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Ancient Thunder
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

A beautiful and visionary book, Ancient Thunder celebrates wild horses and the natural world of the prairies. Using an extraordinary technique, Leo Yerxa, an artist of Ojibway ancestry, makes paper look like leather, so that his illustrations seem to be painted on leather shirts. The art is accompanied by a rich song of praise for the wild horses that came to play such an important role in the lives of the First Peoples. 

Years in the making, the book is truly a work of art — one that reflects Yerxa's sense of nature and the place of the First Peoples within it.

Awards

  • In 2008, Ancient Thunder was the award recipient for First Nation Communities Read.
  • Winner of the Governor General's Award

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40 pages | 8.30" x 10.80"


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First Nations Families
Authors:
Karin Clark
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

In this story, we visit ten Victoria area First Nations children and their families. These modern families of the 1990's reflect how many kinds of families we now have. The child introduces us to each member of the family, tells what that member likes to do, and shows in what kind of housing the family lives.

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From Time Immemorial Teacher's Guide
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

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

Find From Time Immemorial here: https://www.strongnations.com/store/item_display.php?i=3600.

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

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

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

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

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

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La Quete Spirituelle de Petit Ours
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

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

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Little Bear's Vision Quest: Teacher's Guide
Authors:
Ilona Weiss
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

This is a Teacher's Guide for the ever popular LITTLE BEAR'S VISION QUEST aimed at grades K-7.

Some lessons included in this resource are:

Vocabulary Builders
Word Sort
Dictionary Work
Friendship Dance

Also included is the script for a Reader's Theatre

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Our Words, Our Revolutions: Diverse Voices of Black Women, First Nations Women and Women of Colour in Canada
Editors:
G. Sophie Harding
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

A variety of genres are represented here from life-writing to poetry to short autofiction. Readers will enjoy this compelling collection, which represents the voices of women who have not been visible in more ways than one.
Ages 15+

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A Salmon for Simon
Authors:
Betty Waterton
Artists:
Ann Blades
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

B.C. Science Supplementary Resource: Gr.1-Life Science

Winner of the Governor General's award and the Canadian Library Association's Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon
Illustrator's award when it was first published in 1979.

This simple story of a boy and a fish delivers a subtle environmental message that will resonate with readers. Simon, a native boy, has been trying all summer to catch a salmon. He's about to give up when a bald eagle suddenly drops a big coho into a clam hole right before his eyes. But when Simon discovers that the salmon is alive, he no longer wants to keep it. It's too strong and beautiful. He'd rather set it free, which means he has to figure out how to get the heavy fish back to the ocean.

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32 pages | 7.63" x 8.75"

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Solomon's Tree
Authors:
Andrea Spalding
Artists:
Janet Wilson
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

In 2004, Solomon's Tree was the award recipient for First Nation Communities Read.

B.C. Science Supplementary Resource: Gr.1-Life Science

Solomon has a special friendship with the big old maple outside his house. He knows the tree in all seasons and all weathers. When a terrible storm tears it up by its roots, Solomon is devastated. But through the healing process of making a mask from part of the tree with his uncle, he learns that the cycle of life continues and so does the friendship between himself and the tree.

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Food Plants Of Interior First Peoples
Authors:
Nancy J. Turner
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

B.C. Science Supplementary Resouce Gr.7- Life Science

This book describes some 300 plant species used by the people of the Okanagan, Thompson, Carrier, Chilcotin, and Kootenay, among others. Detailed botanical descriptions of the plants are accompanied by photographs and notes on their habitat and distribution as well as information on their collection, preparation, and use.

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Food Plants Of Coastal First Peoples
Authors:
Nancy J. Turner
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

B.C. Science Supplementary Resouce Gr.7- Life Science

This interesting and informative book contains descriptions and photographs of more than 100 edible plants. There is information to help the reader identify the plants, and also how the Coastal First Peoples used it.

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Northwest Native Arts: Basic Forms
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Learn to draw Native Art! First Nations artist Robert E. Stanley Sr. shares his knowledge and technique in rendering classic northwest native drawings. Now you too, can learn to draw some of the legendary animals of the First Nations tribes, by learning Robert's techniques passed down to him from generation to generation.

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Plant Technology Of First Peoples Of British Columbia
Authors:
Nancy J. Turner
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Turner focuses on the plants that provided heat, shelter, transportation, clothing, implements, nets, ropes, and containers in First Nations communities. She also shows how plant materials were used for decoration and ornamentation, as scents, cleansing agents, insect repellants and, in recreational activities.

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

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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A Different Game
Authors:
Sylvia Olsen
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

In this sequel to Murphy and Mousetrap, Murphy and his three friends, Danny, Jeff and Albert, are making the transition from the tribal elementary school to the community middle school. They are all trying out for the middle school's soccer team, and they're pretty confident that The Formidable Four will all make the team. But once the tryouts begin, Albert, the tribal-school superstar, plays like a second stringer. Murphy's new friend, Molly, is determined to help the boys find out what's wrong with Albert, but when they discover the truth, they realize that Albert is playing a whole different game.

Reviews
"A novel of courage and achievement told from the point of view of four native youths who must learn to cope with life off the reserve and their friend's illness…Many life lessons are taught with meaningful thematic messages, values and spirit…Highly recommended for primary/junior male readers both for recreational reading and for literature circles or discussion groups."— Resource Links, October 2010

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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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136 pages | 5.00" x 7.50" 

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Jak's Story
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Thirteen-year-old Jak Loren is a typical boy with the usual problems a family with older sisters and younger brothers presents. Never mind the troubles at school - bullies and girls!

When Jak goes to the ravine near his home in Brantford to get away from Steven Burke, a bully who's been tormenting him, he discovers the ravine has a history that's much older than he thought. He meets Grandfather Rock, who shares with him the story of the people who have lived near the ravine for thousands of years. Soon Jak's eyes are opened to a new world of beings and respect.

He learns about First Nations people and how their teachings inhabit the spirits of all living things that surround us even today. The tales of the First Nations help Jak to understand that the gift of life is something to be cherished. And when a construction crew arrives in his neighbourhood and threatens his beloved ravine, Jak knows he has to act to save it.

Reviews
"Jak's Story explores the issues of bullying and the environment and integrates First Nations storytelling, wisdom and history. The chapters are short and captivating and Bell manages to minimize coming off as preachy. I read this book in one sitting." — Waterloo Record

"This is an excellent story to teach youth about First Nations beliefs and culture. It also reminds the reader of the importance of protecting the environment by setting limits to the amount of development of land. Aaron Bells honesty and respect for land and community shines through his writing in this first book."— Resource Links, February 2011

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Recommended Ages: 12-15

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96 pages | 6.00" x 9.00"

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The Salmon Bears: Giants of the Great Bear Rainforest
Authors:
Ian McAllister
Nicholas Read
Artists:
Ian McAllister
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

The Great Bear Rainforest on British Columbia's central coast is home to one of the world's last significant populations of wild bears: grizzlies, blacks and spirit bears.

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The Sea Wolves: Living Wild in the Great Bear Rainforest
Authors:
Ian McAllister
Nicholas Read
Artists:
Ian McAllister
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

These unique wolves swim like otters and fish like bears!
The Sea Wolves sets out to disprove the notion of "the Big Bad Wolf," especially as it is applied to coastal wolves—a unique strain of wolf that lives in the rainforest along the Pacific coast of Canada. Genetically distinct from their inland cousins and from wolves in any other part of the world, coastal wolves can swim like otters and fish like the bears with whom they share the rainforest. Smaller than the gray wolves that live on the other side of the Coast Mountains, these wolves are highly social and fiercely intelligent creatures.

Living in the isolated wilderness of the Great Bear Rainforest, coastal wolves have also enjoyed a unique relationship with man. The First Nations people, who have shared their territory for thousands of years, do not see them as a nuisance species but instead have long offered the wolf a place of respect and admiration within their culture.

Illustrated with almost one hundred of Ian McAllister's magnificent photographs, The Sea Wolves presents a strong case for the importance of preserving the Great Bear Rainforest for the wolves, the bears and the other unique creatures that live there.

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Island Kids
Authors:
Tara Saracuse
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

This is a history of British Columbia's island children, told in their voices, from their perspectives. Composed of twenty-two stories, Island Kids is a snapshot of a period and place in time. The topics range from quintessentially coastal experiences, like a day at the beach, to stories that deal with serious issues, such as BC's history of residential schools, but they all remain true to the experience of the children telling the story. At the end of each chapter is a section called "What do we know for sure?" that gives the reader greater depth and context. The stories are written in a dynamic and authentic voice and are aimed at readers aged eight to twelve.

Unlike history that has either been fictionalized or told from an adult's perspective, the Courageous Kids series brings history to kids in their own words. Truly original, Kidmonton, Rocky Mountain Kids, and Island Kids strive to communicate the events and emotions of kids.

Reviews
"Saracuse’s 22 stories, all based (to some degree) on factual accounts, give a sweeping, historical look at young people’s experiences on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands – from First Nations life in pre-contact days to the adventures of contemporary children circumnavigating the island in tall ship. Saracuse is careful to represent diversity: the “courageous kids” include an early black settler on Saltspring Island, a Japanese girl whose family is forciby evicted from their farm during the Second World War, and some contemporary Filipino immigrant boys experiencing their first snow. The subjects of the stories also vary, from risky adventures – like a three-day journey in small canoes across the Georgia Strait in 1858, or young Joe Garner being chased by a cougar – to less dramatic modern-day memories of summer childhood pleasures at the beach in Parksville." - Quill & Quire 

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240 pages | 5.50" x 7.50"

Please Note: This book is listed as containing Indigenous content; however, not all the stories in this work are Indigenous.

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The Aboriginal Alphabet for Children
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Inuit; Métis;

This is a fun and enriching way to learn the alphabet. The colour illustrations that accompany each letter are of traditional artifacts and cultural notes from First Nations, Metis, and Inuit.

 

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Learn to Count
Authors:
Native Elements
Format: Board Book
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

"Learn to Count" is made of heavy cardboard using soy-based inks and non-toxic coatings. One Bear, Two Turtles and Three Hummingbirds are the beginning of learning how to count to Nine Frogs and Ten Ravens. Little children will be fascinated by all the shapes and colors this little book presents. And don't forget the Seven Baby Salmon and the Eight Ladybugs. You'll have to buy this book to see what Four and Five are.

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Learn the Colours
Authors:
Native Elements
Format: Board Book
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

"Learn the Colours" is the result of a collaborative effort on the part of eight Northwest Coast native artists to produce a wonderful book for children who are just learning their colors. The book is made of heavy cardboard using soy-based inks, non-toxic coatings and paper sourced from sustainable forests.

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Learn the Alphabet
Authors:
Native Elements
Format: Board Book
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Learn the Alphabet with Northwest Coast Native Art is a 23-page board book that introduces young children to the alphabet. The letters include the upper and lower cases for each. Each letter is depicted with the letters and a drawing of a Northwest Coast animal, natural feature or object. For example the Letter H is for hummingbird ; the letter T is represented by Totem. Each artist's contribution is recognized in this important title for young children. This book also introduces young children to Northwest Coast art designs while helping reinforce the letters of the alphabet.

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Learn and Play
Authors:
Native Elements
Format: Board Book
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

This 18-page board book introduces concepts such as opposites, shapes, counting, the alphabet, colours, and search and find using Northwest Coast art designs from various Indigenous artists such as Corey Bulpitt, Wolf Morrisseau, and Paul Windsor.

 

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First Nations Hockey Players
Authors:
Will Cardinal
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Métis; Inuit; First Nations;

People of the Mi'kmaq Nation in Nova Scotia were playing a type of ice hockey in the late 1600s. Over the centuries, the role of the First Nations in that sport has been marked by innate ability, enthusiasm and many challenges.

Sandy Lake Cree member Fred Sasakamoose of the Chicago Blackhawks was the first Native to play in the National Hockey League. His achievements were the beginning of a proud history of First Nations hockey players who became NHL heroes on and off the ice.

FIRST NATIONS HOCKEY PLAYERS tells the stories of these great players, Inuit, Ojibwa, Mohawk, Metis, Mi'kmaq, Cree and many other NHL stars with First Nations roots, are highlighted along with current players such as Jonathan Cheechoo, Carey Price, Sheldon Souray and Jordin Tootoo. The book also features tales of hockey greats such as Bryan Trottier, Reggie Leach, Stan Jonathan, Theoren Fleury and Grant Fuhr.

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Legends of Vancouver
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Legends of Vancouver was written at the turn of the last century and first published in 1911. The written collection of legends and myths was the result of a meeting, and later the fast friendship, between a Mohawk princess and a West Coast Squamish Chief.

Before her arrival on the West Coast, Pauline Johnson had acquired notoriety as a poet and performer and as an active proponent of Mohawk culture. That she was drawn to local legends was a natural extension of an already prolific career as a writer and stage performer. Retiring from the stage when she reached Vancouver in 1909, it was only right that she continue to share her stories. These were first published separately in a local newspaper and later published in book form. Johnson’s book of native legends quickly became a classic of Vancouver’s literature.

We can still detect to this day the joy of discovery that Johnson imprinted in her writing of the legends. Whether just arrived or long time residents, readers will share with Johnson emotions of discovery when seized, through her writings, by the beauty of the surroundings, just as she was 100 years ago. This book is also a portrait of a very young Vancouver with its much loved Stanley Park, its rough and tumble gold diggers and its millennium old First Nations.

Pauline Johnson’s tomb is set in Stanley Park, near Third Beach. In 1922, almost 13 years after her death, the City of Vancouver paid tribute to this magnificent artist and her legacy by erecting a monument in her honour.

This 100th anniversary edition combines a mix of modern and archival pictures of Vancouver to provide a sense of where these legends took place and how they are incorporated in the modern city.

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Recommended for grades 4-12 English Language Arts and Social Studies.

Caution: Use of the terms “Indian” and “Redskins”.

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148 pages | 5.50" x 8.50"

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Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast
Authors:
Hilary Stewart
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

This indispensable and beautifully illustrated book is the first to introduce everyone, from the casual observer to the serious collector of Northwest Coast prints, to the forms, cultural background and structures of this highly imaginative art.

Bold, inventive indigenous art of the Northwest Coast is distinguished by its sophistication and complexity. It is also composed of basically simple elements which, guided by a rich mythology, create images of striking power.

The elements of style are introduced; the myths and legends which shape the motifs are interpreted; the stylistic differences between the major cultural groupings are defined and illustrated. Raven, Thunderbird, Killer Whale, Bear: all the traditional forms are here, deftly analyzed by a professional writer and artist who has a deep understanding of this powerful culture.

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Aboriginal Education: Current Crisis and Future Alternatives
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Métis; First Nations; Inuit;

This book reviews the actual situation in terms of Metis, Inuit, and First Nations peoples in Canada using the most recent data available. It explores the issues historically, assesses the costs to both Aboriginal peoples and the country, reviews alternative approaches to solving the problems, and includes innovative analysis of the causes of these problems.

Suggested Grades: 10-12
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Cedar: Tree of Life to the Northwest Coast Indians
Authors:
Hilary Stewart
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

From the giant cedar of the rainforest came a wealth of raw materials vital to the way of life, art and culture of the early First Nations people of the Northwest Coast.

All parts of the cedar tree had many uses. From the wood, skilled men made ocean-going canoes, massive post-and-beam houses, monumental carved poles that declared history, rights and lineage, and powerful dance masks. Women dexterously wove the inner bark into mats and baskets, plied it into cordage and netting or processed it into soft, warm, water-repellent clothing. They also made the strong withes into heavy-duty rope and wove the roots into watertight baskets.

Hilary Stewart explains, through her vivid descriptions, 550 detailed drawings and 50 photographs, the tools and techniques used, as well as the superbly crafted objects and their uses, all in the context of daily and ceremonial life. Anecdotes, oral history and the accounts of early explorers, traders, missionaries and native elders highlight the text.

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Challenging Traditions: Contemporary First Nations Art of the Northwest Coast
Authors:
Ian M. Thom
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Contemporary First Nations artists of the Northwest Coast have long been among the most dynamic, important artists working in North America. Their art is a visible manifestation of the extraordinary cultural explosion that has transformed First Nations life up and down the B.C. coast.

Through their own words and artwork, Ian Thom examines the career, working methods and philosophy of forty active artists, all of whom he has interviewed. Featured in Challenging Traditions are their works, often combining new materials and old traditions, as well as extensive passages from conversations with these established and up-and-coming artists from the Pacific Northwest Coast, including:

* the painting and sculpture of Robert Davidson (Haida)
* glass sculpture by Alano Edzerza (Tahltan) and Preston Singletary (Tlingit)
* carvings by elders Dempsey Bob (Tahltan-Tlingit) and Beau Dick (Kwakwaka'wakw)
* paintings by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun (Coast Salish)
* the "Haida manga" of Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
* jewellery by young artists Shawn Hunt (Heiltsuk) and Jay Simeon (Haida)

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First Nations Cultural Heritage and Law: Case Studies, Voices, and Perspectives
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit; First Nations; Métis;

Indigenous peoples around the world are seeking greater control over tangible and intangible cultural heritage. In Canada, issues concerning repatriation and trade of material culture, heritage site protection, treatment of ancestral remains, and control over intangible heritage are governed by a complex legal and policy environment.

First Nations Cultural Heritage and Law is the first of two interdisciplinary volumes exploring First Nations perspectives on cultural heritage and issues of reform within and beyond Western law. Written in plain language and in collaboration with First Nation partners, it contains seven case studies featuring indigenous concepts, legal orders, and encounters with legislation and negotiations; a national review essay; three chapters reflecting on major themes; and a self-reflective critique on the challenges of collaborative and intercultural research. It will be of interest to indigenous communities and their leaders, museum personnel and other cultural heritage professionals, academics and students, government policy workers, treaty negotiators, lawyers, and others interested in First Nations cultural heritage.

