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1234 First Nations Explore
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;
Reading Level: N/A

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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A Little Boy Catches a Whale
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Mi'kmaq;
Grade Levels: 3;

One late fall day, the boy told the old people that he was going fishing. When he returned home, he said that he had caught a whale.

Un matin, juste avant l’arrivée de l’hiver, le garçon dit à ses parents qu’il part à la pêche. Peu de temps après, il revient chez lui, tout heureux d’annoncer qu’il a pêché une baleine.

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This book is delivered in a triple-language format of English, French, and Mi'kmaq.

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Byron Through the Seasons
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Dene;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

This Dene-English story book was produced by the students and teachers of Ducharme Elementary School in La Loche, Saskatchewan, with assistance from local advisors and elders. Together, they wrote the story, translated it, and worked on the pictures. 

Their goal was to highlight some aspects of Dene culture that were vital in the past and are still important today. They wanted to show the continuity of a genuine and successful way of life, and emphasize culturally-significant events and attitudes. 

To produce the book, over 400 hundred students provided ideas for the storyline and art samples for the illustrations. Two hundred letters went out to the community families, asking for ideas and information with regard to story content. A dozen elders were consulted to provide accurate and culturally-correct information. A teacher committee of six worked on the project for two years. 

Byron Through the Seasons is a story told by Grandfather Jonas and imagined by his grandson, Byron. The balloon diagram in each picture represents the symbolic journey taken by Byron as he listens to stories of what Dene life is like during the four seasons of the year.

Favored selection by the Canadian Children's Book Centre, Byron Through the Seasons: A Dene-English Story Book recalls early aspects of Dene lifestyle, from tanning and medicine to camping and food preservation.

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B.C. Science Supplementary Resource: Gr.1- Earth and Space Science

Recommended ages: 4-8.

Written in English and the Dene language (Chipewyan).

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32 pages | 6.00" x 9.00"

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Call of the Fiddle
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Métis;
Grade Levels: 2; 3;

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

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

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

Michif translations by Normal Fleury.

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Dancing in My Bones
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Métis;
Grade Levels: 2; 3; 4; 5; 6;

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

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

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

Michif translations by Normal Fleury.

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Fiddle Dancer
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Métis;
Grade Levels: 2; 3; 4; 5; 6;

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

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

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

Michif translations by Normal Fleury.

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How the Cougar Came to be Called the Ghost Cat
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Mi'kmaq;
Grade Levels: 1; 2; 3;

The story of Ajig the cougar, who is trapped between two worlds, A symbol of the assimilation of First Nations through enforced Western education systems.

The human need to belong is very powerful, so much so that we often sacrifice parts of who we are in order to be accepted. This is the tale of a young cougar, Ajig, who makes this sacrifice – and pays dearly. A curious and adventurous cougar, Ajig decides to build a new home in a strange forest. When he finds that all of the animals in the forest are afraid of him, Ajig agrees to stop behaving like a cougar so that he can make friends. But when Ajig tries to return to his birthplace, he learns that he is no longer welcome. Lost between two worlds, the young cougar becomes a “ghost cat.”

This beautifully illustrated book, written in both Mi’kmaw and English, reflects the experiences of First Nations peoples’ assimilation into the Euro-Canadian school system, but speaks to everyone who is marginalized or at risk.

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32 pages | 8.00" x 10.00"

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How to Build an Iglu and a Qamutiik: Inuit Tools and Techniques, Volume One
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6;

The iglu, a traditional winter shelter built in the Arctic for centuries, is a vital part of Inuit culture. The qamutiik, a traditional sled used for hunting, is an essential tool whose versatility and dependability have allowed it to endure over time.

In How to Build an Iglu & a Qamutiik, Solomon Awa provides thorough how-to instructions on building iglus and qamutiiks, along with general background information on their construction and importance to survival. Complete with detailed, clear illustrations, this valuable resource will teach readers to build these structures that are so central to Inuit culture and tradition.

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Delivered in a dual-language format of English and Ikutitut.

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32 pages | 9.00" x 7.00" | b&w illustrations, colour photographs

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Kou-Skelowh - We Are The People: A Trilogy of Okanagan Legends
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

This beautifully illustrated edition is a collection of original Okanagan legends with time-honoured lessons for children - the values of sharing, respect and reverence for life in all forms. Told in a strong rhythmic style, this new edition now includes the text in both languages: English and Okanagan.

