis
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Les mamans Métis ont beaucoup de façons de porter leurs bébés.

Tu vas voir certaines façons que les mamans Métis portaient leurs bébés il y a longtemps.

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Lecteurs forts Single Set: Collection les Métis
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Own all 8 books in the Collection les Métis series!

Books in this series are written by Leah Marie Dorion.

Included in the set is one copy of each of the following (8 books total):

Ma ceinture fléchée métisse
Une charrette de la rivière Rouge
Deux gilets métis
Les façons de porter un bébé métis
Les Métis voyagent!
Je peux perler
Rendre grâces
La veille du jour de l’An métis

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You Hold Me Up
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Cree; Métis;
This vibrant picture book, beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Danielle Daniel, encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other’s well-being in their everyday actions.

Consultant, international speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote You Hold Me Up to prompt a dialogue among young people, their care providers and educators about reconciliation and the importance of the connections children make with their friends, classmates and families. This is a foundational book about building relationships, fostering empathy and encouraging respect between peers, starting with our littlest citizens.

Reviews
"Smith's text is heartwarming! And the illustrations, by Danielle Daniel, reflect Native people in the present day. Like My Heart Fills with Happiness, this new book by Smith is one that parents, grandparents, pre-school and elementary teachers, and librarians, will want to have on their shelves." — Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children's Literature

"People of all ages can find something of value within the pages of Monique Gray Smith and Danielle Daniel's book…Smith has Cree and Lakota ancestry, while Daniel is Métis. With this book, they become quiet and understated—yet powerful—voices in an age of reconciliation. You Hold Me Up is simple, yet beautiful, subtle but thought-provoking. It contains critical messages about love, unity, and support. Through carefully chosen words and strong, colourful are, the book presents an important reminder to readers to sustain and support one another. Highly Recommended." — CM Magazine

"Perfect for a shared storytime as well as a lap-sit reading session, the actions of each person emphasize community, togetherness, and mutual respect. While sharing is a universal concept, Daniel's illustrations bring specificity to the narrative…Just as in Smith's board book My Heart Fills with Happiness, readers will joyfully make connections between their own communities and the indigenous one depicted here." — IndiePicks Magazine

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32 pages | 9.00" x 9.00"
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Lecteurs forts Collection les Métis: Deux gilets métis 6-Pack
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Un gilet métis est un vêtement. Il est comme une veste courte sans manches. Il a des boutons sur le devant.
Les femmes métisses adornent les gilets avec des dessins colorés et des franges.

Il y a des images de deux gilets métis dans ce livre. Lequel des deux serait plus difficile à faire d’après toi ? Pourquoi ?

Included in this set is 6 copies of Deux gilets métis.

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Nathan
Authors:
Susan Ouriou
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;
Ten-year-old Nathan has a number of big challenges to overcome. One is the school bully who delights in tormenting him. Another is Nathan's Grampa who has Alzheimer's. When Grampa moves in with Nathan, he introduces him to part of his heritage he knew nothing about: a First Nations ancestor whose story of hope inspires Nathan to face himself, and the future.
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Once in a Blue Moon
Authors:
Danielle Daniel
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Métis;
Inspired by the expression “once in a blue moon,” Danielle Daniel has created a book of short poems, each one describing a rare or special experience that turns an ordinary day into a memorable one. She describes the thrill of seeing a double rainbow, the Northern Lights or a shooting star as well as quieter pleasures such as spotting a turtle basking in the sun or a family of ducks waddling across the road.

In simple words and delightful naïve images, Once in a Blue Moon celebrates the magical moments that can be found in the beauty and wonders of nature.

With the same simple yet sophisticated design as Danielle’s award-winning picture book Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox, this book is a very accessible and inviting introduction to poetry for young readers.
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Métis Christmas Mittens
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

The holiday season has always been a very special time for Métis families. A family-oriented people, the Métis often didn’t have money to buy expensive presents, but instead made practical items with much love. In this spirit, award-winning author and illustrator, Leah Marie Dorion takes readers back to the Métis tradition of making mittens for loved ones. Métis Christmas Mittens is a touching ode to Métis family life is accompanied by Leah’s distinctive and evocative art.