Although the volume draws on specific First Nation experiences, it covers a wide range of topics of concern to Inuit, Metis, and other indigenous peoples. Beyond this audience, it will be of interest to cultural heritage professionals; academics and students; government workers; treaty negotiators; lawyers; and others who work with or are interested in First Nations cultural heritage.

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Klee Wyck
Authors:
Emily Carr
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

This is the first of the Emily Carr Library, seven books by Emily Carr completely redesigned and dedicated to restoring Carr's text, as originally published. For the first time since 1951, Klee Wyck is available in its entirety and will appear simultaneously in elegant hardcover and trade paperback editions.

The legendary Emily Carr was primarily a painter, but she first gained recognition as a writer. Her first book, published in 1941, was titled Klee Wyck ("Laughing One"), in honour of the name that the Native people fo the west coast gave her as an intrepid young woman. The book was a hit with both critics and the public, won the prestigious Governor Generals' Award and has been in print ever since. 

Emily Carr wrote these twenty-one word sketches after visiting and living with Native people, painting their totem poles and villages, many of them in wild and remote areas. She tells her stories with beauty, pathos and a vivid awareness of the comedy of people and situations. 

A few years after Carr's death, significant deletions were made to her book for an educational edition. This new, beautifully designed keepsake volume restores Klee Wyck to its original published version, making the complete work available for the first time in more than fifty years. In her intriguing introduction, archivist and writer Kathryn Bridge puts Klee Wyck into the context of Emily Carr's life and reveals the story behind the expurgations.

Does contain some stereotyping language.

Suggested Grades: 8-12
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Looking at Totem Poles
Authors:
Hilary Stewart
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

This work gives a historical, cultural, and artistic account of the ancient craft of totem poles that has grown to be a symbol of the Native Americans of the Northwest Coast.

Suggested Grades: 9-12
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Little Bear's Vision Quest
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

A full-colour storybook that teaches respect for others. The paintings were done by Joe Silvey (Salish). The book deals with name calling, initially showing the main character, Little Bear, as selfish and inconsiderate of other's feelings. The book is a modern First Nations legend applying the traditional method of using stories as a teaching tool. Little Bear learns to value the traditions of his ancestors and through the daily ritual of cleansing himself becomes in tune with nature. The book can be used by teachers, parents and other caring adults to teach children the value of respect. Discussion questions are included for parents and teachers.

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British Columbia, Its Land, Mineral and Water Resources
Authors:
Sandy Duncan
Artists:
Glen Mullaly
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

This exciting text was developed specifically for the BC Science and Social Studies curricula. It is the only comprehensive resource available which provides all the content necessary to learn about B.C.'s living and non-living resources. And best of all it has been developed in B.C. by B.C. educators and has been recommended by the BC Ministry of Education.

Students will learn:

  • about land, mineral and water resources; the ways we use the resources and the effects of using them.
  • how we use the land for growing crops, for raising animals and hunting wildlife and for forestry, tourism and recreation.
  • that B.C.'s mountains are full of minerals and how this abundance of minerals makes mining B.C.'s third most important industry.
  • why water is an important resource in B.C. for drinking, hydroelectric power, recreation, industry and as a food source.
  • the uses, benefits and economic impact of BC's resources; from traditional First Nations to present day.
  • the evolution of the technology used in resource development and use, environmental issues, sustainability and careers. 

Special Features of this resource include:

  • Before You Read - encourages students to access their knowledge of the subject before reading for information.
  • Looking Ahead - provides an overview of the content of the chapter.
  • Story Profiles - present information in an alternate format that students will find interesting and entertaining.
  • What Do You Think? - challenge students to think about and debate issues.
  • Charts and graphs - present statistical information in a graphic format.
  • Clipboards - highlight interesting information.
  • Looking Back - summarizes the content of the chapter.
  • After You Read - suggest activities that review or extend the content of the chapter.
  • Key words are highlighted the first time they appear in the text. These words are defined in the glossary.

Teacher's Guide available.

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British Columbia, Its Land, Mineral and Water Resources Teacher's Guide
Authors:
Cathy Ready
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

This resource was developed specifically for the BC Science and Social Studies curricula. It is the only comprehensive resource available which provides all the content necessary to learn about B.C.'s living and non-living resources. And best of all it has been developed in B.C. by B.C. educators and has been recommended by the BC Ministry of Education.

Students will learn:
- about land, mineral and water resources; the ways we use the resources and the effects of using them.
- how we use the land for growing crops, for raising animals and hunting wildlife and for forestry, tourism and recreation.
- that B.C.'s mountains are full of minerals and how this abundance of minerals makes mining B.C.'s third most important industry.
- why water is an important resource in B.C. for drinking, hydroelectric power, recreation, industry and as a food source.
- the uses, benefits and economic impact of BC's resources; from traditional First Nations' to present day.
-the evolution of the technology used in resource development and use, environmental issues, sustainability and careers.

The comprehensive teacher's guide provides support materials necessary to meet the prescribed learning outcomes for both the development of skills and the acquisition of knowledge. Hands-on activities, blackline masters and teaching strategies are included.

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The Earth's Blanket, Traditional Teachings for Sustainable Living
Authors:
Nancy J. Turner
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Renowned ethnobotanist Nancy Turner brings together decades of experience working with First Nations in the Pacific Northwest. In The Earth's Blanket, she explores the wealth of ecological knowledge and the deep personal connection to the land and its history that is encoded in indigenous stories and lifeways, and asks what they can teach all of us about living in harmony with our surroundings.

Scholarly in its thinking but accessible in its writing, The Earth's Blanket combines first-person research with insightful critiques of Western concepts of environmental management and scientific ecology to propose how systems of traditional ecological knowledge can be recognized and enhanced. It is an important book, a magnum opus with the power to transform our way of thinking about the Earth and our place within it.

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First Nations Education Policy in Canada: Progress or Gridlock
Authors:
Gerald Fallon
Jerry Paquette
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

How can First Nations schools in Canada offer a curriculum that is at once authentically and deeply Aboriginal while comparable in content, quality, and standards to provincial and territorial education? First Nations Education Policy in Canada is a critical analysis of policy developments affecting First Nations education since 1986 and a series of recommendations for future policy changes.

Jerry Paquette and Gerald Fallon challenge the fundamental assumptions about Aboriginal education that have led to a Balkanized and ineffective educational system able to serve few of the needs of students. To move forward, the authors have developed a conceptual framework with which to re-envision the social, political, and educational goals of a self-governing First Nations education system. Offering a sorely needed fresh perspective on an issue vital to the community, First Nations Education Policy in Canada is grounds for critical reflection not only on education but on the future of Aboriginal self-determination.

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1234 First Nations Explore
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

1234 First Nations Explore

There are so many wonderful and interesting facts about First Nations Culture. The 1234 book gives children a chance to count while they learn about Aboriginal Peoples from all over "Turtle Island".

Kim is a Lakota artist, teacher in Vancouver, BC and children's TV show writer.

These watercolour paintings are part of a collection that teaches about First Nation's culture. The paintings were featured in “Wakanheja“ in counting time with Terry Turtle.

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Explore the Animals: Northwest Coast First Nations and Native Art Colouring and Learning Book
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Colour along as you learn about the significance of animals to the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest. This resource gathers creatures of the land, sea, and sky in a colouring book of medium difficulty.

Features:

  • Features the artwork and insights of over 20 indigenous artists.
  • Coloured back cover featuring every design for inspiration.
  • Printed in Canada using non-toxic, vegetable based ink, and water based coating.
  • 24 pages; measures 8.5" x 11". 
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1234 First Nations Explore Activity Book
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

1234 First Nations Explore Activity Book, a companion book to 1234 First Nations Explore.

21 activities that include information from various First Nations.

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The Sharing Circle (Meuse)
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Matthew loves to play games with his friends and share his toys with them. But most of all he loves to share the special treasures that remind him of his First Nations culture. Perhaps his favourite treasure is the medicine pouch that his grandfather made especially for him. This is where he keeps many of his other treasures, including the sacred herbs his mother gave him. Matthew uses the herbs to remind him to be grateful for everything that nature gives us. Another special gift is the eagle feather from his father. Matthew knows that the eagle is a symbol of the spiritual strength of his culture. But there is one other gift that has a special place in Matthew's heart. It is the dream catcher that Matthew gave to his friend Dustin to help him not have bad dreams.

The Sharing Circle is a collection of seven stories about First Nations culture and spiritual practices: The Eagle Feather, The Dream Catcher, The Sacred Herbs, The Talking Circle, The Medicine Wheel, The Drum, and The Medicine Pouch. Researched and written by Mi'kmaw children's author Theresa Meuse-Dallien, and beautifully illustrated by Mi'kmaw illustrator Arthur Stevens, this book will engage and inform children of all ages.

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Spirits, Fairies and Merpeople
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

From the heartbreaking Mi’kmaq story of Minnow, a mermaid in the Atlantic who must choose between two worlds to that of Water Lily and her five brothers, told by the Coos in British Columbia, creatures that inhabit fantastic realms appear in many First Nation stories. C. J. Taylor draws from those stories and from her own Mohawk heritage in this collection of haunting tales about some of the powerful spirits who touch the lives of human folk. The spirits of heaven and earth from the Ute help bring an understanding of the stars in the sky. The Cree story, “Souls in the Fog,” presents the battle between the good and the evil-minded. The Ojibwa “Fairy Village” is a unique and touching love story. Illustrated with her own powerful oil paintings, this is a collection to read and an excellent story-teller’s resource.

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I Want to be in The Show
Artists:
James Mathieu Chambers
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Young Tristan dreams of playing in the NHL,"The Show", and he won't let his crippled foot stop him. This is an encouraging story of determination and friendship, set against the annual Limestone Classic hockey tournament in Kingston, Ont.

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"Tristan was born to a loving and supportive family in Kingston,  Ontario. A slight physical anomaly caused one of Tristan's feet to turn inward, requiring him to wear a brace. From an early age, Tristan loved playing hockey with his friends and, like many children, dreamed of playing in the NHL. He worked very hard, day and  night, night an day until he finally made it to "The Show." As an adult, Tristan returns to Kingston to return the goodwill and generosity that was given to him. This is a heartwarming,  contemporary story of a First Nations family. The black and white illustrations do a fine job of bringing the story to life, though they have a bit too much shading which makes the book visually a bit dark. Even so, this is likely to be a favorite with young readers." - Oyate 

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Skin Like Mine
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

In Skin Like Mine Garry Gottfriedson offers a suite of poems that peel away the skin of contemporary first nations society to reveal an inside view of individual experience. Gottfriedson speaks of "minds full of anticipation" yet with "tongues pointing arrowheads." Today's youth, he says, are "afraid of themselves." He finds that both individuals and bands end in "tangles," that they write "nonsense words in the sand" or exploit images painted on rocks, those "the postmodern Indian calls / visual poetic expression." As the collection continues, however, Gottfriedson's love for the land emerges. He draws attention to the rape of the natural environment, the skin of Mother Earth, through clear-cut logging. He speaks of the damage caused by the pine beetle, of "forests being / eaten from the inside out." And here it is that Gottfriedson introduces the mysterious Horsechild, who is to prepare the drying racks for the returning salmon "so that beneath your skin / the mountains will be forever abundant": a prayer for us to protect the migrating salmon on their multi-year cycles, to protect the bears and eagles that feast upon them, so as to assure that the transformations will continue, that there will be abundance for both humans and the earth itself.

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Tom Finder
Authors:
Martine Leavitt
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

This riveting story is about a fifteen-year old boy who, as the story opens, realizes he has no idea who he is-beyond his first name-or what has led to his loss of memory. From the outset, he's on the run, a street kid thrust out on his own, living by
his wits and involved in a quest to find another lost teenager whose First Nations father is desperate for news of his son. In the process, he learns to survive and begins to get a sense of his strengths and character.

Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award in the category of Juvenile-Young Adult Fiction!

Winner of the Mr. Christie's Book Award!

Shortlist for the 2004 Canadian Library Association Young Adult Canadian Book Award

Ontario Library Association's Golden Oak Award winner, 2005

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Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
Authors:
Gordon Reid
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in Alberta is one of the oldest, largest, and best-preserved buffalo jump sites in North America and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1981. Author Gordon Reid has compiled a history of this significant site, describing the importance of the buffalo to Native peoples, how the jump was used, and the traditions and skills surrounding the hunt. He also looks at the excavation of the site, explaining how archaeologists uncovered artifacts, and what they learned about the history of the site and the people who used it. Also included is an overview of the resources offered by the Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump interpretive centre.

This book, originally published in 1993, has been a very popular resource for tourists, educators, students, and people interested in Alberta's heritage. Completely updated and redesigned for this new edition, it will be the only book available that explains, in depth, the vital role of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in Native history.

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First Nations Full Day Kindergarten
Authors:
Sheila Austin
Karin Clark
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Over 300 pages of cultural components to complement traditional kindergarten skills and concepts:
PROGRAM BACKGROUND, Budget Categories, Integrating First Nations Studies, Cognitive Education Method, Activities, Skills and Goals, Monthly Rhythms, Sample Week, Sample Daily Routines. THEMES: Longhouse - Autumn & Winter, Longhouse - Spring and Summer, Salmon, Bears, Planning a Potlatch, Christmas Festival, Cedar, Canoes, Weaving, Drama, plus cultural materials support themes. Factual background information for teachers to read or share with students.

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Images from the Likeness House
Authors:
Dan Savard
Format: Paperback

On a winter’s day in 1889, Tsimshian Chief Arthur Wellington Clah went to Hannah and Richard Maynard’s photography studio in Victoria “to give myself likeness.” In Images from the Likeness House, Dan Savard explores the relationship between First Peoples in British Columbia, Alaska and Washington and the photographers who made images of them from the late 1850s to the 1920s. He gives examples of the great technological advancements that took place, from wet-glass-plate to nitrate-film negatives, showing the images in their original state, not cropped, corrected or retouched.

This is not only an important book about photography, but also a visual statement about perception (and misperception), cultural change and survival. Images from the Likeness House will appeal to ethnographers, photographers, art lovers and anyone interested in the history of BC, Alaska and Washington.

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The Indian History of British Columbia
Authors:
Wilson Duff
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

The Indian History of British Columbia - The Impact on the White Man

First published in 1965, The Indian History of British Columbia: The Impact of the White Man remains an important book thanks to Wilson Duff's rigorous scholarship. It is an excellent overview of the history of the interaction between the First Nations of British Columbia and the colonial cultures that came to western North America. In its 30 years in print, this book has sold more than 15,000 copies and continues to reside on the reading lists of many university and college anthropology courses.

Wilson Duff wrote this book as the first in a series. The second was to be the first book in a line of "ethnic histories" on specific First Nations; the third was to cover a thousand or so years before contact with Euro-Americans. Regrettably, he never finished the other manuscripts. But The Impact of the White Man stands alone and is, indeed, a mainstay of anthropology and history in British Columbia.

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As I Remember It
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Taken from her Native birth mother as a baby. Removed from her adoptive parents’ home at 5 and caught shoplifting at 11. On the streets prostituting herself at 14. This is the stark childhood and adolescence of Tara Lee, the protagonist of As I Remember It. But she triumphs over rejection and abuse, thanks to her indomitable spirit and the efforts of a pair of unique foster parents.

Breakdowns in the fostering system make the headlines, but what is day-to-day life really like for foster children and teens? What struggles do they face, and what resources do they draw on? Why are kids in care more liable to get involved in crime?

As I Remember It yields first-person insight into these issues, but beyond that, it will draw you in with its unblinking portrait of a young girl who discovers that she possesses a core of strength equal to that of her storybook heroines.

Awards

  • 2013 Burt Award - Second Place Winner
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First Nations Gaming in Canada
Editors:
Yale D. Belanger
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

While games of chance have been part of the Aboriginal cultural landscape since before European contact, large-scale commercial gaming facilities within First Nations communities are a relatively new phenomenon in Canada. First Nations Gaming in Canada is the first multidisciplinary study of the role of gaming in indigenous communities north of the 49th parallel. Bringing together some of Canada’s leading gambling researchers, the book examines the history of Aboriginal gaming and its role in indigenous political economy, the rise of large-scale casinos and cybergaming, the socio-ecological impact of problem gambling, and the challenges of labour unions and financial management. The authors also call attention to the dearth of socio-economic impact studies of gambling in First Nations communities while providing models to address this growing issue of concern.

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Restoring the Balance
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

First Nations peoples believe the eagle flies with a female wing and a male wing, showing the importance of balance between the feminine and the masculine in all aspects of individual and community experiences. Centuries of colonization, however, have devalued the traditional roles of First Nations women, causing a great gender imbalance that limits the abilities of men, women, and their communities in achieving self-actualization.

Restoring the Balance brings to light the work First Nations women have performed, and continue to perform, in cultural continuity and community development. It illustrates the challenges and successes they have had in the areas of law, politics, education, community healing, language, and art, while suggesting significant options for sustained improvement of individual, family, and community well-being.

Written by fifteen Aboriginal scholars, activists, and community leaders, Restoring the Balance combines life histories and biographical accounts with historical and critical analyses grounded in traditional thought and approaches. It is a powerful and important book.

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Magic Weapons
Authors:
Sam McKegney
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Inuit; Métis;

The legacy of the residential school system ripples throughout Native Canada, its fingerprints on the domestic violence, poverty, alcoholism, drug abuse, and suicide rates that continue to cripple many Native communities. Magic Weapons is the first major survey of Indigenous writings on the residential school system, and provides groundbreaking readings of life writings by Rita Joe (Mi’kmaq) and Anthony Apakark Thrasher (Inuit) as well as in-depth critical studies of better known life writings by Basil Johnston (Ojibway) and Tomson Highway (Cree). Magic Weapons examines the ways in which Indigenous survivors of residential school mobilize narrative in their struggles for personal and communal empowerment in the shadow of attempted cultural genocide. By treating Indigenous life-writings as carefully crafted aesthetic creations and interrogating their relationship to more overtly politicized historical discourses, Sam McKegney argues that Indigenous life-writings are culturally generative in ways that go beyond disclosure and recompense, re-envisioning what it means to live and write as Indigenous individuals in post-residential school Canada.