Awards

  • B.C. Millennium Book Awards
  • 2000 Winner of the B.C. Millennium Book Awards

Reviews
"How Turtle Set the Animals Free is a surprising tortoise-and-hare legend with far-flung consequences. How Food Was Given describes the care and sacrifice of the four Chiefs of plant and animal life devoted to the new people who will soon come to Earth...Barb Marchand's vital, expressive watercolours bring the creatures alive. Her adroit portrayal of self-important Coyote in the telling but hilarious How Names Were Given adds to his personality. The touching humanity of this story is the stuff of great legends. And, Marchand's illustrations echo the compassionate but musical voice that tells this story." - Elizabeth MacCallum, Children's Book Reviewer, Globe & Mail.

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88 pages | 8.00" x 10.00"

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La créature des neiges / Kunapeu
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Le froid si intense et la neige tellement envahissante... Prisonniers dans les profondeurs de la forêt, la vie de trois valeureux bucherons sera transformée par l'arrivée d'un personnage incroyable et inquiétant. TOC ! TOC ! TOC !

Joséphine Bacon a signé la traduction en innu de cet album.

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La grand-mère d'Aputik
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;

Aputik, une jeune Inuk qui habite au Nunavik, nous présente sa grand-mère. Elle se remémore les inoubliables moments passés en sa compagnie.

Sarah Beaulne a signé la traduction en inuktitut de cet album. Elle est native de Puvirnituq, au Nunavik.

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Loon Rock: Pkwimu Wkuntem
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Mi'kmaq;
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3; 4;

The story of a loon and a young Mi'kmaq boy written in English and Mi'kmaq.

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22 pages | 8.00" x 8.00" | Mi’kmaq translations by Helen Sylliboy 

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The author of this story is not Indigenous; however, the Mi'kmaq translator is.  The illustrator is also Indigenous. 

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Ma Tante Charlotte / Nitosis Charlotte
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Atikamekw ;

La tante de Louis-Paul est invitée à souper chez lui. La connaissant très peu, il se met à imaginer le métier qu'elle fait dans la vie. Mais il apprendra vite que le travail importe peu quand on estime une personne.

Louis-Paul has never met his aunt Charlotte, whom his father has invited for supper tonight. As the story unfolds, Louis-Paul is curious to learn more about her and wonders what type of work she could possibly do. He imagines her as a physician caring for sick children, an astronaut travelling in space, an actress signing autographs, a magician, or an acrobat. The scenarios he creates are illustrated in a lively and colourful style. Intrigued by his aunt's visit, Louis-Paul talks to his father, who tells him that it is not what his sister does for a living that is important, but who she is — a person very dear to him.

This delightful story, which focuses on the importance of family, is the first work by the young Christophe Loyer. Readers will enjoy the creative illustrations of Louise-Catherine Bergeron. It is an entertaining and fun-filled picture book.  

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This book is delivered in a dual-language format of French and Atikamekw.  Atikamekw translation by Martha Niquay.

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24 Pages 

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Muin and the Seven Bird Hunters
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Mi'kmaq;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

The story of Muin and the Seven Bird Hunters is a very old Mi'kmaw legend. It happens in the North Sky as the stars that show the story of Muin and the Seven Bird Hunters move around Tatapn, the North Star.

In pictures in this book you can see how these stars, shown as they appear two hours before dawn, move through the night sky. They are in a different position each of the seasons because they are the time-keepers, the calendar. All through the year, as the stars and plants travel through the sky, the Mi'kmaq watch the story of Muin and the Seven Bird Hunters as it unfolds before their eyes.

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Text is in Mi'kmaq and English.

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36 pages | 8.50" x 8.50"

 

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The Lost Teachings/ Panuijkatasikl Kina’masuti’l
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Mi'kmaq;

One day as the great Eagle flew high above the forest he came upon a small bundle containing seven teachings, teachings that will bring balance, harmony and peace to all who practice them. But the teachings come with a simple warning: beware of envy and greed.

As Eagle spreads the seven teachings throughout the forest, he forgets to heed their warning and soon the forest is lost to jealousy, greed and selfishness. Eagle must save the forest, and he soon learns the most important teaching of all: truth.

“When you see Eagle flying high in the beautiful sky above, ask yourself this: Am I proud of myself? Have I respected myself, others, and the environment? Have I stood up for someone and stood up for what is right? Have I practiced the teaching of truth?”

This engaging story, with beautiful illustrations by Dozay (Arlene) Christmas, allows the reader to reconnect to and understand the seven teachings and their meaning in relation to themselves and society as a whole. The Lost Teachings is a story about the importance of the seven teachings — wisdom, respect, love, honesty, humility, courage and truth — and how interconnected they are in achieving balance, harmony and peace for individuals and society as a whole.

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