Educator Information
Michif Translation by Norman Fleury 
Grade Level: Primary
Format: English/Michif

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Song of Batoche
Authors:
Maia Caron
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;
Louis Riel arrives at Batoche in 1884 to help the Métis fight for their lands and discovers that the rebellious outsider Josette Lavoie is a granddaughter of the famous chief Big Bear, whom he needs as an ally. But Josette learns of Riel's hidden agenda - to establish a separate state with his new church at its head - and refuses to help him. Only when the great Gabriel Dumont promises her that he will not let Riel fail does she agree to join the cause. In this raw wilderness on the brink of change, the lives of seven unforgettable characters converge, each one with secrets: Louis Riel and his tortured wife Marguerite; a duplicitous Catholic priest; Gabriel Dumont and his dying wife Madeleine; a Hudson's Bay Company spy; and the enigmatic Josette Lavoie. As the Dominion Army marches on Batoche, Josette and Gabriel must manage Riel's escalating religious fanaticism and a growing attraction to each other. Song of Batoche is a timeless story that traces the borderlines of faith and reason, obsession and madness, betrayal and love.

Awards
2015 Governor General's Award for French-to-English Translation winner

Reviews
"This passionate retelling uses women's eyes to reveal the hidden history behind Riel and Gabriel Dumont. Deeply researched, and rooted in the soil of Batoche." - Marina Endicott, author of the Giller-nominated Close to Hugh

"Combining fine research and engaging storytelling, Song of Batoche is a stirring fictionalized account of events in and around the 1885 North-West Resistance. Josette Lavoie is an intriguing and memorable heroine." - Katherena Vermette, author of the The Break and winner of the Governor General's Award

"Caron weaves a tale of love, betrayal and obsession . . . a vivid and fast-paced retelling of this moment in Canadian history." - Toronto Star

"A fascinating and beautifully written account of Louis Riel and the months preceding the Battle of Batoche, as seen through the eyes of the Metis women. This is a perspective we've not seen before, and Caron handles it with compassion and depth." Lauren B. Davis, author of the Giller-nominated Our Daily Bread

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A Girl Called Echo, Vol 1: Pemmican Wars
Artists:
Scott B. Henderson
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Echo Desjardins, a 13-year-old Métis girl adjusting to a new home and school, is struggling with loneliness while separated from her mother. Then an ordinary day in Mr. Bee’s history class turns extraordinary, and Echo’s life will never be the same. During Mr. Bee’s lecture, Echo finds herself transported to another time and place—a bison hunt on the Saskatchewan prairie—and back again to the present. In the following weeks, Echo slips back and forth in time. She visits a Métis camp, travels the old fur-trade routes, and experiences the perilous and bygone era of the Pemmican Wars.

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Pemmican Wars is the first graphic novel in the A Girl Called Echo series.

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48 pages | 6.50" x 10.00"

 

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Le livre de la galette
Authors:
Linda Ducharme
Artists:
Linda Ducharme
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;
One of Pemmican's most beloved and important books for young readers, The Bannock Book, is now available in French. A young Metis girl helps to make bannock for her grandfather, but he has diabetes, and she learns how to amend the recipe to fit his new diet. This warm-hearted story includes actual recipes for both traditional and "heart-smart" bannock, and the information on diabetes and how it affects Indigenous people of Canada.
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Lecteurs forts Collection les Métis: Je peux perler 6-Pack
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Les perles sont petites. Elles sont de différentes couleurs.

Nous apprenons comment perler dans ce livre.

There are 6 copies of Je peux perler included in this set.

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Lecteurs forts Collection les Métis: La veille du jour de l’An métis 6-Pack
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Text Content Territories: Métis;

La veille du jour de l’An est le 31 décembre. C’est le dernier jour de l’année. À minuit, la vieille année se termine et une nouvelle année commence.

Tu vas apprendre comment les familles métisses s’amusent la veille du jour de l’An.

There are 6 copies of La veille du jour de l’An métis included in this set.

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Lecteurs forts Collection les Métis: Les façons de porter un bébé métis 6-Pack
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Les mamans Métis ont beaucoup de façons de porter leurs bébés.

Tu vas voir certaines façons que les mamans Métis portaient leurs bébés il y a longtemps.

There are 6 copies of Les façons de porter un bébé métis included in this set.

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Lecteurs forts Collection les Métis: Les Métis voyagent! 6-Pack
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Text Content Territories: Métis;

Les Métis voyagent de différentes façons sur l’eau et sur la terre en été, en automne, en hiver et au printemps.

Dans ce livre, tu vas apprendre les façons que les Métis peuvent voyager.