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Women of the First Nations: Power, Wisdom, and Strength
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

"From diversity comes strength and wisdom”: this was the guiding principle for selecting the articles in this collection. Because there is no single voice, identity, history, or cultural experience that represents the women of the First Nations, a realistic picture will have many facets. Accordingly, the authors in Women of the First Nations include Native and non-Native scholars, feminists, and activists from across Canada.

Their work examines various aspects of Aboriginal women’s lives from a variety of theoretical and personal perspectives. They discuss standard media representations, as well as historical and current realities. They bring new perspectives to discussions on Aboriginal art, literature, historical, and cultural contributions, and they offer diverse viewpoints on present economic, environmental, and political issues.

This collection counters the marginalization and silencing of First Nations women’s voices and reflects the power, strength, and wisdom inherent in their lives.

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Beyond the Indian Act
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

While land claims made by Canada's aboriginal peoples continue to attract attention and controversy, there has been almost no discussion of the ways in which First Nations lands are managed and the property rights that have been in place since the Indian Act of 1876. Beyond the Indian Act looks at these issues and questions whether present land practices have benefited Canada's aboriginal peoples. Challenging current laws and management, this illuminating work proposes the creation of a new system that would allow First Nations to choose to have full ownership of property, both individually and collectively.

The authors not only investigate the current forms of property rights on reservations but also expose the limitations of each system, showing that customary rights are insecure, certificates of possession cannot be sold outside the First Nation, and leases are temporary. As well, analysis of legislation, court decisions, and economic reports reveals that current land management has led to unnecessary economic losses. The authors propose creation of a First Nations Property Ownership Act that would make it possible for First Nations to take over full ownership of reserve lands from the Crown, arguing that permitting private property on reserves would provide increased economic advantages.

An engaging and well-reasoned book, Beyond the Indian Act is a bold argument for a new system that could improve the quality of life for First Nations people in communities across the country.

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The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names
Authors:
Andrew Scott
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

In 1909 Captain John T. Walbran published one of the most beloved and enduring of all BC books, British Columbia Coast Names. Harbour Publishing celebrates the hundredth anniversary of that landmark work by presenting the first book to update Walbran's classic, Andrew Scott's Raincoast Place Names. Like its progenitor, Raincoast Place Names is much more than simply a catalogue of name origins because it tells the often fascinating stories behind the names and in so doing serves as a history of the region in capsule form. It is also a monumental work, twice the size of Walbran's and including more than three times as many places. Four thousand entries consider, in intriguing detail, the stories behind over five thousand place names: how they were discovered, who named them and why, and what the names reveal. It describes the original First Nations cultures, the heroics of the 18th-century explorers and fur traders, the gruelling survey and settlement efforts of the 19th century, the lives of colonial officials, missionaries, gold seekers and homesteaders, and the histories of nearly every important vessel to sail or cruise the coast.

The book also examines—for the first time—the rich heritage of BC place names added in the 20th century. These new entries reflect the world of the steamship era, the ships and skippers of the Union and Princess lines, the heroes of the two World Wars and the sealing fleet, Esquimalt's naval base and BC's fishing, canning, mining and logging industries.

Richly illustrated with photos and maps, this book is an essential reference work, a must-have guide for boaters and mariners and a standard companion for anyone interested in BC history. It also makes a fine shelf-mate for the Encyclopedia of British Columbia.

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From the Iron House: Imprisonment in First Nations Writing
Authors:
Deena Rymhs
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

In From the Iron House: Imprisonment in First Nations Writing, Deena Rymhs identifies continuities between the residential school and the prison, offering ways of reading “the carceral”—that is, the different ways that incarceration is constituted and articulated in contemporary Aboriginal literature. Addressing the work of writers like Tomson Highway and Basil Johnston along with that of lesser-known authors writing in prison serials and underground publications, this book emphasizes the literary and political strategies these authors use to resist the containment of their institutions.

The first part of the book considers a diverse sample of writing from prison serials, prisoners’ anthologies, and individual autobiographies, including Stolen Life by Rudy Wiebe and Yvonne Johnson, to show how these works serve as second hearings for their authors—an opportunity to respond to the law’s authority over their personal and public identities while making a plea to a wider audience. The second part looks at residential school narratives and shows how the authors construct identities for themselves in ways that defy the institution’s control. The interactions between these two bodies of writing—residential school accounts and prison narratives—invite recognition of the ways that guilt is colonially constructed and how these authors use their writing to distance themselves from that guilt.

Offering new ways of reading Native writing, From the Iron House is a pioneering study of prison literature in Canada and situates its readings within international criticism of prison writing. Contributing to genre studies and theoretical understandings of life writing, and covering a variety of social topics, this work will be relevant to readers interested in indigenous studies, Canadian cultural studies, postcolonial studies, auto/biography studies, law, and public policy.

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Potlatch Perspectives
Authors:
Karin Clark
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Actual documents for and against the potlatch; results of the anti-potlatch law; present day revival of the potlatch and First Nations culture; questions; activities; bibliography.

69 pages

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Pleasure of the Crown: Anthropology, Law and First Nations
Authors:
Dara Culhane
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

In-depth analysis of the 130-year history of the Aboriginal title issue in British Columbia, including the Gitksan and Wet'suwet'en case.

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

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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How We Saw the World: Nine Native Stories of the Way Things Began
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All peoples have their own stories of how the Earth was created, what separated the land from the seas, and how the many animals, fish, and other creatures came to have their particular characteristics. The native tribes of North America are no different: they too have stories about the “way things began.” A fascinating collection of tales that explain the origins of tornadoes, forest fires, butterflies, horses, Niagara Falls, why dogs are our best friends, and even a very funny story of why owls and rabbits look the way they do.

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“Taylor tells the tale with straightforward ease: her paintings, exquisitely evocative of their primeval setting.” –Kirkus Reviews

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Deadly Loyalties
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Deadly Loyalties is set in an urban lieu that is rife with young gangs who recruit their members as fresh as they can get them. Blaise, a 14-year-old Indigenous girl and the narrator of Deadly Loyalties, is in the centre of this urban gang setting. An innocent bystander she witnesses the brutal murder of her good friend Sheldon by his rival gang. Due to her witnessing this murder, Blaise is pulled into a gang war. An engrossing and compelling coming of age story depicting the gritty and often gruesome realities of life on the streets, Deadly Loyalties is an open and honest look at the violence and pressures teenagers face when trying to belong. This page-turning love story is from a teenager's perspective and reveals to the reader how some bad choices are not always rooted in bad values. A search for belonging can often result in mistaken loyalties. This struggle through teenage angst is a tale of friendship, betrayal and redemption, of loyalty, revenge and survival.

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Goodnight World (BB)
Authors:
Native Elements
Format: Board Book
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

24-page board book by various Indigenous artists.

"Animals are highly respected in our culture and featured in our traditions. They are part of our stories, dances, songs, and in our dreams." - Francis Horne Sr., Coast Salish

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Journeys of the Spirit
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Inuit; Métis;

The first in this anthology series features writings by First Nation, Inuit and Métis literacy learners from across Canada.

Journeys of the Spirit provides the reader with a variety of voices and realities, as these writers share their triumphs and struggles through their stories and poetry.

We hope this collection will enhance and promote a greater understanding of the issues facing First Nation, Inuit and Métis people.

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Journeys of the Spirit II
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Inuit; Métis;

This is the second anthology of First Nation, Inuit and Métis learners’ writings.

This strong collection of new voices share with the reader their struggles as well as their triumphs.

Based on the strength and overwhelming popularity of our first volume of learner writing, we are proud to bring the reader many more stories of brave and courageous Aboriginal learners from all over Canada.

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Journeys of the Spirit III
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Inuit; Métis;

This is the third anthology of First Nation, Inuit and Métis learners’ writings.

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Meet a Music Industry Professional: Alan Greyeyes
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Alan is the aboriginal music program coordinator for a non-profit organization that represents its members in the music industry. He provides advice to Aboriginal recording artists on everything from setting up a business to understanding the world of copyright. A lot of his time is spent completing funding applications, managing service providers, working with artists and writing reports. Find out about his unique career and how it all began.

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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First Nations 101
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

First Nations 101 is an easy to read primer that provides readers with a broad overview of the diverse and complex lives of First Nations people. It is packed with more than 70 subjects including veterans, youth, urbanization, child welfare, appropriate questions to ask a First Nations person, feminism, the medicine wheel, Two-spirit (LGBTQ), residential schools, the land bridge theory, and language preservation. Author Lynda Gray endeavors to leave readers with a better understanding of the shared history of First Nations and non-First Nations people, and ultimately calls upon all of us - individuals, communities, and governments - to play active roles in bringing about true reconciliation between First Nations and non-First Nations people.

288 pages

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Grandma's Special Feeling
Authors:
Karin Clark
Artists:
Karin Clark
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

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

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First Nations Technology
Authors:
Karin Clark
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

In this story, First Nations technology of the past is contrasted with First Nations technology of the present. Many illustrations show how inventive First Nations people were in their use of the environment. The addition of present-day technology shows how adaptive First Nations people continue to be. Housing, fishing, hunting, gathering, storing, clothing, carrying, transportation, cooking and ceremony are included.

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Raven Visits Victoria
Authors:
Karin Clark
Artists:
Karin Clark
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

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

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From Time Immemorial: The First Peoples of the Northwest Coast
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recommended Grades: 3-8.

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

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92 pages | colour illustrations, photos, and maps 

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Les Sept enseignements sacrés
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Inuit; Métis;

Il y a des lunes, j’ai entendu mes enfants pleurer… Aujourd’hui, je reviens sous la forme de la Femme Bison Blanc.

Aujourd’hui, je reviens te révéler les sept enseignements sacrés. Les Sept enseignements sacrés nous parle de valeurs traditionnelles communes aux peuples autochtones l’humilité, l’honnêteté, le respect, le courage, la sagesse, la vérité et l’amour.

À chaque valeur correspond un arbre, une plante, un animal dont les attributs et les qualités fondent la base des enseignements qui sont un message d’espoir et d’universalité.

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The Cedar Club Forest Detectives
Authors:
Diane Swanson
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

The Cedar Club Forest Detectives introduces readers to the fabulous rainforests of British Columbia and the Pacific-Northwest. It shows how plants and animals interact and adapt themselves to the forest. It shows how living things depend on non-living things, such as water, light and soil. The book also presents examples of fossil forest life, First Nations’ uses of forests and the ways people harm-and help-the forest. By the end of the book, Andrew, Karen and Nick want to help care for the forest. They find a way.

The Nature Detective Series is a set of five books and five teacher’s guides, developed specifically to address learning outcomes in the new national science curriculum, it is an essential addition to your classes grade collection.

Written by award winning BC author, Diane Swanson, the Nature Detectives Series tells the stories of groups of adventurous nature detectives as they discover the life in five different ecosystems; westcoast rainforest, seashore, wetland, grassland and river. These enjoyable books provide primary teachers with a language-based resource from which science and language arts can be extended across the curriculum.

The books also present examples of fossil life, traditional First Nations uses of ecosystems and the ways people harm and help the environment. Teacher’s Guide available.

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Each text includes:
• an examination of the diversity of plants and animals
• how plants and animals have adapted themselves to their environment
• how plants and animals interact with each other
• an examination of the life cycles of specific plants and animals
• a comparison of fossils with plants and animals
• a look at the causes and effects of extinction and endangerment of plants and animals
• information about First Nations’ use of plants and animals in each ecosystem
• glossary and index

48 pp, full color illustrations, glossary, index

Level: Grades 3-4

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The Gibson Park Grassland Detectives
Authors:
Diane Swanson
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

The Gibson Park Grasslands Detectives introduces readers to the great grasslands of British Columbia and the Pacific-Northwest. It shows how plants and animals interact and adapt themselves to the grassland. It shows how living things depend on non-living things, such as water, light and soil. The book also presents examples of fossil grassland life, First Nations’ uses of forests and the ways people harm-and help-the grassland. By the end of the book, Lynn, Mike and Christie want to help care for the grassland. They find a way.

The Nature Detective Series is a set of five books and five teacher’s guides, developed specifically to address learning outcomes in the new national science curriculum, is an essential addition to your classes grade collection.

Written by award winning BC author, Diane Swanson, the Nature Detectives Series tells the stories of groups of adventurous nature detectives as they discover the life in five different ecosystems; westcoast rainforest, seashore, wetland, grassland and river. These enjoyable books provide primary teachers with a language-based resource from which science and language arts can be extended across the curriculum.

The books also present examples of fossil life, traditional First Nations uses of ecosystems and the ways people harm and help the environment. Teacher’s Guide available.

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Each text includes:
• an examination of the diversity of plants and animals
• how plants and animals have adapted themselves to their environment
• how plants and animals interact with each other
• an examination of the life cycles of specific plants and animals
• a comparison of fossils with plants and animals
• a look at the causes and effects of extinction and endangerment of plants and animals
• information about First Nations’ use of plants and animals in each
• ecosystem
• glossary and index

48 pp, full color illustrations, glossary, index

Level: Grades 3-4

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Crow And Weasel
Authors:
Barry Lopez
Artists:
Tom Pohrt
Format: Paperback

Long ago, when people and animals spoke the same language, two young men left their tribe to make an adventurous voyage through the wilderness, into the unknown northland. Set in the mythic past and inspired by the traditions of the North American Plains people, this fable of self-discovery follows Crow and Weasel as they face unfamiliar perils on a quest for knowledge and wisdom. Conquering their innermost fears, the two heroes come of age and learn more than they ever could have imagined--about humanity's relationship to the land, the importance of respecting other peoples and giving thanks, and even the very nature of friendship itself.

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"A brilliantly written and totally original New World adventure." - Jean Craighead George

“Mr. Lopez's story is a wonderful one, that is, full of wonders. It is a journey through a vast landscape, every part of which is electric with life and danger. It is also an interior, spiritual journey toward wisdom. And the illustrations are brilliant.”Paula Fox

“Crow and Weasel 
are two young men of the Northern plains who undertake a journey through unexplored wilderness to the tundra and back. Their quest is also a fable of inner discovery based on ideas and traditions of early American Indians. An engrossing story, which is imaginatively illustrated.”The New Yorker

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Copying People
Authors:
Daniel Francis
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Before the west was widely settled, photographs provided the first glimpse white society had of the aboriginal people who occupied the hinterlands of the continent. Copying People - a phrase borrowed from the Haida of the Queen Charlotte Islands that means "camera" - is a collection of historical photographs chosen from the vast number of images in museums and archives across North America. Taken by professional photographers, surveyors, anthropologists, civil servants, and tourists, these fascinating images show how early non-Native photographers "pictured" First Nations people and influenced the outside world's perceptions of them.



Many of these photographs attempt to document the "traditional" Indian, with their subjects dressed up in wigs, costumes, and other props provided by the photographer. In an effort to record for posterity what they viewed as a doomed race, the photographers helped construct the "idea" of the Indian in the collective mind of white society. Other photographers used images of Native people for commercial purposes, or pictured their subjects in suits and dresses, hoping to appeal to an audience eager for evidence that Natives were becoming "civilized."



Depicting Native societies under a great deal of stress at a time of tremendous change in their way of life and their environment, the photographs also reveal societies struggling to preserve their cultures and successfully adapting to new economic opportunities. And despite what we might think of their motives, many photographers produced images of remarkable power and enduring beauty.



Covering all of British Columbia, the book represents the work of every important photographer dealing with aboriginal people in the province before World war II. With 140 archival images, Copying People offers a privileged glimpse of British Columbia's original inhabitants.

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First Nations: Art Projects and Activities
Format: Coil Bound
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

13 lessons in basic shapes and designs at the junior and secondary level, 17
projects at the elementary level.
1. Salmon model
2. Totem pole
3. Mask
4. Paddle
5. Village
6. Story
7. Symmetry
8. Complete design
9. Drum
10. Calendar
11. Christmas decorations
12. Blanket
13. Headband
14. Sun design paper fold
15. Bookmark
16. Canoe model
17. Potlatch

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First Nations in BC
Authors:
Karin Clark
Format: Coil Bound
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

FIRST NATIONS IN B.C: Comparing Interior and Coastal Cultures
24 units of First Nations studies at the primary, intermediate and junior high school levels.
Based on Southern Interior and Pacific Coast First Nations in B.C. Origin Legends.
Culminating Activities.Contemporary Culture. First Nations Contributions.

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Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Inuit; Métis;

This anthology of Aboriginal writings from Manitoba takes readers back through the millennia and forward to the present day, painting a dynamic picture of a territory interconnected through words, ideas, and experiences. A rich collection of stories, poetry, nonfiction, and speeches, it features:
Historical writings, from important figures.
Vibrant literary writing by eminent Aboriginal writers.
Nonfiction and political writing from contemporary Aboriginal leaders.
Local storytellers and keepers of knowledge from far-reaching Manitoba communities.
New, vibrant voices that express the modern Aboriginal experiences.
Anishinaabe, Cree, Dene, Inuit, Métis, and Sioux writers from Manitoba.
Created in the spirit of the Anishinaabe concept debwe (to speak the truth), The Debwe Series is a collection of exceptional Aboriginal writing from across Canada. Manitowapow, a one-of-a-kind anthology, is the first book in The Debwe Series. Manitowapow is the traditional name that became Manitoba, a word that describes the sounds of beauty and power that created the province.

