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A People on the Move: The Metis of the Western Plains
Format: Paperback
  • This book paints a picture of Metis life and culture during the 19th century in the area that later became Saskatchewan and Alberta. Gordon brings history to life through the stories of individuals, such as Gabriel Dumont, Antoine Vermette and Edouard Beapr', and remarkable families, including the Rowand and Bird families of Fort Edmonton and the Cardinal and Desjarlis families of Lac La Biche. The tragedy of 1885, the founding of Willow Bunch and the coming of the NWMP are just some of the key events that are covered.

    Suggested Grades: 9-12
    ABPBC

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A Really Good Brown Girl
Author: Marilyn Dumont
Format: Paperback
  • Marilyn Dumont's Metis heritage offers her challenges that few of us welcome. Here she turns them to opportunities: in a voice that is fierce, direct, and true, she explores and transcends the multiple boundaries imposed by society on the self. She mocks, with exasperation and sly humour, the banal exploitation of Indianness, more-Indian-than-thouoneupmanship, and white condescension and ignorance.

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A Thousand Supperless Babes: The Story of the Metis
Format: Paperback
  • A Thousand Supperless Babes: The Story of the Metis is a theatrical play and interactive Compact Disc compilation, revealing the history of the Metis through story, song and dance. Set in New York City, far from the Metis homeland, A Thousand Supperless Babes tells a poignant history of a Nation, unfolding using the stories and experiences of Metis individuals and the reminiscences of Honore Jaxon, one of Louis Riel's secretaries. Through the use of cast monologues, this play promotes and preserves the tradition of Metis storytelling, as monologues have been created using stories of Metis history told to cast members by their ancestors. The compilation includes the play's script in both printed and electronic formats and an electronic Flash Presentation of historical images to be used throughout the performance. The compact disc also includes the musical score, performed by singer/songwriters Andrea Menard and Don Freed, accompanying sheet music, and other information that can be used by teachers and drama instructors to produce and perform A Thousand Supperless Babes: The Story of the Metis. Depending upon the theatre group or drama class, the script can easily be modified to include new stories based on cast member's family stories or other significant events in Metis history.

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Beneath Raven Moon
Author: David Bouchard
Traditional Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw, Métis
Format: Hardcover
  • There are as many Creation stories as there are First Nations on Turtle Island. The story of a Great Flood is known to indigenous people in every corner of the world. But what about the Moon? Who made her? What was her intended purpose?

    Beneath Raven Moon is an enchanting tale of the creation of Grandmother Moon and of the first time she wove her spell on a young, unsuspecting couple.

    The story unfolds in the territory of the Kwakwaka’wakw people – now also known as British Columbia’s Inside Passage – where Raven and Eagle join together in good-natured conspiracy to foster a heart-warming romance.

    Follow the magical vision of Métis author David Bouchard and Kwakwaka’wakw artist Andy Everson to learn why Raven found it necessary to bless us with the heavenly sphere that guides we two-leggeds and illuminates our night sky. And enjoy the enchantment of the music and flute of Mary Youngblood as you sit in wonder ... Beneath Raven Moon.

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DraMetis: Three Metis Plays
Format: Paperback
  • DraMetis is the first anthology to focus on the emerging discipline of Metis drama. The pieces have all been previously produced and highlight the diversity of Metis drama being written and performed in Canada.

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Extraordinary Canadians: Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont:A Penguin Lives Biography
Author: Joseph Boyden
Format: Paperback
  • Louis Riel is regarded by some as a hero and visionary, by others as a madman and misguided religious zealot. The Métis leader who fought for the rights of his people against an encroaching tide of white settlers helped establish the province of Manitoba before escaping to the United States. Gabriel Dumont was a successful hunter and Métis chief, a man tested by warfare, a pragmatist who differed from the devout Riel. Giller Prize—winning novelist Joseph Boyden argues that Dumont, part of a delegation that had sought out Riel in exile, may not have foreseen the impact on the Métis cause of bringing Riel home. While making rational demands of Sir John A. Macdonald's government, Riel seemed increasingly overtaken by a messianic mission. His execution in 1885 by the Canadian government still reverberates today. Boyden provides fresh, controversial insight into these two seminal Canadian figures and how they shaped the country.

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Gabriel Dumont: Li Chef Michif in Images and in Words
Format: Paperback
  • Gabriel Dumont is an iconic figure in Métis and Canadian history. In the
    popular imagination, he is well known for leading the Métis forces during the
    1885 Resistance, and for being a renowned bison hunt leader, a Wild West
    show performer, and a husband to his beloved Madeleine. But outside of
    printed history and a fragmented oral history what do we really know about
    him? How has he been imagined over time? This book answers these
    questions by focusing on visual and journalistic representations of Gabriel
    Dumont through time and space. Compiled together for the first time,
    these eclectic sources provide poignant vignettes of Gabriel Dumont’s life,
    which will greatly contribute to our knowledge about him, and will further
    contribute to his legend.