There are 6 copies of Les Métis voyagent! included in this set.

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Lecteurs forts Collection les Métis: Ma ceinture fléchée métisse 6-Pack
Format: Paperback
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Ce livre est au sujet d’une ceinture fléchée métisse.

Cette ceinture fléchée est faite de cinq fils colorés.

Les fils sont tissés ensemble.

La ceinture est très forte parce que les fils sont tissés ensemble.

There are 6 copies of Ma ceinture fléchée métisse included in this set.

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Lecteurs forts Collection les Métis: Rendre grâces 6-Pack
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Souvent, nous montrons de la gratitude
pour les bonnes choses de la vie.
Dans ce livre, tu vas lire au sujet des
choses pour lesquelles les aînés métis
rendent grâces.

There are 6 copies of Rendre grâces included in this set.

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Lecteurs forts Collection les Métis: Une charrette de la rivière Rouge 6-Pack
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

La charrette de la rivière Rouge est très forte. Les Métis la ont pour transporter des fourrures et des choses lourdes.

Tu vas voir comment ils font une charrette de la rivière Rouge.

There are 6 copies of Une charrette de la rivière Rouge included in this set.

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Indigenous Integration: 101+ Lesson Ideas for Secondary and College Teachers
Authors:
Adrienne Castellon
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Inuit; Métis;

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission challenges all Canadian educators to Integrate Indigenous content and ways of knowing into the curriculum. This research-based book for secondary teachers responds to these challenges by including aligned pedagogical practices and content. The easy to read discussion, extensive links to resources and practical, ready-to-use applications will not only help secondary teachers meet this curricular challenge but enjoy deeper connections with their students.

What is your next step in Indigenizing your practice as a teacher? Is it reaching out to local Indigenous communities and starting a dialogue that privileges place-based education; the stories and history of the area? Is it noticing the problems in community such as disparities, injustices and facilitating inquiry-based learning to respond to them? Is it acknowledging the role of intergenerational trauma and engaging appropriate processes such as Circles to encourage deep and respectful listening and give voice to each student? Is it revising your history lesson so as not to over-generalize the diversity of First Nations and Metis in Canada? It certainly means having the courage to do something and step into the messiness of the challenge knowing we do not have the answers and may be unsure of the way forward.

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Gabriel Dumont (The Canadians)
Authors:
George Woodcock
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Born in St. Boniface in 1837 of French and Indian parentage, Gabriel Dumont's childhood was spent in the Saskatchewan country, where he grew accustomed to the semi-nomadic existence of the Métis. These were the proud days of the Métis nation, when its people roamed freely throughout the Prairies. The most stable social institution was the annual buffalo hunt with its rules. When Gabriel Dumont became head of the Great Saskatchewan Hunt in 1862 the end of the nomadic lifestyle was already in sight.

As the buffalo herds dwindled, the Métis began to form more permanent settlements, but were alarmed when their pleas for recognition of their land rights were ignored by Sir John A Macdonald's government. Dumont appealed to Louis Riel, leader of the Red River Rebellion.

Riel spoke up for the Saskatchewan Metis, but their petitions were ignored. In 1885, the Métis took up arms against the government forces. Dumont spurred the outnumbered rebels to several victories. After the Métis defeat, Dumont fled to the United States where he spent time with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show until an amnesty was declared and he was able to return to his home.

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This book is part of The Canadians Series.

Recommended Ages: 10-13 

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64 pages | 6.50" x 8.50"

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Louis Riel (The Canadians Series)
Authors:
Rosemary Neering
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Louis Riel has been described as a "saint, sinner, rebel, hero, prophet, madman and traitor." It is no more clear today than it was during his lifetime which of these labels is closest to the truth.

The Métis leader was educated in Montreal, but an itch for political involvement Brough him back to his home in Red River. In 1870 he led a takeover of Fort Garry in protest against the sale of Red River to the Canadian government. The execution of Thomas Scott by Riel's Provisional Government caught Ottawa's attention, and Red River was given provincial status. Despite the political victory, Riel had to leave the country, in fear for his life. Feelings against him ran so high in the East that he had to be smuggled into Parliament even when duly elected by the people of Manitoba.

Riel suffered from mental illness after the 1870 Rebellion and spent some time in an asylum. He exiled himself to a Métis settlement in Montana, where he taught school, until Gabriel Dumont persuaded him to come back to Red River in 1884. The 1885 Rebellion against the Ottawa government proved unsuccessful. The Métis forces were soundly defeated by Canadian troops. Riel was captured and accused of treason. His trial and subsequent execution split the country along racial and religious lines.