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The Mounted Police & Prairie Society 1873-1919
Editors:
William M. Baker
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

This is a collection of scholarly explorations of the nature and role of the Mounted Police on the prairies, from the formation of the North West Mounted Police in 1873-74 to its transformation into the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1919-20. All the essays were prepared by scholars since the 1973-74 centennial of the force and demonstrate the greater depth of analysis and expanded breadth of coverage of Mounted Police historiography since the centennial. Five general themes are presented: First Nations; Law Enforcement; Social Issues; Characteristics of the Force; and Crisis and Change. Taken together, the essays demonstrate the involvement of the Mounted Police in virtually all facets of prairie society throughout the period.

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First Nations Race, Class, and Gender Relations
Authors:
Vic Satzewich
Terry Wotherspoon
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

This book provides an extended analysis of how changing social dynamics, organized particularly around race, class, and gender relations, have shaped the life chances and conditions for Aboriginal people within the structure of Canadian society and its major institutional forms. The authors conclude that prospects for First Nations and Aboriginal people remain uncertain insofar as they are grounded in contradictory social, economic, cultural and political realities.

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Where the Pavement Ends: Canada's Aboriginal Recovery Movement and the Urgent Need for Reconciliation
Authors:
Marie Wadden
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Inuit; Métis;

The acclaimed book that has exhorted Canadians to make social healing in Aboriginal communities an immediate national priority, now available in paperback.

Over the past fifteen years, Canada's Aboriginal healing community has emerged as a vital and visible force. Creative recovery programs have been established across the country, and international initiatives such as the "Healing Our Spirit Worldwide" gatherings have originated here. The Canadian government has thrown millions of dollars at the issue of addictions, yet alcoholism, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, drug abuse and gambling are epidemic today in the lives of Aboriginal people.

Where the Pavement Ends is filled with inspiring stories gathered from journalist Marie Wadden's discussions with activists across Canada who are involved in the Aboriginal healing movement. But the book is also a passionate wake-up call aimed at all Canadians. Existing government policies, Wadden argues, perpetuate the problems that are tearing Aboriginal families and communities apart. We must make social healing in Aboriginal communities an immediate national priority. We must also demand public policy that guarantees First Nations, Inuit and MÈtis people the right to live as full and equal citizens. In these ways, we can offer true support to these marginalized communities.

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Aboriginal Music in Contemporary Canada: Echoes and Exchanges
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Inuit; Métis;

First Nations, Inuit, and Métis music in Canada is dynamic and diverse, reflecting continuities with earlier traditions and innovative approaches to creating new musical sounds. Aboriginal Music in Contemporary Canada narrates a story of resistance and renewal, struggle and success, as indigenous musicians in Canada negotiate who they are and who they want to be. Comprised of essays, interviews, and personal reflections by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal musicians and scholars alike, the collection highlights themes of innovation, teaching and transmission, and cultural interaction. Individual chapters discuss musical genres ranging from popular styles including country and pop to nation-specific and intertribal practices such as powwows, as well as hybrid performances that incorporate music with theatre and dance. As a whole, this collection demonstrates how music is a powerful tool for articulating the social challenges faced by Aboriginal communities and an effective way to affirm indigenous strength and pride. Juxtaposing scholarly study with artistic practice, Aboriginal Music in Contemporary Canada celebrates and critically engages Canada's vibrant Aboriginal music scene. Contributors include Véronique Audet (Université de Montreal), Columpa C. Bobb (Tsleil Waututh and Nlaka'pamux, Manitoba Theatre for Young People), Sadie Buck (Haudenosaunee), Annette Chrétien (Métis), Marie Clements (Métis/Dene), Walter Denny Jr. (Mi'kmaw), Gabriel Desrosiers (Ojibwa, University of Minnesota, Morris), Beverley Diamond (Memorial University), Jimmy Dick (Cree), Byron Dueck (Royal Northern College of Music), Klisala Harrison (University of Helsinki), Donna Lariviere (Algonquin), Charity Marsh (University of Regina), Sophie Merasty (Dene and Cree), Garry Oker (Dane-zaa), Marcia Ostashewski (Cape Breton University), Mary Piercey (Memorial University), Amber Ridington (Memorial University), Dylan Robinson (Stó:lo, University of Toronto), Christopher Scales (Michigan State University), Gilles Sioui (Wendat), Gordon E. Smith (Queen's University), Beverly Souliere (Algonquin), Janice Esther Tulk (Memorial University), Florent Vollant (Innu) and Russell Wallace (Lil'wat).

Authenticity Note: While the editors of this book are not Indigenous, the majority of contributors are Indigenous; therefore, this book has received the Authentic Indigenous Text label.

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Dalton's Gold Rush Trail: Exploring the Route of the Klondike Cattle Drives
Authors:
Michael Gates
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

The history of the Klondike, with its harrowing narratives of climbing the Chilkoot and White passes, braving the rapids of the Yukon River and striking it rich only to go broke again, has become legend. Yet there are still more untold stories that linger in the boarded-up ghost towns, forgotten wilderness cabins and along overgrown trails. Yukon historian Michael Gates has made a career of poking around both the archives and the outdoors of the North.

Used as a trading route by the Chilkat Tlingit for centuries, the Dalton Trail was taken over by Jack Dalton, a hard driving, murdering, entrepreneurial adventurer, who built bridges and way stations and set up a toll booth. For a fee he would pack passengers and freight to and from Dawson, gaining a reputation for a difficult but safe passage.

This is the trail where starry-eyed financiers first dreamed of building a railroad to Dawson City, where thousands of head of cattle were regularly driven north--with only some reaching their destination--and where reindeer were unsuccessfully introduced to the Yukon as pack animals. Despite its short existence--from 1897 to 1903, when it was superceded by the relative ease of the Chilkoot and White trails--the Dalton Trail was also a flashpoint for conflict with the local Natives, border disputes between Canada and the US, and the jumping-off point for yet another gold strike at Porcupine Creek.

While the Klondike stories are (nearly) all true, just remember--it happened first on the Dalton.

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Grey Owl: The Curious Life of Archie Belaney
Authors:
Irene Ternier Gordon
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

"He gave his extraordinary genius, his passionate sympathy, his bodily strength, his magnetic personal influence, even his very earnings to the service of animals..." - Lovat Dickson, publisher. This book will be especially fascinating for all readers interested in: biography or animals. Grey Owl was known to millions of people as an outstanding Native Canadian spokesman who championed the cause of nature, conservation, and preservation. His cause was true, but the truth about Archie Belaney's mysterious ancestry was another story.

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Tecumseh: Shooting Star, Crouching Panther
Authors:
Jim Poling Sr.
Format: Paperback

Shawnee war chief Tecumseh dedicated his life to stopping American expansion and preserving the lands and cultures of North American Aboriginal peoples. He travelled relentlessly trying to build a confederation of tribes that would stop the territorial ambitions of the newly created United States of America.

Tecumseh tried both diplomacy and battle to preserve his Ohio Valley homelands. When he realized that neither could stop the American advancement, he turned to the British in Canada for help was the War of 1812 began. He and Isaac Brock, British geneal and Canadian hero, caputured Detroit early in the war and historians believe they would have gone on to more impressive battles had Brock not fallen at Queenston Heights in 1812. After the loss of Brock, some success was achieved against the Americans, notably in the woods at Fort Meigs, Ohio, in May 1813. But when the Americans won the decisive Battle of Lake Erie later that summer, the door to Canada was opened. Chased by his nemesis William Henry Harrison, Tecumseh and the British retreated, making a final stand at the Battle of Moraviantown. Tecumseh was killed in the battle. His death marked the end of First Nations resistence to American expansion south of the Great Lakes.

A great leader, Tecumseh left an indelible mark on the history of both Canada and the United States. The story of his struggle to preserve a vanishing culture is one that remains relvant toda. One of the greatest tributes to Tecumseh came from his enemy, Harrison, who later became president of the United States. He called Tecumseh an "uncommon genius," who in another place, another time, could have built an empire.

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The First Nations Series for Young Readers Teacher Resource
Authors:
Shawntelle Nesbitt
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

This comprehensive teacher's guide is designed to accompany Second Story Press' First Nations Series for Young Readers. This resource has been developed around the First Nations/Native American holistic concept of community and how teachers can use these ideas to help support differentiated instruction. Just as the series tells the stories of First Nations activists who have taken action on issues that are important to them, the guide is designed to encourage students to use their critical thinking and literacy skills to do the same. It can easily be integrated into everyday junior level classroom programming for language skills, arts, social studies, and character education. It is also appropriate for adaptation in intermediate and senior level classrooms. The material can be applied to other books and texts that address local, national, or global social justice issues.

The guide uses the six books in the "First Nations Series for Young Readers":

Environmentalists from our First Nations
Great Musicians from our First Nations
Men of Courage from our First Nations
Great Women from our First Nations
Great Athletes from our First Nations
Gray Wolf's Search

The material in this guide can also be applied to other books and texts about First Nations peoples that address themes of social justice, activism, the environment, sports, and politics

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Strong Readers Set B: Cedar — The Tree of Life (L20)
Authors:
Brenda Boreham
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;
Level 20

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The Western Red Cedar tree is sometimes called The Tree of Life. This book explains some of the ways that the cedar is useful to the people of the Pacific Northwest Coast.
What do you already know about the Western Red Cedar?

Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in
Pages: 16
ISBN: 9781771740470

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Strong Readers Set B: Cedar — The Tree of Life (L20) 6-Pack
Authors:
Brenda Boreham
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;
Level 20

Back cover book introduction:
The Western Red Cedar tree is sometimes called The Tree of Life. This book explains some of the ways that the cedar is useful to the people of the Pacific Northwest Coast.
What do you already know about the Western Red Cedar?

Book Dimensions: 6in x 9in
Pages: 16
6-Pack ISBN: 9781771740074

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Goodnight World (HC)
Authors:
Native Elements
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Night-time themed artistic view of animals, fish and insects of the Northwest Coast.

"Goodnight birds singing each other to sleep....Goodnight frogs croaking in the night....Goodnight owls keeping watch through the night". All of creation says: "Goodnight". Artwork from various Indigenous artists.

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How a People Die
Authors:
Alan Fry
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

It's Saturday morning on the Kwasi Reserve. The citizens are red-eyed and bleary, their shabby houses littered with empty bottles. But this Saturday is different. Last night while her parents partied, a baby girl died in her crib, her body crusted with filth and sores.

RCMP Corporal Thompson stirs up a hornet's nest when he charges the infant's parents with criminal neglect. But who, or what, really killed Annette Joseph? "Tell us how a people die," one character says, "and we can tell you how a people live."

When How a People Die appeared in 1970, its chilling picture of a culture mired in squalor caused an international sensation. Now, as a plague of substance abuse and suicide sweeps Canadian reserves, it is more timely than ever. In a new introduction, author Alan Fry offers alternatives to the bleak future he envisioned in How a People Die.

The controversial novel of death and despair on a BC Indian Reserve. ". . .one of the most sensitive and incisive statements on human alienation I have ever seen."
-N. Scott Momaday, New York Times Book Review

". . .required reading for anyone who is seriously concerned about the [present] social turmoil."
-Vine Deloria, author of Custer Died For Your Sins and God is Red

"Come on Indians, dammit yes, read this book and get angry." -David Monture, Indian News

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Saskatchewan First Nations: Lives Past & Present
Authors:
Christian Thompson
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

In this volume are more than 125 biographies, which together demonstrate the diversity and depth of Saskatchewan’s First Nations community and the contributions of First Nations people to the province.

"This book ... provides an opportunity to set our history to paper — our stories, our experience, our realities, our wisdom, our worldview; perhaps what is most important, it is in our own words." (From the "Foreword")

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Plain Speaking: Essays on Aboriginal Peoples and the Prairie
Authors:
Bruce Dawson
Patrick Douaud
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Métis;

For thousands of years the First Nations and Métis peoples have forged social, economic, historical and artistic relationships with the prairie ecosystem. These relationships, though much influenced by tradition, are not strictly bound by the past: rather, contemporary encounters and interpretations of these relationships between people and prairie are important aspects of living, contemporary cultures.

This collection of essays reflects a desire to hear and share these contemporary stories, as well as new interpretations of past encounters. It represents an attempt to express Aboriginal ties to the land, be they rooted in the spirit, the intellect, the imagination, or simply the day-to-day lifestyle.

Authenticity Note: This work contains works and substantial contributions from Indigenous contributors, such as Neal McLeod and Blair Stonechild. Therefore, it has received the Authentic Indigenous Text label.

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Dreamcatcher and the Seven Deceivers
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Inuit; Métis;

Dreamcatcher and the Seven Deceivers, the sequel to the Seven Sacred Teachings, warns of voices we can expect to hear in our dream time – voices that do not represent the Sacred Teachings.

These are the voices of Seven Deceivers who are spoken of by name. The allure of their whisperings is carefully spelled out in order that all might come to know what to listen for. Dreamcatcher and the Seven Deceivers is a carefully woven telling of how and why Creator sent Trickster to Turtle Island with a gift that would help us see the light and resist temptation. At a time before distant religions and churches came with their teachings, their commandments and their seven cardinal sins, we knew. We knew the way of the Good Red Road. We knew the right way to live; not through commandments but through Sacred Teachings – Teachings that were given to us long before their arrival. And we knew we would be tested by Seven Deceivers – what they called seven cardinal sins. We knew because we had been forewarned. And when these distant churches arrived with their teachings, their relics and their symbols, we had our own. One was the Dreamcatcher.

Rooted in humility and honesty, the creators have tried to respect the cultures and traditions of all peoples. It is our hope that this telling will unite and thus heal divisions. Prophecies tell that this is the time for One Heart, One Mind and One Drum. We, readers and authors alike, are the ones we have been waiting for. There is nobody else who can revitalize our culture and values except ourselves.

It is our hope that this telling might move readers toward greater courage and wisdom and ultimately toward achieving and understanding what is true in life’s journey.

The Seven Sacred Teachings are a link that ties all Native, Inuit and Metis communities together.

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We Are Born with the Songs Inside Us
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

We Are Born with the Songs Inside Us: Lives and Stories of First Nations People in British Columbia

First Nations are the fastest growing population in the country. There are thousands upon thousands of young First Nations people growing up today who, together with the kind of individuals whose stories are told in this book, represent a future for this country that is brighter than it has been for a long, long time.
--from the foreword by Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

Since 2004, journalist Katherine Palmer Gordon has interviewed dozens of young First Nations people living in British Columbia--artists and community leaders, comedians and consultants, musicians and lawyers, people who are household names and those known only within their own communities. We Are Born with the Songs Inside Us collects sixteen candid stories gleaned from those interviews, stories of people who share an unshakeable belief in the importance of their cultural heritage to their well-being, to their success at what they do, and to their everyday lives.

Included are Kim Baird, former chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation; Lisa Webster-Gibson, spoken word artist and rock-and-roll drummer with Delaware-Mohawk and Scottish-Canadian heritage who lives and works on Gabriola Island as an Environmental Assessment Professional; and John Marston (Qap'u'luq), an artist and storyteller from the Chemainus First Nation who learned to carve from his father. "What I put into each piece," he says, in his interview with Gordon, "is 100 percent me."

Shattering stereotypes, We Are Born with the Songs Inside Us gathers the thoughts and hopes of young native people living in twenty-first century Canada. Each has a compelling, meaningful story that deserves to be told, understood and, above all, celebrated.

Authenticity Note: The author of this book is not Indigenous; however, those who contributed the stories for the book are Indigenous.  It is up to readers to determine if this will work as an authentic text for their purposes.

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Carrying on
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Carrying on "Irregardless" is a handsomely illustrated paperback based on the first exhibition to focus on humour in Northwest Coast First Nations art. The show, mounted by the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in Vancouver is titled after one of Bill Reid's favourite deliberate grammatical blunders that were part of the sense of humour that, as Martine J. Reid says in her introduction, "was perhaps a part of his survival kit, as it often seems to be for First Nations people."

Within this book are the photographed artworks of twenty-eight prominent Northwest Coast artists, including such varied approaches to humour as a rare prehistoric Coast Salish bowl featuring a smiling face carved from stone, a 1990s etching depicting Raven and the First Men Overlooking Wreck Beach (to catch a glimpse at all the nudists, of course!) and a pair of red and yellow cedar bark high heels titled Too Haida. Collected here are artworks that act as political weapons, bold challenges to stereotypes, and nods to the Trickster. They satirize, ridicule and play. And, above all, they make us laugh, and think, and laugh again.

Accompanying the work are descriptions, quips and jokes from the artists themselves. And preceding it stands three impassioned contextualizing essays that range from the poetic to the academic to the anecdotal, by Tahltan artist, stand-up comedian and co-curator, Peter Morin; Director of Content and Research for the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art and co-curator, Martine J. Reid; and CEO of the Bill Reid Trust and Director for the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Mike Robinson.

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Molly's Promise
Authors:
Sylvia Olsen
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

When Molly learns a talent competition is coming to town, her friend Murphy (A Different Game, Murphy and Mousetrap) becomes her manager. Molly is certain she is a good singer—she has been singing in her head for as long as she can remember. She doesn't sing out loud because of a promise she made to herself. Years ago, Molly vowed that her mom would be the first one to hear her sing. The only problem is, Molly knows nothing about her mom, who left when Molly was a baby. With the talent competition only weeks away, she has to decide whether to break her promise to herself and let her voice out into the world, or wait for her mother's uncertain return before singing for anyone else.