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I Wanted to be Elvis, So What was I Doing in Moose Jaw
Author: Ray St. Germain
Format: Paperback
  • From sharing a stage with Johnny Cash and hosting his own national TV series to helping launch Winnipeg's original rock 'n roll scene, musician Ray St. Germain has enjoyed a career busy enough to keep several people on the go. His reflections are by turns rollicking and touching, with smiles to ease hard-won wisdom.

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

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Remembering Will Have To Do: The Life and Times of Louise (Trottier) Moine
Author: Louise Moine
Format: Paperback
  • Deftly merging pioneer history with Aboriginal autobiography, Louise Moine wrote about her childhood spent on the ranching frontier of southwest Saskatchewan in the early 1900s and about her time in an Indian residential school in two published books and various articles in the 1970s and early ‘80s. A long-time resident of Val Marie, Saskatchewan, she also wrote candid vignettes of her many family members and friends living in southwest Saskatchewan and northern Montana.

    Remembering Will Have to Do: The Life and Times of Louise (Trottier) Moine collects her various writings, including her previously-published books and essays, as well as unpublished stories, photographs, and appendices. Having lived almost 102 years, Louise Moine witnessed the changing Prairie West as Euro-Canadian and European settlers moved in and overwhelmed the region’s Aboriginal residents. Although much of this text was written decades ago, it is still retains its relevance and carries an authenticity of somebody who personally witnessed the rise of southwest Saskatchewan’s ranching culture, the end of the Métis’ nomadic lifestyle, the growth of the dysfunctional Indian residential school system, and the impact of colonization on the region’s Aboriginal peoples.

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Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation
Traditional Territory: Métis
Format: Paperback
  • Canada's relationship with its Indigenous people has suffered as a result of both the residential school system and the lack of understanding of the historical and current impact of those schools. Healing and repairing that relationship requires education, awareness and increased understanding of the legacy and the impacts still being felt by Survivors and their families. Guided by acclaimed Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith, readers will learn about the lives of Survivors and listen to allies who are putting the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into action.

Authentic Canadian Content
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Stories of Our People book 1: How Michif was Lost
Traditional Territory: Métis
Format: Paperback
  • This series is a departure from other books about Aboriginal or traditional stories. It includes five stories. As readers go through the series, they will notice that the narrative and artwork gets progressively darker. The series starts with trickster stories, then moves to a Whiitigo and Paakuk story, then jumps to a story about selling one’s soul and personal redemption, and finally to a Roogaroo story.

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

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

    Stories of Our People/Lii zistwayr di la naasyoon di Michif Series:
    How Michif was Lost
    Chi-Jean and the Red Willows
    Whistle for Protection
    Sins of the Righteous
    Attack of the Roogaroos!

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Stories of Our People book 3: Whistle for Protection
Traditional Territory: Métis
Format: Paperback
  • This series is a departure from other books about Aboriginal or traditional stories. It includes five stories. As readers go through the series, they will notice that the narrative and artwork gets progressively darker. The series starts with trickster stories, then moves to a Whiitigo and Paakuk story, then jumps to a story about selling one’s soul and personal redemption, and finally to a Roogaroo story.

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

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

    Stories of Our People/Lii zistwayr di la naasyoon di Michif Series:
    How Michif was Lost
    Chi-Jean and the Red Willows
    Whistle for Protection
    Sins of the Righteous
    Attack of the Roogaroos!

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Stories of Our People book 4: Sins of the Righteous
Traditional Territory: Métis
Format: Paperback
  • This series is a departure from other books about Aboriginal or traditional stories. It includes five stories. As readers go through the series, they will notice that the narrative and artwork gets progressively darker. The series starts with trickster stories, then moves to a Whiitigo and Paakuk story, then jumps to a story about selling one’s soul and personal redemption, and finally to a Roogaroo story.

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

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

    Stories of Our People/Lii zistwayr di la naasyoon di Michif Series:
    How Michif was Lost
    Chi-Jean and the Red Willows
    Whistle for Protection
    Sins of the Righteous
    Attack of the Roogaroos!

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Stories of Our People book 5: Attack of the Roogaroos!
Traditional Territory: Métis
Format: Paperback
  • This series is a departure from other books about Aboriginal or traditional stories. It includes five stories. As readers go through the series, they will notice that the narrative and artwork gets progressively darker. The series starts with trickster stories, then moves to a Whiitigo and Paakuk story, then jumps to a story about selling one’s soul and personal redemption, and finally to a Roogaroo story.

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

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

    Stories of Our People/Lii zistwayr di la naasyoon di Michif Series:
    How Michif was Lost
    Chi-Jean and the Red Willows
    Whistle for Protection
    Sins of the Righteous
    Attack of the Roogaroos!

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