Historian Rosemary Neering's vivid account brings to life the story of Riel's contradictory character, colourful times, and lasting influence.
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Recommended Ages: 10-13

This book is part of The Canadians Series.

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200 pages | 6.00" x 9.00"

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Louis Riel: Let Justice Be Done
Authors:
David Doyle
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;
Louis Riel, prophet of the new world and founder of the Canadian province of Manitoba, has challenged Canadian politics, history and religion since the early years of Confederation. In Canada's most important and controversial state trial, Riel was found guilty of "high treason," sentenced to hang and executed on November 16, 1885. With 2017 being Canada's sesquicentennial of the initial Confederation of four British colonies, and with the question of reconciliation on the minds of many, the celebrations must recognize that the brutal execution of Louis Riel remains Canada's "great divide." Was the 1885 execution of Riel the hanging of a traitor? Or the legal murder of a patriot and statesman? Tried in a territorial court, Riel called out for justice, for an "inquiry into his career." To date, no such inquiry has been called. The spiritual and political father of the Métis nation and Western Canada remains branded a traitor to Canada.

In this imaginative re-enactment of his trial, Riel is finally given the opportunity to respond to his conviction for treason, offering his side of the story at Batoche and Red River.

Reviews
“In this era of reconciliation, Louis Riel: Let Justice Be Done is a tour de force. Exposing the combined pillars of racism and colonialism, Doyle assists in the decolonization of Canadian history during her sesquicentennial commemorations and celebrations.”
Venerable Dr. John A. (Ian) MacKenzie

“David Doyle’s advocacy, both in his writings and presentations, appropriates nothing from the Métis or their culture, rather it supplements it both for them and for all Canadians.”
George & Terry Goulet, authors of The Trial of Louis Riel

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200 pages | 9.00" x 6.00" | 16 b&w photos

This book is creative nonfiction, a genre of writing that presents factually accurate narratives using literary style and technique (creativity).
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You Hold Me Up / Ki Kîhcêyimin Mâna
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Cree; Métis;

This vibrant picture book, beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Danielle Daniel, encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other’s well-being in their everyday actions.

Consultant, international speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote You Hold Me Up to prompt a dialogue among young people, their care providers and educators about reconciliation and the importance of the connections children make with their friends, classmates and families. This is a foundational book about building relationships, fostering empathy and encouraging respect between peers, starting with our littlest citizens.

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This hardcover book is a dual-language (English and Plains Cree) edition of You Hold Me Up.

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32 pages | 9.00" x 9.00"

Translated by Mary Collins

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Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Inuit; Métis;

Indigenous perspectives much older than the nation itself shared through maps, artwork, history and culture.

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, in partnership with Canada's national Indigenous organizations, has created a groundbreaking four-volume atlas that shares the experiences, perspectives, and histories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. It's an ambitious and unprecedented project inspired by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action. Exploring themes of language, demographics, economy, environment and culture, with in-depth coverage of treaties and residential schools, these are stories of Canada's Indigenous Peoples, told in detailed maps and rich narratives.

This extraordinary project offers Canada a step on the path toward understanding.

The volumes contain more than 48 pages of reference maps, content from more than 50 Indigenous writers; hundreds of historical and contemporary photographs and a glossary of Indigenous terms, timelines, map of Indigenous languages, and frequently asked questions. All packaged together in a beautifully designed protective slipcase.

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Recommended for ages 13+.

The Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada includes a four volume print atlas, an online atlas, an app, and more!

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322 pages | 10.50" x 12.87"

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Rooster Town: The History of an Urban Metis Community, 1901–1961
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Melonville. Smokey Hollow. Bannock Town. Fort Tuyau. Little Chicago. Mud Flats. Pumpville. Tintown. La Coulee. These were some of the names given to Métis communities at the edges of urban areas in Manitoba. Rooster Town, which was on the outskirts of southwest Winnipeg, endured from 1901 to 1961.

Those years in Winnipeg were characterized by the twin pressures of depression and inflation, chronic housing shortages, and a spotty social support network. At the city’s edge, Rooster Town grew without city services as rural Métis arrived to participate in the urban economy and build their own houses while keeping Métis culture and community as a central part of their lives.