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"An elementary school audience [will be able to] relate to Molly's struggles...Recommended." — CM Magazine, February 2013

"In this small book with a lot of story packed into it, readers will enjoy the high drama...[and] relate to Molly’s uncertainty as she tries something completely new." — School Library Journal, May 2013

"An accessible, easy-to-read text with surprising depth...Deals quietly with issues like race, class, various kinds of sickness, and how families differ. The novel should generate lots of conversation in a class or reading group...A smart selection for anyone who has ever struggled with a secret or worried about being different. It's also an inspiring story of a girl who's learning to get along despite difficult circumstances. Many readers will identify with and enjoy Molly's story." — Resource Links, April 2013

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Themes: singing, competition, friendship, family, absent parent.

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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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136 pages | 5.00" x 7.50"

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Bruno and the Beach: The Beachcombers at 40
Authors:
Jackson Davies
Marc Strange
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Bruno and the Beach is a lively, highly illustrated book celebrating the fortieth anniversary of Canada's longest running dramatic TV production, The Beachcombers, which aired on CBC TV from 1972 to 1990.

The remarkable saga of The Beachcombers--or "Beach," as it was called by both industry insiders and locals of the seaside town of Gibsons, BC, where the series was located--would never have unfolded without the show's larger-than-life star, Bruno Gerussi (Nick Adonidas). His passionate battles to keep the show on air for nearly twenty years were as dramatic as anything that occurred on camera.

Groundbreaking for its First Nations content and notable for an outstanding supporting cast that includes Robert Clothier (Relic), Pat John (Jesse) and Rae Brown (Molly), The Beachcombers is a Canadian treasure that became famous around the world. Generously illustrated with photos and memorabilia, Bruno and the Beach includes insiders' anecdotes, Beachcombers trivia, production crew pranks and personal stories of the folks who appeared on both sides of the camera.

Written by co-creator Marc Strange and series actor Jackson Davies (Constable John Constable), this book offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives of those who gathered at Molly's Reach and shaped a national pastime.

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Home Truths: Highlights from BC History
Editors:
Richard Mackie
Graeme Wynn
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

History in BC grows profusely and luxuriantly, but with odd undergrowth," observed historian J.M.S. Careless many years ago. This claim is fully borne out by this impressive anthology of some of the province's most distinguished historians, geographers, and writers gleaned from over forty years of British Columbia's leading scholarly journal, BC Studies.

This collection includes fascinating articles on the Fraser Canyon by Cole Harris; on Fort Simpson, Metlakatla, and Port Essington by Daniel Clayton; on Victoria's early Chinese community by Patrick Dunae and others; on the eviction of Kitsilano and Squamish people from Vancouver and Stanley Park by Jean Barman; on early home design styles in Vancouver by Deryck Holdsworth; on the failed utopias of Wallachin and Sointula by Nelson Riis and Mikko Saikku; on life in a 1970s logging camp by Peter Harrison; on fly-fishing and dispossession at Penask Lake by Michael Thoms; and on the perennial lonesome prospector by Megan Davies.

The overarching theme is provided by George Bowering in his classic essay, "Home Away," concerning the search for a home on the West Coast--a new one for settlers and an old one for indigenous peoples.

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Aboriginal Measures for Economic Development
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

This volume explores Indigenous measures of economic development in First Nations Atlantic Canadian communities that are of relevance for First Nations peoples. Many of the challenges faced by these communities and their local, regional and national leaders in advancing economic development relate to experiences of diverse and complex issues — most of which clash with federal policies that increasingly call for centralization, standardization and uniformity. This volume illustrates the key challenges in establishing and maintaining socially responsible economic development that is beneficial for Aboriginal communities.

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The Poetics of Land and Identity Among British Columbia Indigenous Peoples
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

The Poetics of Land and Identity is about the meaning of land for the many diverse First Nations within British Columbia. The work offers a study of the folklore and symbolic traditions within many Aboriginal regions and illustrates how these traditions emphasize the importance of orality and poetics as the defining factor in the value of land. Christine J. Elsey offers a deft, scholarly discussion of these “storyscapes,” providing us with a point of access for understanding First Nations’ perspectives on the world and their land. She provides an important alternative to the monetary, exploitative, resource-driven view of nature and land ownership and highlights the conflicts between the colonial, Western perspective of nature and the holistic view of First Nations people.

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Gordon Winter
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Gordon Winter is an RCMP hero, a life-long champion of First Nations rights, and a bigot. He's challenging the next generation of chiefs to stand up to the federal government when he spews a Nazi-inspired racist and homophobic rant. Suddenly, one of the most revered First Nations leaders is now one of the most reviled human beings in Canada. While most want to consign Winter to the dustbin of history, some are quick to defend a man who did so much good in his life. Questions get asked: how should society respond to such outrageous comments from a prominent and public figure? Is it right to condemn a man based on just one moment of his life? Where did these convictions come from?

The play moves forward in following Winter as he fights the criminal charge of inciting hate. It also moves backwards to show why Queen Elizabeth II pinned a medal of bravery onto his chest in the 70s, and to a critical moment in his childhood when the seeds of hate were planted by a small act of kindness.

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Chaos Inside Thunderstorms
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Chaos Inside Thunderstorms draws the audience into the centre of the tumultuous political, socio/economical and historical reality of the First Nations experience in Canada today. It is poetic expression that examines leadership, resilience, honour, shame, and love. It examines the issues implicit in the Idle No More Movement and the Truth and Reconciliation conferences. Although the book speaks of age-old themes, it explores them through fresh modern eyes. Eloquent and witty, these poems are power-packed with imagery that uncovers the raw politics of race. There is nothing polite about them. Like his two previous collections of poems, Chaos Inside Thunderstorms is candid and challenging. More importantly, it is thought-provoking and engaging.

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The Place of Scraps
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Nisga'a;

The Place of Scraps revolves around Marius Barbeau, an early-twentieth-century ethnographer, who studied many of the First Nations cultures in the Pacific Northwest, including Jordan Abel’s ancestral Nisga’a Nation. Unfortunately, Barbeau’s methods of preserving First Nations cultures included purchasing totem poles and potlatch items from struggling communities in order to sell them to museums. While Barbeau strove to protect First Nations cultures from vanishing, he ended up playing an active role in dismantling the very same cultures he tried to save.

Through the use of erasure techniques, Abel carves out new understandings of Barbeau’s writing – each layer reveals a fresh perspective, each word takes on a different connotation, each letter plays a different role, and each punctuation mark rises to the surface in an unexpected way. As Abel writes his way ever deeper into Barbeau’s words, he begins to understand that he is much more connected to Barbeau than he originally suspected.

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The Cypress Hills: An Island by Itself
Authors:
Walter Hildebrandt
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Métis;

With an abundance of buffalo, other game, and lodge pole pine, the hills, straddling the Alberta/Saskatchewan/United States border, were a natural gathering point for First Nations and Métis peoples. Their presence drew the Hudson Bay Company and American free traders, whiskey traders, and wolfers. The presence of the latter two groups led to a clash of cultures culminating in the 1873 Cypress Hills massacre, an armed ambush of a Nakoda camp by a group of drunken wolfers and whiskey traders, killing men, women, and children. This event brought the Northwest Mounted Police to maintain peace in the west, and led to the creation of Fort Walsh, today a national historic site. And it was to Wood Mountain, just east of the Hills, that Sitting Bull and his followers fled after defeating Lt. Col. Custer in the Battle of Little Big Horn.

History is not static. Building on the success of their earlier work, The Cypress Hills: The Land and its People, authors Walter Hildebrandt and Brian Hubner revisit the hills and bring new and updated material to this book. While portions remain the same as the original book, new information about the Nakoda peoples and the Métis, as well as modern revelations, are added plus 19 additional photographs and images.

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The Great Bear Sea
Authors:
Ian McAllister
Nicholas Read
Artists:
Ian McAllister
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Just below the surface of the Great Bear Sea, a world of mystery exists. Intertidal zones full of colour and exotic-looking life can support thousands of different species of plants and animals.

This new book by Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read explores the intricate relationship between this mysterious underwater ecosystem and the life it supports; mighty great whales, sea lions, dolphins, sea otters, wild salmon, bears, wolves, soaring eagles and so much more.

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Corbeau Visite Victoria
Authors:
Karin Clark
Artists:
Karin Clark
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

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

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This is the French version of Raven Visits Victoria.

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Les Familles des Premieres Nations
Authors:
Karin Clark
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Dans cette histoire, nous visitons la région de Victoria dix enfants des Premières nations et de leurs familles. Ces familles modernes des années 1990 reflète le nombre de types de familles que nous avons maintenant. L'enfant nous introduit à chaque membre de la famille, raconte ce que membre aime faire, et montre dans quel type de logement vit la famille.

[Gr. 2-3]

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Grand-mere, Gardienne de Notre Passe
Authors:
Karin Clark
Artists:
Karin Clark
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

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

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La Technologie des Premieres Nations
Authors:
Karin Clark
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;
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Attendez-Moi!
Authors:
Karin Clark
Artists:
Karin Clark
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

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

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

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This is a SD 61 Indigenous Curriculum Resource.

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Canoe Crossings: Understanding the Craft that Helped Shape British Columbia
Authors:
Sanford Osler
Shelagh Rogers
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

“A comprehensive and well-informed review of canoeing and kayaking in British Columbia.” —BC Studies

Often called one of the Seven Wonders of Canada, the canoe has played a particularly important role in British Columbia. This seemingly simple watercraft allowed coastal First Nations to hunt on the open ocean and early explorers to travel the province’s many waterways. Always at the crossroads of canoe culture, BC today is home to innovative artists and designers who have rediscovered ancient canoe-building techniques, as well as community leaders who see the canoe’s potential to bring people together in exciting, inspiring ways.

The story of Canoe Crossings begins some fifteen thousand years ago, when, as compelling new evidence suggests, the first humans to reach the Americas did so by canoe down the West Coast. It continues through the centuries, chronicling the evolution of the canoe and its impact on the various people who used it to explore, hunt, trade, fight, race, create, and even heal. The book contains dozens of stories of colourful, passionate people who have contributed to the province’s canoe culture, including a teenager who lived ninety feet up in a tree house while designing and building the world’s longest kayak; a group of high school students who practised on a tiny lake and went on to win several World Dragon Boat Championships; and at-risk Aboriginal youth who reconnected with their traditional culture through annual “big canoe” trips.

Canoe Crossings will appeal to anyone who has ever sought adventure, found solace, or seen beauty in a canoe or wondered about the origins of its design and use in British Columbia and beyond.

Reviews
“The canoe is a threshold vessel—a skin, a fabric, and some bark between water and sky. Floating is some kind of miracle, some kind of dream. All canoeists are dreamers to a degree. As you will see in Canoe Crossings, the canoe has always brought diverse groups of people together, both for joy and for common purpose, and it always will." —from the foreword by Shelagh Rogers

 
"Nobody has done a better job of connecting the 'canoe dots' on the Northwest Coast and BC's interior waterways than Sanford Osler. His lifelong interest in canoe travel, canoe design, and canoe personalities enthuses Canoe Crossings with both wisdom and generosity of spirit. His book is a 'j-stroke' in prose." —Michael Robinson, Director, Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

"An important and substantial contribution to canoe literature and to the significance of this watercraft in BC. The blend of history, present-day, and personal accounts is sensitively and fascinatingly presented. A highly informative and captivating read." —Käri-Ann Thor, President, Recreational Canoeing Association of British Columbia
 
"Canoe Crossings is not just about the canoe, but about the many people throughout history to the modern day whose existence and livelihood depend on this noble craft. Sanford Osler brings their passion for paddling to life. If you have ever held a paddle in your hand, you should read this book." —Bob Putnam, Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak

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Robes of Power: Totem Poles on Cloth
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

The button blanket is eye-catching, prestigious and treasured -- one of the most spectacular embellishments to the Indian culture of the Northwest Coast and a unique form of graphic and narrative art. The traditional crest-style robe is the sister of the totem pole and, like the pole, proclaims hereditary rights, obligations and powers. Unlike the pole, about which countless books and papers have been written, the button blanket has had no chroniclers. This is not only the first major publication to focus on button blankets but also the first oral history about them and their place in the culture of the Northwest Coast. Those interviewed include speakers from six of the seven major Northwest Coast Indian groups. Elders, designers, blanket makers, and historians, each has a voice, but all do not conform to any one theory about the ceremonial robe. Rather, the book is a search for the truth about the historical and contemporary role and traditions of the blanket, as those relate to the past and present Indian way of life on the Pacific Northwest Coast.

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Peace Pipe Dreams
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Métis; Inuit; First Nations;

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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Our Food Our Stories: Celebrating our Gifts from the Creator
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Inuit; Métis;

A Nutrition resource for Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities, this unique collection of traditional recipes and customs celebrates our diversity and cultures across Canada. Aboriginal Head Start families from First Nations, Inuit and Métis backgrounds share stories and recipes about Hunting, Fishing and Gathering, that connect us to who we are and where we come from.

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Notre cuisine, nos histoires : Célébrons les dons du Créateur
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Inuit; Métis;

Voici une ressource sur l'alimentation pour les centres du Programme d’aide préscolaire aux Autochtones (PAPA) dans les collectivités urbaines et nordiques. Ce recueil de recettes traditionnelles, d’anecdotes et de photos des centres est aussi un livre d’histoires; il raconte qui nous sommes en tant que Premières Nations, Inuits et Métis au Canada, en décrivant les aliments que nous mangeons.

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Bad Judgment: The Myths of First Nations Equality and Judicial Independence in Canada
Authors:
John Reilly
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Judge John Reilly, now retired, was the youngest judge ever appointed to the Provincial Court of Alberta. For most of his 33 years on the bench he was the circuit judge for the Stoney Indian Reserve at Morley, Alberta.

During his career he became interested in aboriginal justice and saw the failure of the “white” legal system to do justice for aboriginal people, the harm caused to them by Canadian colonialism, and the failure of all levels of government, including tribal government, to alleviate their suffering and deal with the conflicting natures of European-style law and Indigenous tradition and circumstance.

As a result of these realizations, Judge Reilly vowed to improve the delivery of justice to the aboriginal people in his community and used his perceived power as a jurist to make changes to improve the lives of the people in his jurisdiction. Along the way, he came into direct conflict with Canadian judicial administration and various questionable leaders among the echelons of both Canadian and First Nation governments.

John Reilly’s first book, Bad Medicine: A Judge’s Struggle for Justice in a First Nations Community, was a Canadian bestseller that sparked controversy and elicited praise nationwide for his honest portrayal of First Nations tribal corruption. Bad Judgment details Reilly’s battle with the Canadian justice system and the difficulties he faced trying to adapt Eurocentric Canadian law for the benefit of First Nations people across the country.

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Loyal Till Death: Indians and the North-West Rebellion
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Métis;

This startling retelling of the North-West Rebellion explodes the myth of a grand Indian-Métis alliance and delves into the reasons why Indians have been branded as traitors and rebels in both the public imagination and official records.

After the rebellion, twenty-eight reserves were officially identified as disloyal, and more than fifty Indians - including Poundmaker and Big Bear - were convicted of rebellion-related crimes. The most damning event was the mass execution of eight Indian warriors at Fort Battleford in November 1885.

But Indian elders have long told stories about how First Nations remained faithful to their treaty promises during the conflict. Having their own peaceful strategies for dealing with an insensitive federal government, they were not interested in Riel's activities, and any Indian involvement was isolated, sporadic, and minimal. But Ottawa deliberately portrayed the Indians as outlaws to justify increasingly restrictive and repressive measures, an injustice that has left a lasting legacy with First Nations people.

Loyal till Death is the first comprehensive look at the Indian version of the North-West Rebellion. It brings to life many personalities - particularly those of the Indian leaders, whose voices have seldom been heard in conventional histories of the Canadian West. Combining oral history and exhaustive research, and illustrated with more than one hundred archival photographs, the book sheds new light on a greatly misunderstood aspect of our past.

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He Who Flies by Night: The Story of Grey Owl
Authors:
Lori Punshon
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

He Who Flies By Night: The Story of Grey Owl tells the true story of how Englishman Archie Belaney fulfilled his childhood fantasy of living in Canada's North with the First Nations people. He transformed himself into Wa-Sha-Quon-Asin or 'Grey Owl,' living with the animals of the forest and coming to love and respect the beauty and balance of nature. Children will love reading of how he lives with his two beaver friends, Jelly Roll and Rawhide, and how part of their beaver lodge was built right up through the floor of his cabin at Ajawaan Lake, Saskatchewan! Grey Owl became a well-respected conservationist, saving his beloved beavers from extinction.

Grey Owl's vision and quest for conservation is shared throughout this book. The story itself is written in an engaging and colourful manner and beautiful paintings by First Nations artist, Mike Keepness, illustrate Grey Owl's remarkable adventures in northern Saskatchewan and take the reader from dawn to dusk and through the seasons. Children will be intrigued to discover a grey owl in every picture and the paintings themselves, in addition to their clarity of depiction, convey the humour and poignancy of Grey Owl's chosen life in the wild.

Most children are unaware of Grey Owl and the lasting legacy of conservation he inspired. It is our hope that He Who Flies By Night: The Story of Grey Owl will continue to share Grey Owl's wonderful, timeless message of respect for nature and wildlife. Grey Owl, a master storyteller himself, often spoke with children about the importance of our place in the environment, saying, Remember, you belong to Nature, not it to you.

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Massacre Street
Authors:
Paul Zits
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Métis;

Merging poetry and historical records, Zits masterfully (re)creates a poetic view of the Frog Lake Massacre of April 2, 1885. His collage and cut-up techniques challenge the histories penned by the event’s recorders and reflect upon the difficult and painful complexities of past and present. He weaves together voices of Métis and First Nations participants, settlers, and military officials, using tape transcripts, historical accounts, memoirs, and footnotes to create a unique, non-narrative historiography of fragmented poetic language. This innovative work of literary montage digs deep into a historic period that continues to garner scholarly and public interest. Readers interested in poetry and Canadian history will find this an intriguing new collection.

