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

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

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

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

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This book is part of The Canadians Series.

Recommended Ages: 10-13 

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64 pages | 6.50" x 8.50"

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

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

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

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

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

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Recommended for ages 13+.

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

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322 pages | 10.50" x 12.87"

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$83.00

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

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

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

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

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

This book is part of The Canadians Series.

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200 pages | 6.00" x 9.00"

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Peter Fidler and the Métis
Authors:
Donna Lee Dumont
Format: Paperback
Peter Fidler and the Métis is an excellent primer on Métis history and culture for middle years readers. The book is the personal reflection of Métis artist and author Donna Lee Dumont on her direct ancestors, the Hudson’s Bay Company explorer and mapmaker Peter Fidler and his Cree wife, Mary Mackegonne. Interwoven with this self-reflection is the author’s discussion of the formation of Métis culture during the fur trade, the racism that forced many Métis to deny their heritage, and the proud place that the Métis now have as one of Canada’s founding peoples. Writing about her childhood, which consisted of many summers spent picking and eating berries and learning about Aboriginal medicinal and healing traditions from her grandmother and her elders, Donna Lee Dumont poignantly takes the reader back to a gentler, more environmentally friendly time. She concludes by writing about her pride in being a Métis artist, author, educator, mother, and grandmother. Lavishly illustrated in bright, vibrant acrylics, Peter Fidler and the Métis is one woman’s enchanting journey to document her Métis identity.
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Relatives With Roots
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;
Relatives With Roots: A Story About Métis Women’s Connection to the Land is a heartfelt story about a Métis grandmother who takes her granddaughter out into the bush to teach her how to pick traditional medicines. As the granddaughter learns the traditional beliefs and stories about how the Métis people use the plants for food and medicine, she feels happy to be a Métis child with access to such wonderful cultural knowledge. This charming and vibrant book introduces young readers to key concepts in the traditional Métis worldview while focusing on the special relationship between a young Métis girl and her grandmother. Relatives With Roots is the second in a series of children’s books relating to traditional Métis values by Leah Marie Dorion. The first book, The Giving Tree: A Retelling of a Traditional Métis Story, was nominated in 2010 for a Willow Award in the Shining Willow category.
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Road Allowance Kitten
Artists:
Christina Johns
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Métis;

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

Comes with a CD featuring the English and Michif narrations of the book.

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

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

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Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).

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$8.50

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

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

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

Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6). 

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$51.00

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

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

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Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).

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

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

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

Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).

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

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

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Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).

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

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

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

Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).

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$51.00

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

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

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Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).

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

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

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

Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).

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$51.00

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

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

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Recommended for intermediate students (grades 4-6).

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