In other growing settler cities, the Indigenous experience was largely characterized by removal and confinement. But the continuing presence of Métis living and working in the city, and the establishment of Rooster Town itself, made the Winnipeg experience unique.

Rooster Town documents the story of a community rooted in kinship, culture, and historical circumstance, whose residents existed unofficially in the cracks of municipal bureaucracy, while navigating the legacy of settler colonialism and the demands of modernity and urbanization.

 
Reviews
"Rooster Town challenges the lingering mainstream belief that Indigenous people and their culture are incompatible with urban life and opens the door to a broader conversation about the insidious nature of racial stereotypes ubiquitous among the broader Canadian polity.— Brenda Macdougall

"Places like Rooster Town are known and talked about within the contemporary Métis world-everybody knows somebody whose parents or grandparents came from these types of invisible and often marginalized communities-but there has been no acknowledgment of their existence within Canadian historical, geographic, sociological, or political scholarship."— Brenda Macdougall

"Very little is written about Indigenous urban histories. They are typically hidden, or erased, from the histories of Prairie cities, and Canadian cities generally. Rooster Town is an authoritative correction to that colonial erasure in the written record."— Ryan Walker
 
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248 pages | 6.00" x 9.00" | 33 b&w tables, 14 maps
 
Contents
Ch.1—Settler Colonialism and the Dispossession of the Manitoba Métis
Ch.2—The Establishment and Consolidation of Rooster Town, 1901-1911
Ch.3—Devising New Economic and Housing Strategies: Rooster Town during the First World War and After, 1916-1926
Ch.4—Persistence and Community: Rooster Town During and After the Great Depression, 1931-1946
Ch.5—Stereotyping, Dissolution, and Dispersal: Rooster Town, 1951-1961
Conclusion
 
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Strong Stories Métis: How the Moon Came to Be
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

A beautiful traditional Métis story about the creation of the moon. How did Mother Earth and Grandmother Moon come to be named as they are? Do you know why you have the name you were given?

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Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).

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Strong Stories Métis: How the Moon Came to Be 6-Pack
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

A beautiful traditional Métis story about the creation of the moon. How did Mother Earth and Grandmother Moon come to be named as they are? Do you know why you have the name you were given?

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There are six copies of this title included in this 6-pack set. 

Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6). 

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Strong Stories Métis: Métis and Dandelions
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Both the Métis people and dandelions have great resiliency in their ability to survive. They both have similar characteristics. What is it about dandelions that makes them strong and resilient?

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Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).

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Strong Stories Métis: Métis and Dandelions 6-Pack
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Both the Métis people and dandelions have great resiliency in their ability to survive. They both have similar characteristics. What is it about dandelions that makes them strong and resilient?

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There are six copies of this title in this 6-pack set.

Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).

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Strong Stories Métis: Métis Singing Sticks: A Story About Métis Musical Traditions
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Métis Singing Sticks are more than musical instruments, they are also special family time spent together. Join Leah as she shares a family story. What is a special family time that your family has?

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Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).

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Strong Stories Métis: Métis Singing Sticks: A Story About Métis Musical Traditions 6-Pack
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Métis Singing Sticks are more than musical instruments, they are also special family time spent together. Join Leah as she shares a family story. What is a special family time that your family has?

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There are six copies of this title in this 6-pack set.

Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).

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Strong Stories Métis: Pemmican Berries
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Text Content Territories: Métis;

Long ago, pemmican was a staple food for Métis people. At that time, it was made with dried and crushed buffalo meat mixed with grease and dried berries. Pemmican could last through the winter months in storage. What is a type of food that you know of that can last a long time?

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Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).

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Strong Stories Métis: Pemmican Berries 6-Pack
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Long ago, pemmican was a staple food for Métis people. At that time, it was made with dried and crushed buffalo meat mixed with grease and dried berries. Pemmican could last through the winter months in storage. What is a type of food that you know of that can last a long time?

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There are six copies of this title included in this 6-pack set.

Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).

 

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Strong Stories Métis: Poems to Honour Mother Earth
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Leah Marie Dorion’s poetry reflects her deep connection to Mother Earth, which she has had since she was a child. Each poem gently recognizes all that is around us and the importance of being respectful. What is one way that you show respect to Mother Earth?

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Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).

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Strong Stories Métis: Poems to Honour Mother Earth 6-Pack
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Leah Marie Dorion’s poetry reflects her deep connection to Mother Earth, which she has had since she was a child. Each poem gently recognizes all that is around us and the importance of being respectful. What is one way that you show respect to Mother Earth?