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Nunavut: A Health System Profile
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Inuit;

Based on extensive research including visits to most health centres and facilities in Nunavut, Gregory Marchildon and Renée Torgerson have produced a comprehensive review of healthcare in Canada's newest territory. Nunavut: A Health System Profile provides an in-depth examination of population health and healthcare in the territory. Little more than a decade old, Nunavut has a population that consists of thirty-thousand residents living in twenty-five widely dispersed communities. No roads connect the territory's isolated populations and nearly all supplies and equipment are transported by air. Consequently, health service delivery in Nunavut is the costliest in Canada and its operation encounters challenges more extreme than those faced elsewhere. Marchildon and Torgerson consider the historical and demographic context of healthcare in Nunavut, as well as the finances, governance, infrastructure, workforce, and program provisions that define the system. Due to a high incidence of suicide and the psychological upheaval associated with rapid societal change, the authors call particular attention to the treatment of mental health and addictions. Filling a gap in our understanding of one of Canada's most important and expensive social policies, Nunavut: A Health System Profile provides the first comprehensive review of the health system in Nunavut and the distinct health issues the territory faces.

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The Oil Man and the Sea: Navigating the Northern Gateway
Authors:
Arno Kopecky
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Short-listed for the Governor General's Literary Award and the Banff Mountain Book Award and winner of the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction.

With Enbridge Inc.'s Northern Gateway proposal nearing approval, supertankers loaded with two million barrels of bitumen each may soon join herring, humpbacks and salmon on their annual migration through the tumultuous waters off British Columbia's Central Coast -- a place no oil tanker has been before. The contentious project has aroused intense opposition, pitting local First Nations, a majority of British Columbia's urban population, and environmental groups across the country against an international consortium led by Enbridge and backed by a federal government determined to make Canada an "energy superpower."

Arno Kopecky sails into the controversy aboard a forty-one-foot cutter for a closer look at a legendary region with a knife at its throat. Without any prior sailing experience, Kopecky and his sailing companion -- photographer Ilja Herb -- struggle to keep afloat as they make their way through a volatile labyrinth of fjords, inlets, and evergreen islands known as the Great Bear Rainforest. This amphibious ecosystem is among the last great wildernesses on earth, housing a quarter of the world's temperate rainforest and a thriving ocean environment that together host forty per cent more biomass per hectare than the Amazon. But as Kopecky soon discovers, the politics of Big Oil and First Nations can be every bit as treacherous to navigate as the shifting currents and hidden reefs for which the Northern Gateway tanker route is known.

In this rich evocation of ecology, culture, and history, Kopecky meditates on the line between impartial reportage and environmental activism, ultimately arguing that there are some places oil tankers should never go.

Caution: Includes some profanity and use of marijuana.

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Women's Work, Women's Art: Nineteenth-Century Northern Athapaskan Clothing
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Garments made from tanned animal hides afforded Northern Athapaskans protection against a harsh northern environment, but the striking features of this clothing are also a distinctive part of the traditional culture of the Indigenous peoples of North America's western subarctic. Beautifully decorated with quillwork, fringes, and pigments, they provide a means of artistic expression signifying ethnic identity and conveying information about the physical, social, and spiritual well-being of the wearer. Women's Work, Women's Art, the culmination of over forty years of research, is the first comprehensive study of this little-known aspect of Athapaskan culture. Encompassing all Northern Athapaskan groups, it chronicles a period that saw significant change in Aboriginal culture and the persistence of ancient traditions among the women who made and adorned this clothing. Individual chapters address the various roles and functions of clothing in Athapaskan societies, the technology of clothing production and design, and characteristic regional styles. Bringing together information from the writings of traders, explorers, missionaries, Athapaskan oral traditions, and community interviews with a wealth of visual materials - from rare early sketches to twentieth century photographs - Women's Work, Women's Art is an engaging and definitive study of Athapaskan clothing and culture.

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The Deerholme Foraging Book: Wild Foods and Recipes from the Pacific Northwest
Authors:
Bill Jones
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

The Deerholme Foraging Book is an exploration of the wild foods found in the Pacific Northwest. It is written by award-winning chef and author Bill Jones and features local mushrooms, edible plants, sea vegetables, and shellfish. The book is the product of twenty years of research and professional cooking with foraged foods. It serves as an introduction to the world of wild food and contains identification and sourcing information, harvesting and preparation tips, and more than one hundred delicious recipes featuring many types of wild foods. The recipe list includes techniques for preserving food and covers basic pantry preparations, appetizers, soups, salads, and desserts, as well as meat, seafood, and vegetable dishes. The recipes are global in influence and use simple techniques woven in with expert knowledge to create good, homemade food.

Linking to traditional uses for wild foods and future possibilities for our diet and wellbeing, as well as enhancing our appreciation of the environment around us, The Deerholme Foraging Book also includes an index, a bibliography, full-colour photos of wild foods and dishes, and Jones's own foraging stories.

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First Nations of British Columbia: An Anthropological Overview, Third Edition
Authors:
Robert J Muckle
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

The First Nations of British Columbia, now in its third edition, is a concise and accessible overview of BC's First Nations peoples, cultures, and issues. Robert J. Muckle familiarizes readers with the history, diversity, and complexity of First Nations to provide a context for contemporary concerns and initiatives. This latest edition of the classic work has been fully revised, with new chapters added and previous ones rewritten, arguments reframed in light of current developments, and resources brought right up to date. The First Nations of British Columbia is an indispensable resource for teachers and students and an excellent introduction for anyone interested in BC First Nations.

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First Nations Recipes: A Selection From Coast to Coast
Authors:
Gregory Lepine
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Canada's First Nations peoples based their cuisine on the rich, regionally diverse bounty of the land, sea, lakes and rivers. The recipes in this book feature ingredients at the foundation of Aboriginal culture, such as salmon, venison, bison, fiddleheads, wild rice and berries, and include brief descriptions of their historic relationship with that food.

First Nations cuisine draws on millennia of evolution and deserves a lifetime of study. The recipes here represent a selection of favourites from various cultures across the country. They are inspired by traditional Native cooking, but combine historic and currently available ingredients to reflect a contemporary, modern taste.

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Un saumon pour Simon
Authors:
Betty Waterton
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Translated in 2014

Simon has always longed to catch a salmon. But when his luck suddenly changes and an eagle accidentally drops one into a tidal pool, Simon is torn between sympathy for the fish and the desire to catch something of his own.

All summer long, Simon, a young First Nations boy, has been desperate to catch a salmon. He goes fishing every day, but has no luck. Then one day a high-flying eagle drops a salmon into a clam hole right before his eyes, and Simon must decide whether to take it home or let it go.

This simple story, with its evocative watercolor paintings of the Northwest Coast, was an environmental fable before its time when it was first published in 1978. But its true power rests in the magical combination of text and pictures, which have made it a best-selling classic.

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From the Heart: How 100 Canadians Created an Unconventional Theatre Performance about Reconciliation
Authors:
Will Weigler
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Inuit; Métis;

From the Heart - How 100 Canadians Created an Unconventional Theatre Performance about Reconciliation

Over the summer of 2013, a group of over one hundred community members from 16 to 88 years old took part in an unconventional theatre production in Victoria BC. From the Heart: enter into the journey of reconciliation was performed in a beautiful 14,000 sq. ft. indoor labyrinth made from salvaged doors and windows, trees, and hundreds of metres of fabric, all lit by paper lantern lights. In the alcoves and chambers of the labyrinth, the audience encountered songs, scenes, and shadow theatre performances created by our ensemble of non-Indigenous Canadians to tell the transformative stories that have deepened our understanding about the lived experience of Indigenous peoples in Canada. We created the show to encourage dialogue about what it might mean for non-Indigenous people to take responsibility for learning more about our own history as a first step toward standing in solidarity with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people.

This book tells the story of how the show was developed and what it was like in performance. For those with an interest in reconciliation, From the Heart offers a gripping example of how theatre can contribute to public dialogue in a creative and vital way. Community groups will be able to use the book as a model to create their own unique production of From the Heart based on the pilot project.

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The Group Series #6: Eric
Authors:
Dorene Meyer
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Eric Fenelli, the owner/operator of a high-end escort service, doesn’t see anything wrong with his life choices – until he comes face-to-face with his own mortality and is forced to contemplate his life beyond the grave.

Eric is the sixth book in a series that chronicles the healing journey of seven young people in the fictional community of Rabbit Lake. The sixth step in the healing journey is to “see ourselves as God sees us.”

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Legendes De Vancouver
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

La Mohawk E. Pauline Johnson (1862–1913), poète et personnalité de la scène au tournant du XXe siècle, se lie d’amitié avec Joe Capilano, chef de la tribu des Squamish sur la côte Ouest du Pacifique. En s’entretenant avec le vieil homme, Johnson recueille plusieurs légendes sur des lieux de la région de Vancouver. Elle transcrit ces légendes en anglais et les publie en 1911. L’ouvrage remporte un succès populaire et sera réédité à plusieurs reprises.

Un siècle plus tard paraît enfin la première traduction française des Légendes de Vancouver. Un nouveau public peut à son tour s’émerveiller de l’imaginaire et de la culture des Premières Nations, tout en découvrant le talent littéraire d’une de leurs plus célèbres porte-parole.

E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake), connue en son temps à la fois comme une dame victorienne et une princesse mohawk, demeure l’une des grandes auteures canadiennes.

Cette édition française comporte des photographies d’Anne-Marie Comte qui a revisité certains lieux évoqués par Johnson.

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Bearskin Diary
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

In 2017-2018, Bearskin Diary was the award recipient for First Nation Communities Read.

Raw and honest, Bearskin Diary gives voice to a generation of First Nations women who have always been silenced, at a time when movements like Idle No More call for a national inquiry into the missing and murdered Aboriginal women. Carol Daniels adds an important perspective to the Canadian literary landscape.

Taken from the arms of her mother as soon as she was born, Sandy was only one of over twenty thousand Aboriginal children scooped up by the federal government between the 1960s and 1980s. Sandy was adopted by a Ukrainian family and grew up as the only First Nations child in a town of white people. Ostracized by everyone around her and tired of being different, at the early age of five she tried to scrub the brown off her skin. But she was never sent back into the foster system, and for that she considers herself lucky.

From this tragic period in her personal life and in Canadian history, Sandy does not emerge unscathed, but she emerges strong--finding her way by embracing the First Nations culture that the Sixties Scoop had tried to deny. Those very roots allow Sandy to overcome the discriminations that she suffers every day from her co-workers, from strangers and sometimes even from herself.

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Me Artsy
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

While First Nations cultural practice still honours traditional forms, contemporary indigenous artists have diversified into many areas. The fourteen contributors whose essays make up Me Artsy pursue such varied disciplines as film making, gourmet cuisine, blues piano, fashion design, acting, writing and painting as well as traditional drumming and storytelling. Their concerns include the eternal ones that occupy artists everywhere—how does one get started, where do you find inspiration, how does one make a living. What makes Me Artsy special is that all these concerns are always overlaid with an awareness of First Nations identity.

The essays explore many common themes around the role of art in First Nations communities, including the importance of art for creating social change, the role of art in representing Native culture and the fusion of traditional and contemporary techniques. On a more personal level, the essays describe the significance of art in the lives of the contributors, along with their sometimes unlikely journeys to success, stories that are often touched with humour and humility.

Chef David Wolfman describes grueling years in the kitchens of the exclusive National Club; filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk discusses leaping into his first feature film without knowing how to finance it; and playwright Drew Hayden Taylor tells the story of putting a bullet through his first play and burying it in his yard.

Other contributors include actor/playwright Monique Mojica, painter Marianne Nicolson, fashion designer Kim Picard, painter Maxine Noel, blues pianist Murray Porter, scholar Karyn Recollet, dancer/choreographer Santee Smith, director/actor Rose Stella, traditional drummer Steve Teekens, writer and storyteller Richard Van Camp and manga artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas.

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River of Salmon Peoples
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;
The River of the Salmon People captures what the
Fraser River, and its most valuable resource, the
salmon, means to First Nations communities along
its basin. The result of nine community engagements,
extensive research over two years, and illuminating
photographs and artwork, this book captures the oral
narratives of each community along the river.
The book, while capturing timeless Indigenous stories
and legends about the salmon and the river, is also an
exploration of the future of the salmon and of the waters
of the Fraser River. It will have high appeal to readers
interested in First Nations issues, the sustainability of
the salmon, and the environmental challenges facing
the world today.
The River of the Salmon People is an expression of the
people, culture, ceremony and songs along the Fraser
of will be of deep interest to both the general reader
and students of the environment and Indigenous rights.
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Aboriginality: The Literary Origins of British Columbia, Vol. 2
Authors:
Alan Twigg
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Following the success of First Invaders, Alan Twigg turns his attention to First Nations writers, unearthing more than 300 books by more than 170 mostly unheralded aboriginal authors.

Taking the reader from residential schools to art galleries, this lively and unprecedented panorama of British Columbia includes trailblazer Pauline Johnson, political organizer George Manuel, Haida carver Bill Reid, indigenous rights activist Jeannette Armstrong, pioneering novelist Mourning Dove, actor Chief Dan George, painters George Clutesi and Norval Morrisseau (living in Nanaimo), politician Len Marchand, playwright Marie Clements and Haisla novelist Eden Robinson.

Equally important, Aboriginality sheds new light on fascinating, lesser-known figures such as Chief William Sepass, Howard Adams, Domanic Charlie, Earl Maquinna George, George Hunt, Chief Charlie Nowell, Henry Pennier, Harry Robinson, Gordon Robinson (Eden Robinson's uncle), James Sewid and Michael Nicoll Yagulanaas-to name only a few. Nearly half the author profiles are women, including Marilyn Dumont, Lizette Hall, Heather Harris, Beverly Hungry Wolf, Mary John, Vera Manuel, Lee Maracle, Gloria Nahanee, Daphne Odjig, Bernadette Rosetti, Shirley Sterling, Gloria Cranmer Webster, Ellen White, Annabel Cropped Eared Wolf and Annie Zetco York.

Each author is presented in historical and chronological context, along with background material on aboriginal history, as well as rare photos, illustrations and a comprehensive bibliography.

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Righting Canada's Wrongs: Residential Schools
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Inuit; Métis;

Canada's residential school system for aboriginal young people is now recognized as a grievous historic wrong committed against First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples. This book documents this subject in a format that will give all young people access to this painful part of Canadian history.

In 1857, the Gradual Civilization Act was passed by the Legislature of the Province of Canada with the aim of assimilating First Nations people. In 1879, Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald commissioned the "Report on Industrial Schools for Indians and Half-Breeds." This report led to native residential schools across Canada. First Nations and Inuit children aged seven to fifteen years old were taken from their families, sometimes by force, and sent to residential schools where they were made to abandon their culture. They were dressed in uniforms, their hair was cut, they were forbidden to speak their native language, and they were often subjected to physical and psychological abuse. The schools were run by the churches and funded by the federal government.

About 150,000 aboriginal children went to 130 residential schools across Canada.

The last federally funded residential school closed in 1996 in Saskatchewan. The horrors that many children endured at residential schools did not go away. It took decades for people to speak out, but with the support of the Assembly of First Nations and Inuit organizations, former residential school students took the federal government and the churches to court. Their cases led to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the largest class-action settlement in Canadian history. In 2008, Prime Minister Harper formally apologized to former native residential school students for the atrocities they suffered and the role the government played in setting up the school system. The agreement included the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which has since worked to document this experience and toward reconciliation.

Through historical photographs, documents, and first-person narratives from First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people who survived residential schools, this book offers an account of the injustice of this period in Canadian history. It documents how this official racism was confronted and finally acknowledged.

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The Group Series #7: Keegan
Authors:
Dorene Meyer
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

The last book in "The Group" series is now available!

Keegan is the seventh book in a series that chronicles the healing journey of seven young people in the fictional community of Rabbit Lake.

Keegan Littledeer, the assistant police chief of Rabbit Lake, wonders if the long hours and danger he faces every day as a police officer is taking too much of a toll on his young family.

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The Sixth Street Wetlands Detectives
Authors:
Diane Swanson
Artists:
Stuart Duncan
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

The Sixth Street Wetlands Detectives introduces readers to the wonderful wetlands. It shows how plants and animals interact and adapt themselves to the wetlands. It shows how living things depend on non-living things, such as water, light and soil. The book also presents examples of fossil wetlands life, First Nations' uses of wetlands and the ways people harm-and help-the wetlands. By the end of the book, Amy, Edward and Jill want to help care for the wetlands. They find a way.

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The Kingfisher Camp River Detectives
Authors:
Diane Swanson
Artists:
Judith Rackham
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

The Kingfisher Camp River Detectives shows how plants and animals interact and adapt themselves to the river. It shows how living things depend on non-living things, such as water, light, sand and gravel. Young children will take delight in discovering that;
Black cottonwood trees thrive in damp riverbanks.
Belted kingfishers dive into rivers after fish.
Quartz in river sandstone is harder than a knife blade.
Bears beat paths to waterfalls to catch salmon.
The book also presents examples of river fossils, First Nations' uses of river life and the ways people harm and help the river.

