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A is for Aboriginal
Author: Joseph MacLean
Format: Hardcover
  • The reader will discover some interesting bits of history and tradition that are not widely known. Many, for example, do not know that Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin (two of the American Founding Fathers) both attribute the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy, one of the world’s oldest democracies, as the inspiration for the American Constitution. Or, that the origin of ‘Red Indian’ is not because of skin colour, but from the ochre (iron oxide) used by the now extinct Beothuk to colour their skin red – red skin.

    At the bottom of each letter there is a list of Indiginous peoples that begin with that letter. The idea is that the names can be recited as a sort of poem of remembrance. This book celebrates Aboriginal heritage and culture and is beautifully illustrated by Brendan Heard, a Canadian artist who works in oil paint and digital medium.

    The author, Joseph MacLean, is an historian by education, a story teller by avocation and a social entrepreneur by trade. The book was written ten years ago when Joseph was working on a literacy project in Vancouver’s infamous DTES (Downtown Eastside) – the poorest postal code in Canada.


A Native American Thought of It
Format: Paperback
  • Inventiveness and ingenuity from North America's First Nations.

    Everyone knows that moccasins, canoes and toboggans were invented by the Aboriginal people of North America, but did you know that they also developed their own sign language, as well as syringe needles and a secret ingredient in soda pop?

    Depending on where they lived, Aboriginal communities relied on their ingenuity to harness the resources available to them. Some groups, such as the Iroquois, were particularly skilled at growing and harvesting food. From them, we get corn and wild rice, as well as maple syrup.

    Other groups, including the Sioux and Comanche of the plains, were exceptional hunters. Camouflage, fish hooks and decoys were all developed to make the task of catching animals easier. And even games-lacrosse, hockey and volleyball -- have Native American roots.

    Other clever inventions and innovations include:

    * Diapers
    * Asphalt
    * Megaphones
    * Hair conditioner
    * Surgical knives
    * Sunscreen.

    With descriptive photos and information-packed text, this book explores eight different categories in which the creativity of First Nations peoples from across the continent led to remarkable inventions and innovations, many of which are still in use today.


A Tahltan Cookbook Vol. 2: More Than 88 Ways to Prepare Salmon
Author: Louise Framst
Format: Hardcover
  • B.C. Science Supplementary Resource Gr.4- Life Science

    The Tahltan band of northern BC are experts at preparing meals that feature salmon. This volume contains over 88 salmon recipes while sharing Aboriginal culture in relation to the history of salmon and its importance to First Nations people.

    See also Talhltan Cookbooks Volume 1 and 3.


Africans Thought of It: Amazing Innovations
Format: Paperback
  • The ingenuity of African peoples from ancient times to today.

    Did you know that aloe vera -- now found in countless products, including sunscreens and soaps -- was first used by Africans? They ground it into powder and used it to treat burns and other skin conditions, and hunters used it to disguise their scent from animals. They also used the nutritious oil from the fruit of the oil palm tree in everything from cooking to medicines to wine. And the marimba, better known to us as the xylophone, is believed to have originated 700 years ago in Mali. Other unique African innovations include the technique of banana leaf art and using horns -- and hairdos! -- to communicate important messages.

    Africans Thought of It features descriptive photos and information-packed text that is divided into sections, including:
    - Agriculture
    - Food
    - Medicine
    - Music
    - Architecture
    - Games & Sports

    This fourth book in Annick's successful We Thought of It series takes readers on a fascinating journey across the world's second largest continent to discover how aspects of its culture have spread around the globe.


Anguti's Amulet
Format: Paperback
  • A bilingual story in Inuktitut and English, Angutiup ânguanga / Anguti’s Amulet is a story based on an Inuit archaeological site located along the central coast of Labrador that was occupied sometime between AD 1720 and AD 1750. Itjasualigijet KamajiKatlutik Prâvinsiup suliaKaffinganit – Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, ikajuttiKatlutik Prâvinsiup PitaKautinginnit Neofulâmi Labrador-imilu, pitsiaKujitlutik itjasuattuligijinik piulitsisiaKujitlutik Kinguvatta Kimiggujatsagimmait. Archaeological fieldwork is conducted under the auspices of the Provincial Archaeology Office, Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, which, with the Provincial Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador, ensures that sites and collections are protected for future generations.