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There are six copies of this title included in this 6-pack set.

Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).

 

 

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Strong Stories Métis: The Helpful Sasquatch
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

A playful story about how Sasquatch is always being helpful. Sasquatch is honoured with an offering of food to show gratitude. What is something that you do to show gratitude?

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Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).

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Strong Stories Métis: The Helpful Sasquatch 6-Pack
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

A playful story about how Sasquatch is always being helpful. Sasquatch is honoured with an offering of food to show gratitude. What is something that you do to show gratitude?

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There are six copies of this title included in this 6-pack set.

Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).

 

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Strong Stories Métis: Métis Transport Boxes
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

People need boxes to put things into when moving from one place to another. There are many kinds of boxes today. Long ago, there were only wooden boxes which were all handmade. What kinds of boxes have you seen?

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Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).

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Strong Stories Métis: Métis Transport Boxes 6-Pack
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

People need boxes to put things into when moving from one place to another. There are many kinds of boxes today. Long ago, there were only wooden boxes which were all handmade. What kinds of boxes have you seen?

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There are six copies of this title included in this 6-pack set.

Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).

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Strong Stories Métis: The Story of the Tamarack Tree
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Creator advised us not to compare ourselves to each other. We all have a special place within the circle of life. What do you think happens when Tamarack seeks the attention of the Muskeg people?

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Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).

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Strong Stories Métis: The Story of the Tamarack Tree 6-Pack
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Creator advised us not to compare ourselves to each other. We all have a special place within the circle of life. What do you think happens when Tamarack seeks the attention of the Muskeg people?

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There are six copies of this title in this 6-pack set.

Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).

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Strong Stories Reading Bundle: Métis
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Bundle includes all 8 titles, 6 of each, in the Strong Stories Métis series.

48 books total.  

Recommended for intermediate students.

Books in the Métis series include the following from author and illustrator Leah Marie Dorion:

How the Moon Came to Be
Métis and Dandelions
Métis Singing Sticks: A Story About Métis Musical Traditions
Pemmican Berries
Poems to Honour Mother Earth
The Helpful Sasquatch
Métis Transport Boxes
The Story of the Tamarack Tree

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Strong Stories Single Set: Métis
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Own the entire set of Métis Strong Stories!

8 books total.

Recommended for intermediate students.

Books in the Métis series include the following from author and illustrator Leah Marie Dorion:

How the Moon Came to Be
Métis and Dandelions
Métis Singing Sticks: A Story About Métis Musical Traditions
Pemmican Berries
Poems to Honour Mother Earth
The Helpful Sasquatch
Métis Transport Boxes
The Story of the Tamarack Tree

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Strong Stories Single Set Bundle: Intermediate includes Kwakwaka’wakw and Métis:
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Kwakwaka'wakw; Métis;

This Intermediate bundle features one copy each of two Strong Stories sets: Kwakwaka’wakw and Métis.

16 books total.

Kwakwaka’wakw Strong Stories include the following from authors Sally Williams and Bobbie Wildman and illustrator Lou-ann Neel:

A Kwakwaka’wakw Potlatch
Button Blankets
Hereditary Chiefs and Matriarchs
Our Traditional Medicines
Planning a Kwakwaka’wakw Potlatch
Strength in Our “Ways of Knowing”
The Cedar Tree Our Culture, Our Tree
Traditional Berry Picking 

Métis Strong Stories include the following from author and illustrator Leah Marie Dorion:

How the Moon Came to Be
Métis and Dandelions
Métis Singing Sticks: A Story About Métis Musical Traditions
Pemmican Berries
Poems to Honour Mother Earth
The Helpful Sasquatch
Métis Transport Boxes
The Story of the Tamarack Tree

Reading levels span from grade 4 to grade 6.  Recommended for intermediate students.

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The Pemmican Eaters
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

A picture of the Riel Resistance from one of Canada’s preeminent Métis poets.

With a title derived from John A. Macdonald’s moniker for the Métis, The Pemmican Eaters explores Marilyn Dumont’s sense of history as the dynamic present. Combining free verse and metered poems, her latest collection aims to recreate a palpable sense of the Riel Resistance period and evoke the geographical, linguistic/cultural, and political situation of Batoche during this time through the eyes of those who experienced the battles, as well as through the eyes of Gabriel and Madeleine Dumont and Louis Riel. 