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The Central School Seashore Detectives
Authors:
Diane Swanson
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

The Central School Seashore Detective introduces readers to the super seashores of British Columbia and the Pacific-Northwest. It shows how plants and animals interact and adapt themselves to the seashore. It shows how living things depend on non-living things, such as water, light and soil. The book also presents examples of fossil seashore life, First Nations uses of forests and the ways people harm-and help-the seashore. By the end of the book, Jay, Lisa, Adam and Fran want to help care for the seashore. They find a way

Each text includes:
• an examination of the diversity of plants and animals
• how plants and animals have adapted themselves to their environment
• how plants and animals interact with each other
• an examination of the life cycles of specific plants and animals
• a comparison of fossils with plants and animals
• a look at the causes and effects of extinction and endangerment of plants and animals
• information about First Nations’ use of plants and animals in each ecosystem
• glossary and index

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From the Barren Lands: Fur Trade, First Nations and a Life in Northern Canada
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

This is a story about the fur trade and First Nations, and the development of northern Canada, seen and experienced not only through Leonard Flett's eyes, but also through the eyes of his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.The lives of indigenous people in remote areas of northern Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan in the 1960s and 1970s are examined in detail. Flett's successful career with both the Hudson's Bay Company and the North West Company provides an insight into the dying days of the fur trade and the rise of a new retail business tailored to First Nations.

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Living Language and Dead Reckoning: Navigating Oral and Written Traditions
Authors:
J. Edward Chamberlin
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

In this highly personal essay, Ted Chamberlin asks some old, old questions such as "why do we need stories and songs?" Turning frequently to First Nations people, he looks at their culture and asks what it means to listen. In response, he notes that we take great pleasure in the comforts of narration, of finding our way within a story, a kind of "dead reckoning" out at sea when the fog rolls in and we experience "being almost lost."

Much of the essay focuses on people from around the world who have often been described as pre-literate. Chamberlin takes issue with this view and argues that such people "read" a whole host of signs and stories, and that in understanding how this reading takes place we can understand something of our own habits of reading and listening. Whereas scholars such as McLuhan and Ong have claimed that such cultures are "imprisoned in the present," Chamberlin points out that this is demonstrable nonsense. All cultures are both oral and written, he argues, and knowledge comes from both listening and reading.

Employing his own position as a "teller of tales" he asks whether we believe the teller or the tale, and draws attention to the importance of not only the storyteller but also the community of listeners. For Chamberlin, Living Language and Dead Reckoning, the publication of the Garnett Sedgewick annual lecture for 2005 at the University of British Columbia, is the first step towards a "history of listening."

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Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Inuit; Métis;

In Indigenous Writes, Chelsea Vowel initiates myriad conversations about the relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canada. An advocate for Indigenous worldviews, the author discusses the fundamental issues—the terminology of relationships; culture and identity; myth-busting; state violence; and land, learning, law and treaties—along with wider social beliefs about these issues. She answers the questions that many people have on these topics to spark further conversations at home, in the classroom, and in the larger community.

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Colour & Draw: Northwest Coast Native Formline
Format: Paperback

Native Elements - Colour & Draw: Northwest Coast Native Formline Colouring Book

Explore the traditional design styles of the Pacific Northwest with the Native Elements Colour & Draw: Native Northwest Coast Formline Colouring Book. This book features 32 pages of colouring space and blank sketching space.

Join in as artists from the Pacific Northwest use Indigenous formline techniques to create authentic interpretations of Pacific Northwest animals. Each artist uses their own style of authentic Northwest Coast formline to create various interpretations of the animals presented on each page.

Features:

  • Features the artwork of over 10 indigenous artists.
  • Includes both colouring pages and blank sketching pages.
  • Printed in Canada using non-toxic, vegetable-based ink, and water-based coating.
  • 32 pages; measures 8.5" x 11".
  • One page at the beginning of the book with words and insights from the artists about Indigenous art and formline.

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This is a colouring book for adults and young adults; however, intermediate and secondary students would still enjoy colouring in the animal drawings and creating their own drawings on the blank pages provided!

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Take Us To Your Chief
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

A forgotten Haudenosaunee social song beams into the cosmos like a homing beacon for interstellar visitors. A computer learns to feel sadness and grief from the history of atrocities committed against First Nations. A young Native man discovers the secret to time travel in ancient petroglyphs. Drawing inspiration from science fiction legends like Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury, Drew Hayden Taylor frames classic science-fiction tropes in an Aboriginal perspective.

The nine stories in this collection span all traditional topics of science fiction--from peaceful aliens to hostile invaders; from space travel to time travel; from government conspiracies to connections across generations. Yet Taylor's First Nations perspective draws fresh parallels, likening the cultural implications of alien contact to those of the arrival of Europeans in the Americas, or highlighting the impossibility of remaining a "good Native" in such an unnatural situation as a space mission.

Infused with Native stories and variously mysterious, magical and humorous, Take Us to Your Chief is the perfect mesh of nostalgically 1950s-esque science fiction with modern First Nations discourse.

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Price Paid
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Untangles some of the truths and myths about First Nations and addresses misconceptions still widely believed today.
Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival untangles truth from some of the myths about First Nations at the same time that it addresses misconceptions still widely believed today.

The second book by award-winning author Bev Sellars, Price Paid is based on a popular presentation Sellars created for treaty-makers, politicians, policymakers, and educators when she discovered they did not know the historic reasons they were at the table negotiating First Nations rights.

The book begins with glimpses of foods, medicines, and cultural practices North America's indigenous peoples have contributed for worldwide benefit. It documents the dark period of regulation by racist laws during the twentieth century, and then discusses new emergence in the twenty-first century into a re-establishment of Indigenous land and resource rights. The result is a candidly told personal take on the history of a culture's fight for their rights and survival. It is Canadian history told from a First Nations point of view.

Awards and recognition for Bev Sellars's They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School
- 2014 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature
- 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Literature (third prize)
- Shortlisted for the 2014 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize (B.C. Book Prizes)
- More than 40 weeks on the B.C. bestsellers list

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Fire Starters
Artists:
Scott B. Henderson
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Looking for a little mischief after finding an old flare gun, Ron and Ben suddenly find themselves in trouble when the local gas bar on Agamiing Reserve goes up in flames, and they are wrongly accused of arson by the sheriff’s son. As the investigation goes forward, community attitudes are revealed, and the truth slowly comes to light.

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"Storm's story is a very thoughtful look at the two systems of justice. The Native boys in the White system, being interrogated is a stark contrast to what the White boy experiences in the Native system of justice. It points to the path Storm is looking for: how a community can heal, rather than how it could punish and inflict more harm on people... I recommend Jen Storm's Fire Starters. There's a lot to study, think about, and of course, talk about." -- Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children's Literature

"Fire Starters reminds readers of the many perspectives involved in reconciliation. The story moves beyond Ron and Ben’s experiences as aboriginal teens poorly treated by a white community to include the experiences of law enforcement officers, family members, and even the arsonists themselves. Complementing the fast-paced plot, Henderson’s artwork is drawn from a wide variety of perspectives, and Yaciuk’s moody colours suit the rising tension experienced by all characters. A cautionary tale about the consequences of prejudice and racism, Fire Starters is a valuable addition to conversations about the importance of reconciliation and the power of the truth." -- Roseanne Gauthier, National Reading Campaign 

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Recommended Grades: 6-9

Fire Starters is one book in The Debwe Series.  This series features exceptional Indigenous writing from across Canada.

 
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56 pages | 6.00" x 10.00" | Graphic Novel
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The Native Voice: The Story of How Maisie Hurley and Canada's First Aboriginal Newspaper Changed a Nation
Authors:
Eric Jamieson
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

In 1945, Alfred Adams, a respected Haida elder and founding president of the Native Brotherhood of British Columbia (NBBC), was dying of cancer. After decades of fighting to increase the rights and recognition of First Nations people, he implored Maisie Hurley to help his people by telling others about their struggle. Hurley took his request to both heart and mind, and with $150 of her own money, started a small newspaper that would become a powerful catalyst for change: THE NATIVE VOICE.At that time, the Welsh-born Hurley had been an advocate for First Nations clients in court. She did not have a law degree, but was graced with the courage and confidence to challenge all who stood in her way. When defending a First Nations woman accused of stealing a hotel clerk's wallet, she seared the hapless plaintiff with such a withering cross examination that his off-colour rejoinder earned him a night in jail for contempt after he refused to pay the fine. After Hurley launched THE NATIVE VOICE, it became the official newspaper of the NBBC, one of the largest democratic First Nations organizations in the country, but she continued to serve on the editorial board as publisher and director for many years without remuneration.

At a time when telecommunication was expensive and often inaccessible in Aboriginal communities, THE NATIVE VOICE reported relevant news and stories of everyday life to First Nations throughout the province, including hard-won rights such as the right to vote provincially (1949) and federally (1960). As the official publication of the NBBC, the VOICE chronicled both the realities of Aboriginal life and a vision for the future, enabling and inspiring overdue change in Canada. Maisie Hurley's dedication to improving the lives of those she referred to as my people" was honoured through several First Nations naming ceremonies by people of the Skeena, Squamish/North Vancouver and Comox areas.

The story of the NBBC, THE NATIVE VOICE and Maisie Hurley offer an inspiring testament to the power of cooperation and vision to create powerful change."

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Learn From the Animals of the Salish Sea: Coast Salish Native Art Colouring and Learning Book
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Native Explore - Learn from the Animals of the Salish Sea Colouring Book

Colour along as you learn about the significance of animals to the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest.

This book takes a focus on the creatures that inhabit the area known as the Salish Sea in coastal British Columbia, gathering them together in a colouring book format of medium difficulty.

Features:

  • Features the artwork and insights of over 20 indigenous artists.
  • Includes fun animal facts.
  • Printed in Canada using non-toxic, vegetable-based ink, and water-based coating.
  • 24 pages; measures 8.5" x 11".
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Hawk
Authors:
Jennifer Dance
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

When a First Nations teen rescues a fish-hawk from a tailings pond in Alberta‘s oil sands, he has no idea that soon they will both be fighting for their lives.

As a cross-country runner, Adam aims to win gold in the upcoming provincial championship. But when he is diagnosed with leukemia, he finds himself in a different race, one that he can’t afford to lose. He reclaims the name Hawk, given to him by his grandfather, and begins to fight, for his life and for the land of his ancestors and the creatures that inhabit it. With a little help from his grandfather and his friends, he might just succeed.

Reviews
"The tapestry Jennifer has woven is a brilliant representation of the ongoing tragedy in Northern Alberta today. It’s a story that young people need to hear, and it gives me hope!" — Dr. John O'Connor

"With its soaring writing and readable plot, Jennifer Dance’s Hawk breathes new life into an important subject for middle grade readers. Hawk simultaneously dazzles and educates. Topical and hard to put down, this is a great choice for young Canadian readers." — Melissa Bell, Librarian, Richmond Hill Public Library

"Because Hawk takes place in the here-and-now, in a Canadian setting that has been in the news, it will have a strong impact and possibly stir readers to some type of action. Jennifer Dance is to be congratulated on this courageous, radical novel." — Canadian Materials Magazine

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264 pages | 5.00" x 8.00"

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An Indian Remembers: My Life as a Trapper in Northern Manitoba
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Step back in time with this story of Tom Boulanger, told in his own words, about his life in Northern Manitoba. A story of hardships and pleasures, a story not only about Tom, but about his family and the community around him.

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Warren Whistles at the Sky
Artists:
Amber Green
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

The first book in the Under a Blanket of Stars: First Nations Constellations series, Warren Whistles at the Sky is about a young boy who remembers a story an Elder told him about the northern lights. But are they really spirits dancing? And will they come down and take him away if he whistles at them?

The sky is our oldest picture book, and people have been telling stories about it since the beginning of time. In this series you’ll journey with Warren as he remembers First Nations legends about the northern lights and constellations. This collection is sure to delight any curious stargazer’s imagination.

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Blackflies
Authors:
Robert N. Munsch
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Helen loves springtime - except for the gazillions of blackflies and mosquitoes. But she has a plan. . .

One day Helen wakes up and it's SPRING! The snow has melted and the sun is shining. But Helen knows that the blackflies will be coming out soon. So she does what any smart kid would do: she sends her little sister outdoors to check! When the blackflies and mosquitoes carry her away, Helen tells her dad, who rushes outside and is carried away himself. Now Helen needs to rescue BOTH of them, along with a wolf and a very clever bear. . .

Reviews
Munsch "uses a narrative shared with him by a First Nations family he met in Fort McMurray in 1996, and utilizes illustrations by First Nations artist Jay Odjick to help tell the story." - Andrea Smith, Windspeaker.com

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Robert Munsch met Helen in Fort McMurray, where there are a lot of blackflies in the spring! Jay Odjick, an Algonquin artist, drew from his childhood experiences in illustrating this book: as a kid, he spent many hours indoors learning to draw as he hid from the blackflies and mosquitoes! Jay incorporated some First Nations decor and visuals to Helen's house and in his illustrations of her dad. Also fuzzy moose slippers, which he would love to own a pair of!

Recommended Ages: 3-8

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32 pages | 8.01" x 9.95"

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The Sharing Circle (Larsen-Jonasson)
Artists:
Jessika Von Innerebner
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

When two red foxes have an argument which breaks apart their community, a gentle buffalo decides to take a braid of sweetgrass to a local elder and asks her to help with a sharing circle for all the animals.

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Letters to My Grandchildren
Authors:
David Suzuki
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

In his most important book since The Sacred Balance and his most personal ever, revered activist and thinker David Suzuki draws on the experiences and wisdom he has gained over his long life and offers advice, stories, and inspiration to his six grandchildren.


In these inspiring letters to his grandchildren, David Suzuki speaks personally and passionately about their future. He also explains why sports, fishing, feminism, and failure are important; why it is dangerous to deny our biological nature; and why First Nations must lead a revolution. He even has something to say about fashion.


His letters are also chockfull of stories about his own childhood and anecdotes about his children and grandchildren when they were small, providing an intimate look at Suzuki's life as a father and grandfather. Most of all, as he ponders life's deepest questions and offers up a lifetime of wisdom, Suzuki inspires us all to live with courage, conviction, and passion.

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Case Critical: Social Services and Social Justice in Canada
Authors:
Ben Carniol
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Incorporating the critical perspectives, emphasis on diversity, and pointed suggestions for change that made the previous editions into bestsellers, Ben Carniol pulls together today’s most pertinent research, critical analysis, and practice examples and presents them in this accessible and useful sixth edition of Case Critical.

In the context of the current economic and political climate, this new edition discusses First Nations issues, the increasing corporatization of service, and the explicit link between social work practice and social movements. Carniol questions illegitimate privilege created by colonialism, racism, patriarchal capitalism, heterosexism, ableism and ageism; posing many key questions. Such as, why, as social work education develops progressive approaches, are so many social services deteriorating? How can social workers become allies with diverse groups of people? And, why do progressives persist in their work?

Carniol, a long-time social work educator and social justice activist, offers his own analysis of social work in Canada today in this provocative and ultimately hopeful sixth edition.

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Nathan
Authors:
Susan Ouriou
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

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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Indian Fishing: Early Methods on the Northwest Coast, 40th Anniversary Edition
Authors:
Hilary Stewart
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Of the many resources available to the First Nations of the Northwest Coast, the most vital was fish. The people devised ingenious ways of catching the different species of fish, creating a technology vastly different from that of today’s industrial world. With attention to clarity and detail, Hilary Stewart illustrates their hooks, lines, sinkers, lures, floats, clubs, spears, harpoons, nets, traps, rakes and gaffs, showing how these were made and used in over 450 remastered drawings and 75 photographs. With material gathered from museum archives, fish camps and coastal village elders, the scope of this classic volume covers everything from how the catch was butchered, cooked, rendered and preserved to the attributes of fish designs on household and ceremonial objects—images that tell of fishing’s importance to the whole culture. The spiritual aspects of fishing are also described—prayers and ceremonies in gratitude and honour to the fish, as well as customs and taboos indicating the people’s respect for this life-giving resource.

An incredibly varied and highly refined assemblage of tools, techniques and knowledge, the culmination of thousands of years of evolutionary development, Indian Fishing is more than a bare account of the technology of fishing; it is about fish and fishing in the total lives of the Northwest Coast people. A classic, thoroughly researched and informative text, it examines fishing techniques of a people who have lived on the coast for over 9,000 years to reveal their complex and rich culture.

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Recommended for Grades 3-12 for the following subject areas: Arts Education, Science, Social Studies.  Also a useful Teacher Resource.

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182 pages | 10.00" x 9.00"

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Truth and Reconciliation in Canadian Schools
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Inuit; Métis;

In this book, author Pamela Toulouse provides current information, personal insights, authentic resources, interactive strategies and lesson plans that support Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners in the classroom. This book is for all teachers that are looking for ways to respectfully infuse residential school history, treaty education, Indigenous contributions, First Nation/Métis/Inuit perspectives and sacred circle teachings into their subjects and courses. The author presents a culturally relevant and holistic approach that facilitates relationship building and promotes ways to engage in reconciliation activities.

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Some Useful Wild Plants: A Foraging Guide to Food and Medicine From Nature
Authors:
Dan Jason
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

With over forty years since its original printing, and over 30,000 copies sold, this bestselling guide still remains a trusted and much-consulted reference for those interested in identifying, foraging and growing wild plants for food and medicine. Now Some Useful Wild Plants is back in print for a new generation of foragers and herbalists.

Some Useful Wild Plants contains sections on useful herbs, trees, berries and seaweeds, as well as commentary on avoiding poisonous species. Pick the young tender leaves of orach, salsify and miner's lettuce for a delicious and vitamin-rich spring salad or stir-fry. Concoct a cherry bark and licorice fern syrup to soothe a sore throat. Repel insects naturally using sage oil or vanilla leaf. From alder to yarrow, each featured plant has useful descriptors for identification and details on how to harvest, as well as how the plant is traditionally used for medicine by First Nations, pioneers and contemporary herbalists. Clear line drawings are provided to assist foragers in accurate identification. Directions are included for the preparation of ointments, salves, poultices, compresses and tinctures.

Dan Jason also addresses sustainability when foraging to ensure that harvesting supports the continuous growth of the plant and the natural environment.

