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Aboriginal Literacy Curriculum Tool Box: Cultural Philosophy, Curriculum Design & Strategies for Self-Directed Learning
Author: Janice Brant
Format: Paperback
  • This book is intended for literacy practitioners interested in fostering a learner-centered approach to curriculum delivery. It encourages literacy educators to be innovative, creative and compassionate in their approach and delivery of curriculum to First Nation, Métis and Inuit learners.

    You will explore techniques and approaches that engage learners in self-directed practices, such as critical thinking and self-reflection, self-esteem, problem-solving, decision-making, creative thinking, collaboration, and information gathering.

    “This book is a ‘must-read’ for anyone working with Aboriginal learners. It outlines, in a clear straight forward way, how to utilize cultural knowledge in the classroom.

    By tapping into the full range of human experience, the author provides the tools for helping Aboriginal learners develop and find personal direction.”

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Cries from a Metis Heart
Author: Lorraine Mayer
Format: Paperback
  • Sometimes you have to draw upon your history to escape your past. In her hard-hitting debut, Lorraine Mayer uses poetry and prose to entwine two stories, one following her struggle to be recognized as a Metis woman, mother and academic, the other seeing that struggle in terms of the Metis people and their quest for recognition.

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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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Fingerweaving Basics
Author: Findley Gerald L,
Format: Paperback
  • Fingerweaving has been practiced by Native Americans for centuries. It requires no sophisticated loom, only the nimble hands of the weaver. Each technique is presented in detail. The instructions are simple and clearly written, and each step is illustrated with color drawings that make the different threads easy to identify. Includes a color photo of each finished weaving. The approach used here makes this craft much more accessible to amateurs who may have wanted to try it but may have been turned off by the complexity of other books on the subject. Several variations are given for chevron stitch, lightning pattern, arrowhead pattern, bead accents, and fringe.

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Fingerweaving Untangled
Author: Carol James
Format: Paperback
  • This publication is a welcome addition to the literature on the ancient craft of fingerweaving. Carol James, an accomplished Winnipeg weaver and teacher, has dedicated over 20 years to the art. Her knowledge and sash reproductions are based on the detailed study of historical artifacts and are housed in various heritage institutions such as the Manitoba Museum and the Musee de Saint-Boniface.

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

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Just Pretending
Format: Paperback
  • From one of Canada's most exciting new Metis voices comes a book whose recurring themes include the complexities of identity, belonging/not belonging, Aboriginal adoption, loss and abandonment, regret and insecurity.

    A deadbeat dad tries to reconnect with his daughter after 22 years away. A selfish poet has been scarred by an upbringing that leaves him emotionally distant from his children and spouse. A pot-smoking middle-aged man undertakes a modest quest for meaning following a brush with mortality. A fourteen-year-old girl struggles to come to terms with her feelings of abandonment.

    The characters are often fragile, sometimes unlikeable, but ultimately can be identified or sympathized with. At the centre of the stories are notions of identity and belonging, and the complex relationships between children and parents, both those who are real and those who are just pretending.

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L' espace de Louis Goulet
Format: Paperback
  • When the personal papers of Louis Goulet (1859-1936) were discovered in 1973 researchers found a wealth of observations from a prairie Metis who saw his culture on the verge of change. More than a collection of memoirs, Vanishing Spaces is a plainspoken account of a nation in transition. The title is also available in its original French version, L'Espace de Louis Goulet.

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Love Medicine and One Song
Format: Paperback
  • In 'Love Medicine and One Song', Gregory Scofield steps out of the urban rez and enters the fields of love. Intertwining lush scenes from the natural world with images of the human body, the poems in 'Love Medicine and One Song' celebrate human relationships with the land, and with the bodies of ourselves and our lovers.

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Mere Observations
Author: Derek Garson
Format: Paperback
  • A young urban Metis explores poetry in a fresh and gripping form, from lyric poetry to narrative scenes.

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

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My Children are My Reward: The Life of Elsie Spence
Author: Alix Harpelle
Format: Paperback
  • Through the story of Elsie Spence, Harpelle describes in vivid terms the traditional ways of the Metis in Manitoba in the mid-20th Century, and shows the strong matriarchal role.

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

    With this collection, Kirton adds her voice to the call for the kind of fierce honesty referred to by Muriel Rukeyser when she asked, What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open. Kirton tells her truth with gentleness and patience, splitting the world open one line at a time.

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Plain Speaking: Essays on Aboriginal Peoples and the Prairie
Format: Paperback
  • 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.

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

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

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