Included in this collection are poems about the bison, seed beadwork, and the Red River Cart, and some poems employ elements of the Michif language, which, along with French and Cree, was spoken by Dumont’s ancestors. In Dumont’s The Pemmican Eaters, a multiplicity of identities is a strengthening rather than a weakening or diluting force in culture.

Awards

  • Winner of the 2016 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry 

Reviews
“A rollicking poem about the fiddle ('the first high call of the fiddle bids us dance/baits with its first pluck and saw of the bow/reels us, feet flick — fins to its lure and line') becomes a statement of cultural pride and defiance — much like The Pemmican Eaters as a whole.” — Toronto Star 

“Dumont’s work is visual and evocative, highlighting recurring symbols and images of a natural world that will be familiar to any dweller of the Prairies . . . The Pemmican Eaters builds off the poet’s earlier work and highlights a writer who has mastered both craft and voice.” — Quill & Quire 

“Dumont honours Métis traditions in music and beadwork in a number of lyrically driven poems. The Pemmican Eaters is a statement of cultural pride and defiance, much like Marilyn herself.” — CBC News Online 

“Marilyn Dumont uses both rhythmic and free verse to provide a brilliant and insightful look at Métis and Cree people.” — Scene Magazine

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This book would be useful for grades 9 - 12 in courses such as creative writing, English language arts, and social studies.  Also recommended for students a college/university level.

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96 pages | 5.50" x 8.50"

 

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Atlas des peuples autochtones du Canada
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Inuit; Métis;

This is the French edition of Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada.

Indigenous perspectives much older than the nation itself shared through maps, artwork, history, and culture.

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, in partnership with Canada's national Indigenous organizations, has created a groundbreaking four-volume atlas that shares the experiences, perspectives, and histories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. It's an ambitious and unprecedented project inspired by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action. Exploring themes of language, demographics, economy, environment and culture, with in-depth coverage of treaties and residential schools, these are stories of Canada's Indigenous Peoples, told in detailed maps and rich narratives.

This extraordinary project offers Canada a step on the path toward understanding.

The volumes contain more than 48 pages of reference maps, content from more than 50 Indigenous writers; hundreds of historical and contemporary photographs and a glossary of Indigenous terms, timelines, map of Indigenous languages, and frequently asked questions. All packaged together in a beautifully designed protective slipcase.

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Recommended for ages 13+.

Atlas des peuples autochtones du Canada includes a four-volume print atlas, an online atlas, an app, and more!

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322 pages | 10.50" x 12.75"

 

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A Girl Called Echo, Vol 2: Red River Resistance
Artists:
Scott B. Henderson
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Echo Desjardins is adjusting to her new home, finding friends, and learning about Métis history. She just can’t stop slipping back and forth in time. One ordinary afternoon in class, Echo finds herself transported to the banks of the Red River in the summer of 1869. All is not well in the territory as Canadian surveyors have arrived to change the face of territory, and Métis families, who have lived there for generations, are losing access to their land. As the Resistance takes hold, Echo fears for her friends and the future of her people in the Red River Valley.

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Red River Resistance is volume two in the graphic novel series, A Girl Called Echo, by Katherena Vermette.

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48 pages | 6.50" x 10.00"

 

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Leah Marie Dorion - Indigenous Art Cards: Winter Series (Set of 9)
Country of Origin: Canada
Text Content Territories: Métis;
These nine cards represent the spirit of winter and all the beauty that it brings.
 
Each card in the set is unique and includes an envelope. Perfect for gifts and holiday greetings! 
 
About the Artist 
Leah Marie Dorion is an interdisciplinary Métis artist from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Her vibrant and symbolic paintings honour the spiritual strength of Indigenous women and the sacred feminine.
 
Symbol systems are predominant in Indigenous art and are a powerful and dynamic way to pass historical and spiritual knowledge forward through generations. Dorion applies them in her paintings to convey a variety of important cultural teachings.

Cards made from Leah’s original art included in this 9-pack set: 
  • Waving to Northern Lights
  • Snow Spirits
  • Night Stories
  • Jingle Dancers
  • Winter Fun
  • Waving to New Years Moon
  • Snow Dancers
  • Travelling by Dog Team
  • 13 Moons

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Created by Strong Nations Publishing with art by Leah Marie Dorion | Proudly made in Canada | Cards are 4" x 6" and 6" x 4"
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