Reviews
Great for both foragers and growers, the book draws from many sources, including the rich traditions of First Nations healers and Doukhobor wildcrafters, to identify the properties and uses of a wide range of plant life.... For those who feel skeptical about corporate farming and modern society’s mediated relationship with nature, this guide is a breath of fresh air. — Publishers Weekly

Occasional black-and-white illustrations enhance this venerable and practical guide sustainable foraging. From edible wild plants, to natural remedies for common ailments, to poisonous plants that should be meticulously avoided, Some Useful Wild Plants is reader-friendly, practical-minded, and highly recommended. — Midwest Book Review

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186 pages | 5.00" x 7.00" | Line drawings | Revised edition

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

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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116 pages | 8.50" x 11.00"

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Colouring Our Drums: Northwest Coast First Nations & Native Art Colouring Book
Format: Paperback

Native Elements - Colouring Our Drums: Northwest Coast First Nations and Art

We are all born to the beat of a drum, it is within us. Our drum beat is what leads us to find our own path through our journey in life. - Doug Horne, Coast Salish

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Features 32 pages of original drum drawings from Northwest Coast Indigenous artists.  One page at the beginning of the book includes words and insights from the artists about drums.

Printed in Canada using non-toxic, vegetable based ink, and water based coating.

32 pages; measures 8.5" x 11".

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This is a colouring book for adults and young adults; however, intermediate and secondary students would still enjoy colouring in the intricate drum drawings.

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Spirit Bear and Children Make History: Based on a True Story
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

"Hello! My name is Sus Zul in the Carrier language. In English, people call me Spirit Bear. I am a proud member of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council. I am on my way to Ottawa, Ontario, to witness a very important human rights case. Would you join me on this journey?"

When Spirit Bear's mom tells him about an important human rights case happening in Ottawa, Ontario, he makes the LONG trip (by train, his favourite way to travel) to go and watch, and to stand up for First Nations kids.

And he isn't the only one! Lots of children come too — to listen, and to show they care. Spirit Bear knows that children can change the world because he's there to see it happen.

This is the story of how kids — kids just like you — made a difference ... with a bit of help from some bears and other animals along the way!"

Educator Information
Spirit Bear and Children Make History tells the story of a landmark human rights case for First Nations children at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Nine years after the case was filed, the Tribunal ruled that the government of Canada was racially discriminating against 165,000 First Nations children by underfunding child welfare and failing to provide equitable public services. The book contributes to the Indigenization of curriculum by centering the agency, histories and realities of First Nations children and communities. The story supports an Indigenous pedagogical approach by encouraging critical and independent thought. In keeping with Indigenous pedagogy, Spirit Bear teaches readers about Indigenous worldviews and values not through direct instruction, but through the modelling of ethical and respectful behaviour and action.

Spirit Bear and Children Make History addresses a gap in reconciliation education. There are few Canadian books for children linking reconciliation with social justice. Meaningful reconciliation in Canada requires the active engagement of children and youth. It also requires a critical and social justice approach that links the residential school system to contemporary inequities and discrimination. Educating children and families about contemporary inequities creates a foundation for change and challenges the myth that colonialism is a thing of the past.

Spirit Bear and Children Make History was written to engage a younger audience in learning about the child welfare case, and to demonstrate and affirm the powerful role of young people in the reconciliation movement. Inspired by the voices of children, and in keeping with to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action, the story highlights the power of people of all ages and backgrounds to make a difference for First Nations children and families.

Recommended Grades: K-6

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54 pages | 8.25" x 8.25"

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Spirit Bear et les enfants passent à l’histoire: Basé sur une histoire vraie
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Lorsque la mère de Spirit Bear lui explique cette importante cause en matière de droits de la personne qui se déroule à Ottawa en Ontario, il fait le LONG voyage (en train, son mode de transport favori) pour assister aux audiences et supporter les enfants des Premières Nations.

Et il n’est pas le seul ! De nombreux enfants viennent aussi pour écouter et démontrer leur appui. Spirit Bear sait que les enfants peuvent changer le monde parce qu’il est là pour le constater.
C’est l’histoire de la façon dont les enfants, des enfants comme vous, pouvez faire la différence...avec un peu d’aide d’autres oursons et d’autres animaux!

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Spirit Bear and Children Make History tells the story of a landmark human rights case for First Nations children at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Nine years after the case was filed, the Tribunal ruled that the government of Canada was racially discriminating against 165,000 First Nations children by underfunding child welfare and failing to provide equitable public services. The book contributes to the Indigenization of curriculum by centering the agency, histories and realities of First Nations children and communities. The story supports an Indigenous pedagogical approach by encouraging critical and independent thought. In keeping with Indigenous pedagogy, Spirit Bear teaches readers about Indigenous worldviews and values not through direct instruction, but through the modelling of ethical and respectful behaviour and action.

Spirit Bear and Children Make History addresses a gap in reconciliation education. There are few Canadian books for children linking reconciliation with social justice. Meaningful reconciliation in Canada requires the active engagement of children and youth. It also requires a critical and social justice approach that links the residential school system to contemporary inequities and discrimination. Educating children and families about contemporary inequities creates a foundation for change and challenges the myth that colonialism is a thing of the past.

Spirit Bear and Children Make History was written to engage a younger audience in learning about the child welfare case, and to demonstrate and affirm the powerful role of young people in the reconciliation movement. Inspired by the voices of children, and in keeping with to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action, the story highlights the power of people of all ages and backgrounds to make a difference for First Nations children and families.

Recommended Grades: K-6

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54 pages | 8.25" x 8.25"

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Le Cercle de Partage
Artists:
Jessika Von Innerebner
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Quand deux renardes rousses ont une dispute qui divise leur communauté, une gentille bisonne apporte une tresse d’herbe sacrée à une sage locale et lui demande de les aider en présidant un Cercle de Partage avec tous les animaux.

When two red foxes have an argument which breaks apart their community, a gentle buffalo decides to take a braid of sweetgrass to a local elder and asks her to help with a sharing circle for all the animals.

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38 pages | 8.50" x 11.00"

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Seven Sacred Truths
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Seven Sacred Truths explores the perspective of an Indigenous Woman on a continuous journey of healing from trauma.

Seven Sacred Truths presents a powerful exploration of an Indigenous woman's healing journey. Seeing the world through "brown" eyes, poet Wanda John-Kehewin makes new meaning of the past, present, and future through a consideration of Love, Wisdom, Truth, Honesty, Respect, Humility, and Courage. By sharing her views on these Seven Sacred Truths and what they meant to her growing up, John-Kehewin instigates a therapeutic process of restoration and transformation. Her Seven Sacred Truths uncovers new meaning in the written word - meaning that can be shared with others who have lived trauma or who want insight into it. John-Kehewin strives to create a safe space and provide the opportunity to experience another perspective; she invites readers to embark on their own healing journeys. The closer you are to the truth, she writes, the freer you become.

Wanda John-Kehewin uses writing as a therapeutic medium to understand and respond to the near-decimation of First Nations cultures and traditions.

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120 pages | 5.50" x 8.50"

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Out of the Woods: Woodworkers along the Salish Sea
Authors:
Pirjo Raits
Artists:
Michele Ramberg
Dale Roth
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

A breathtaking art book profiling twenty-six wood carvers, sculptors, and artisans who draw inspiration from the natural beauty of the Salish Sea.

It could be a pile of driftwood on a rock-strewn beach resembling the bleached bones of some ancient creature. It could be the old growth of the lush coastal rain forests, or the winds that blow across the water like a life-affirming force. The Salish Sea inspires artists working in many mediums, but there is no greater representation of the symbiotic relationship between natural environment and creative energy than woodworking.

Out of the Woods profiles twenty-six dynamic artists who use wood to create an amazing range of work. Among them is Pheobe Dunbar, a carver who searches for hidden treasures among logging waste to create one-of-a-kind bowls and vessels. Charles Elliott, a member of the T’sartlip First Nation, is a world-renowned carver and tireless advocate for Coast Salish art. Mike Randall is a west coast modernist who creates furniture and lighting that is minimal in size but large on impact. Carey Newman, Kwakwaka’wakw master carver, mentored by the late Bill Reid, takes a contemporary yet traditional approach to his work.

Although they have diverse backgrounds and practices, these woodworkers place importance on sustainability, preservation of wild places, and respect for natural materials. Featuring exquisite photography of the artists in their studios, and full-colour images of their works, Out of the Woods is a stunning display of skill, creativity, and the depth of artistic talent along the Salish Sea.

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224 pages | 11.00" x 8.50"

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Coyote and Raven Go Canoeing: Coming Home to the Village
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

A lyrical, epic narrative about Aboriginal knowledge and education.

we are narrators narratives voices interlocutors of our own knowings 
we can determine for ourselves what our educational needs are 
before the coming of churches residential schools prisons 
before we knew how we knew we knew

In a gesture toward traditional First Nations orality, Peter Cole blends poetic and dramatic voices with storytelling. A conversation between two tricksters, Coyote and Raven, and the colonized and the colonizers, his narrative takes the form of a canoe journey. Cole draws on traditional Aboriginal knowledge to move away from the western genres that have long contained, shaped, and determined ab/originality. Written in free verse, Coyote and Raven Go Canoeing is meant to be read aloud and breaks new ground by making orality the foundation of its scholarship.

Cole moves beyond the rhetoric and presumption of white academic (de/re)colonizers to aboriginal spaces recreated by aboriginal peoples. Rather than employing the traditional western practice of gathering information about exoticized other, demonized other, contained other, Coyote and Raven Go Canoeing is a celebration of aboriginal thought, spirituality, and practice, a sharing of lived experience as First Peoples.

Reviews

"One of the clearest and most thorough pictures of an aboriginal view of the consequences of colonization that I have ever read."— Olive Dickason, emeritus, York University
"In the tradition of Gayatri Spivak, Homi Bhabha, Edward Said, Trinh Min-Ha, and other radically original intellectuals, Cole risks a new language to talk about the unthinkable."— Mary Bryson, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, University of British Columbia

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352 pages | 7.00" x 9.50"

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

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.

Educator Information
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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Talking to the Diaspora
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

In a career that has spanned more than a quarter century, Lee Maracle has earned the reputation as one of Canada's most ardent and celebrated writers. Talking to the Diaspora, Maracle's second book of poetry, is at once personal and profound. From the revolutionary "Where Is that Odd Dandelion-Looking-Flower" to the tender poem "Salmon Dance," from the biting "Language" to the elegiac "Boy in the Archives," these poems embody the fearless passion and spirited wit for which Lee Maracle is beloved and revered.

Reviews
"Lee Maracle is one of our greatest gifts. Always smart, smooth and full of sly smiles, Maracle's latest, Talking to the Diaspora is a beautiful collection of thoughtful, rhythmic gems. Poetry is so lucky to have her back again.—Katherena Vermette, Governor General Award winning author of North End Love Songs

"The book’s unconventional and striking design, which alternates between black text on white and white text on a black background, lets us know that Talking to the Diaspora is not like other collections of poetry. The unnumbered pages contain full-page images of textured stone surfaces and grassland that serve as a reminder of the transitory nature of our words and songs... Talking to the Diaspora is a full, varied and energetic collection that ranges over a lifetime's worth of experience and engagement with the world. Here, Lee Maracle generously gives us a vision of the holistic, complex and fluid relationships between her peoples' history, their traumas, memories, bodies, songs, spirits, dreams and lives. Talking to the Diaspora is a rallying cry from a poet who draws from a "from a pool of ancient meaning" to lead us to regeneration and renewal...these poems are not meant merely to be read, but also to be lived.—Phoebe Wang, The Winnipeg Review

Educator Information
This book is recommended for students in grades 10-12 and those at a college/university level for courses in creative writing, English, poetry, and English language arts.

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120 pages | 5.00" x 9.00"

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Vilains maringouins!
Authors:
Robert N. Munsch
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Le printemps est une saison merveilleuse, si ce n'est l'arrivée de milliards de mouches noires et de maringouins. Mais Hélène a une solution.

One day Helen wakes up and it's SPRING! The snow has melted and the sun is shining. But Helen knows that the blackflies will be coming out soon. So she does what any smart kid would do: she sends her little sister outdoors to check! When the blackflies and mosquitoes carry her away, Helen tells her dad, who rushes outside and is carried away himself. Now Helen needs to rescue BOTH of them, along with a wolf and a very clever bear...

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The English title of this book is Blackflies.

Recommended Ages: 3-8.

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32 pages | 8.02" x 9.98"

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Jonny Appleseed
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

A tour-de-force debut novel about a Two-Spirit Indigiqueer young man and proud NDN glitter princess who must reckon with his past when he returns home to his reserve.

"You're gonna need a rock and a whole lotta medicine" is a mantra that Jonny Appleseed, a young Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer, repeats to himself in this vivid and utterly compelling debut novel by poet Joshua Whitehead.

Off the reserve and trying to find ways to live and love in the big city, Jonny becomes a cybersex worker who fetishizes himself in order to make a living. Self-ordained as an NDN glitter princess, Jonny has one week before he must return to the "rez"--and his former life--to attend the funeral of his stepfather. The seven days that follow are like a fevered dream: stories of love, trauma, sex, kinship, ambition, and the heartbreaking recollection of his beloved kokum (grandmother). Jonny's life is a series of breakages, appendages, and linkages--and as he goes through the motions of preparing to return home, he learns how to put together the pieces of his life.

Jonny Appleseed is a unique, shattering vision of First Nations life, full of grit, glitter, and dreams.

Reviews
"If we're lucky, we'll find one or two books in a lifetime that change the language of story, that manage to illuminate new curves in the flat vessels of old letters and words. This is one of those books. Jonny Appleseed gifts us with clarity in the shape of sharp, and medicine in the guise of soft -- and a sexy, powerful, broken, beautiful hero who has enough capacity in the dent of a clavicle to hold all the tears of his family. This book gives us back the land of curb and field, trailer and ledge, and the community -- in all its rusted and complicated glory. Most importantly, this book gifts us with the opportunity to hear the innovative and the ancient in the prose of a new literary goddess, Joshua Whitehead." ―Cherie Dimaline, author of The Marrow Thieves

"Joshua Whitehead redefines what queer Indigenous writing can be in his powerful debut novel. Jonny Appleseed transcends genres of writing to blend the sacred and the sexual into a vital expression of Indigenous desire and love. Reading it is a coming home to bodies, stories, and experiences of queer Indigenous life that has never been so richly and honestly shown before. This book is an honour song to every queer NDN body who has ever lived and it will transform the universe with its beauty and magic." ―Gwen Benaway, author of Passage

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Caution: graphic/mature content such as sexual descriptions.

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

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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Calling Down the Sky
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Métis; Inuit; First Nations;

Calling Down the Sky is a poetry collection that describes deep personal experiences and post generational effects of the Canadian Aboriginal Residential School confinements in the 1950's when thousands of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children were placed in these schools against their parents' wishes. Many were forbidden to speak their language and practice their own culture. The author portrays how the ongoing impact of the residential schools problem has been felt throughout generations and has contributed to social problems that continue to exist today.

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“Rosanna Deerchild’s poems roll off the tongue as easy as old country songs. With her deft hand, Deerchild finely tunes every word and weaves them together as intimately as she braids her girls’ hair. Together, these poems create a story that sings with beautiful tension, amazing resilience, and love as big as the sky." - Katherena Vermette, Metis Writer

"The poetry collection, called calling down the sky, describes personal experiences with the residential school system in the 1950s and the generational effects it had." - CBC 

"This poetry collection is fierce, raw and candid. It is also visceral, intricate and, above all, illuminating. By recounting her mother’s residential school experience in a powerfully poetic narrative, Deerchild expertly illustrates the heartbreaking trauma of that tragic saga and how it complicates relationships over generations. By beautifully and elaborately exploring those relationships and that devastating history, she finds and celebrates the resilient and hopeful spirit that many residential school survivors, like her mother, have managed to retain in the face of horror and torment. As a result, calling down the sky is an essential read in understanding the true modern history of this land and in honouring the people who survived it.” - Waubgeshig Rice

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96 pages | 5.50" x 8.50"

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Hiraeth
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Métis;

Hiraeth is about women supporting and lending strength and clarity to other women so they know that moving forward is always possible-- and always necessary. It documents a journey of struggle that pertains to a dark point in Canadian history that few talk about and of which even fewer seem aware. Poems speak to the 1960's "scoop up" of children and how this affected the lives of (one or thousands) of First Nations and Métis girls-- girls who later grew to be women with questions, women with wounds, women who felt like they had no place to call home. That is, until they allowed themselves to be open to the courage others have lived and shared. "Hiraeth" is a word that is Celtic in origin and it means looking for a place to belong that never existed. But this place does exist -- in the heart.

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The 2018-2019 Canadian Indigenous Books for Schools list recommends this resource for Grades 9-12 for English Language Arts and Social Studies.

Caution: some poems contain depictions of violence and racism and use strong language.

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112 pages | 7.50" x 6.00"

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Spirit Bear: Fishing for Knowledge, Catching Dreams: Based on a True Story
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Spirit Bear is off on another adventure! Follow him as he learns about traditional knowledge and Residential Schools from his Uncle Huckleberry and his friend, Lak'insxw, before heading to Algonquin territory, where children teach him about Shannen's Dream.

Spirit Bear and his new friends won't stop until Shannen's Dream of "safe and comfy schools" comes true for every First Nations student.

Dear Uncle Huckleberry,

Look up at the stars tonight. If you look closely, you'll see Shannen Koostachin lighting the way.

Shannen knew that school should be a time for dreams and that every child deserves to have a safe and comfy school, a proper education, and to feel proud of who they are. Every child is sacred.

Did you know that many First Nations schools get less money from the government than other schools? Shannen knew this was wrong. And so do I.

And like my mom, Mary the Bear, always says, when we see something wrong, we need to help make things right!

Did you know that Lak'insxw means "grizzly bear" in Gitxsan language?

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52 pages | 216 x 216 mm

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