Anywhere Stories
Author: Leo Sawicki
Format: Paperback
  • BY THE AUTHOR OF THE VERY SUCCESSFUL Anytime Stories, this new collection of short stories is drawn from many tribes, customs and ceremonies of the North American indian. The purpose of these stories is to heighten our consciousness of how they are told; to do this Leo Sawicki shows us their origins, their applications, and how audiences might relate to them.

    The stories also provide us with objects of symbolism to ignite our imaginations, including an origami orb, a mystic warrior's shield, paper-mâché masks of endangered species, a medicine wheel, reports and observations on plants, and our relationship with the Earth.


At the Heart of It: Dene dzó t’áré
Format: Hardcover
  • Raymond Taniton is Sahtugot'ine, which means "people from the Sahtu or Great Bear Lake." He lives in Deline, Northwest Territories, on the shore of Sahtu, Canada's largest and most pristine lake. Raymond, former chief, is one of his community's many gifted leaders.

    In At the Heart of It, the seventh book in The Land is Our Storybook series, Raymond shows readers how to make a traditional Dene drum with the help of his father, Alfred, who is a leader and the "keeper of the drum." Raymond shares the importance of keeping traditions alive to maintaining a healthy community. He also introduces readers to Dene spiritual, political, and traditional leaders and explains why Deline is a leader in the NWT in terms of healthy places, people, and land. Sahtugot'ine have never given up their right and responsibility to look after and govern themselves. Join Raymond and find out what is at the heart of the rich history of the Sahtugot'ine.


Birds of the Island
Author: Dawn Adams
Format: Hardcover
  • A look at the birds that live on and around British Columbia's Queen Charlotte Islands, this book is one in a series of books for young readers.


British Columbia, It's Land, Mineral and Water Resources
Author: Sandy Duncan
Format: Paperback
  • 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.


Byron Through the Seasons
Author: Dene Children
Traditional Territory: Dene
Format: Paperback
  • B.C. Science Supplementary Resource: Gr.1- Earth and Space Science

    Favored selection by the Canadian Childrens 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.


Canada Close Up: Yukon
Format: Paperback
  • Mountains and rivers; forests and tundra; grizzlies and caribou; trapping and whaling; the Klondike gold rush and the Yukon Quest: It?s all about Yukon!


Canadian Heroes
Author: Maxine Trottier
Format: Paperback

Colours of the Islands
Author: Dawn Adams
Format: Hardcover

Author: Jane Yolen
Format: Paperback
  • When Christopher Columbus landed on the island of San Salvador in 1492, what he discovered were the Taino Indians. Told from a young Taino boys point of view, this is a story of how the boy tried to warn his people against welcoming the strangers, who seemed more interested in golden ornaments than friendship. Years later the boy, now an old man, looks back at the destruction of his people and their culture by the colonizers.


Environmentalists from our First Nations
Format: Paperback
  • Like the other books in the First Nations Series for Young Readers, this books offers ten short and engaging biographies of First Nations/Native activists who advocate not only for the environment but for Native rights. Their stories are full of highs and lows, triumphs and setbacks. Environmental trailblazers, these men and women are role models for children everywhere.

    The men and women profiled here are united by their work to protect the environment and to support indigenous rights. Their stories take us from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to the Black Mesa in Arizona.

    Melina Laboucan-Massimo uses her passion to stop oil extraction in Alberta’s tar sands.
    Winona LaDuke is a voice for reclaiming Native lands, advocating renewable energy resources, and protecting Native cultures.
    Clayton Thomas-Muller is a dynamic advocate for indigenous self-determination and campaigner against tar sands extraction.
    Ben Powless brings his youthful energy and skills to addressing climate change issues.
    Tom Goldtooth protects sacred sites and organizes global direct-action campaigns for the environment.
    Grace Thorpe is a grandmother who dedicated her retirement years to keeping Native reservations from becoming nuclear waste dumps.
    Sarah James is a voice from northern Alaska defending the Porcupine caribou herd and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
    Enei Begaye & Evon Peter are married activists who work as a team on environmental issues and sustainable strategies for Native people.
    Klee Benally uses the media to empower Native communities in their fight for environmental justice.
    Teague Allston works to ensure a tribal voice is heard in Washington DC.


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