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This resource guide has been developed by the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) with assistance from the BCMOE and support from the Education Partnerships Program of AANDC.
Date published: March 2012
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BC - Authentic First Peoples Resources: For Use in K-7 Classrooms


Dancing With The Cranes
Content Territory: Okanagan
Format: Paperback
Chi finds herself feeling comforted after the loss of her grandmother, knowing her Temma will always be a part of her and looking forward to the new child who will be a part of their lives.
$12.95

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Discover the Animals Colouring and Learning Book
Format: Paperback
Northwest Coast First Nations and Native art colouring and learning book.

24 pages
$9.95

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Explore the Animals Colouring and Learning Book
Content Territory: Various
Format: Paperback
Northwest Coast First Nations and Native art colouring and learning book.

24 pages
$9.95

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Fiddle Dancer
Authors:
Wilfred Burton
Anne Patton
Content Territory: Métis
Format: Paperback
Book 1 in the trilogy: Fiddle Dancer, Dancing In My Bones, Call of the Fiddle.

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!
$15.00

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Goodbye Buffalo Bay
Authors:
Larry Loyie
Content Territory: Cree
Format: Paperback
In his last year in residential school, Lawrence learns the power of friendship and finds the courage to stand up for his beliefs. He returns home to find the traditional First Nations life he loved is over. He feels like a stranger to his family until his grandfather's gentle guidance helps him find his way.

This is a sequel to his much loved As Long As the River Flows.
$16.95

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Hide and Sneak
Content Territory: Inuit
Format: Paperback
One lovely afternoon Allashua is lured into mischief by a charming but sneaky little creature.
$7.95

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How Raven Stole the Sun (Tales of the People)
Authors:
Maria Williams
Content Territory: Tlingit
Format: Hardcover
A long time ago, Raven was pure white, like fresh snow in winter. This was so long ago that the only light came from campfires, because a greedy chief kept the stars, moon, and sun locked up in elaborately carved boxes. Determined to free them, the shape-shifting Raven resourcefully transformed himself into the chief's baby grandson and cleverly tricked him into opening the boxes and releasing the starlight and moonlight. Though tired of being stuck in human form, Raven maintained his disguise until he got the chief to open the box with the sun and flood the world with daylight, at which point he gleefully transformed himself back into a raven. When the furious chief locked him in the house, Raven was forced to escape through the small smokehole at the top--and that's why ravens are now black as smoke instead of white as snow.

This engaging Tlingit story is brought to life in painted illustrations that convey a sense of the traditional life of the Northwest Coast peoples.
$20.95

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How the Fox Got His Crossed Legs
Authors:
Virginia Football
Content Territory: , Tłı̨chǫ (Dogrib)
Format: Hardcover
Fox is howling, crying, for he lost his leg to Bear, all the people wanted to help Fox, but didn't know what to do. Raven is called upon to help retrieve his leg. Will Raven succeed in the quest for Fox's leg?

This book includes an audio and interactive multimedia CD that you can play on a CD player, PC or Mac. Also included is a Dogrib Elder telling his version of this ancient legend in Dogrib. An orthography chart is included.

In Dogrib and English.
$22.95

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How The Robin Got Its Red Breast
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The Sechelt Nation
Content Territory: Sechelt
Format: Paperback
These traditional teaching legends come straight from the oral traditions of the Sechelt Nation.
$7.95

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I Am Raven: A Story of Discovery
Format: Hardcover

David Bouchard dives into his own life and identity in this beautifully illustrated book. Personal totems are often described as animal spirit guardians. Totems are passed down through family lines. The beautiful prose describes an amazing personal journey of discovery, finally, inviting the reader to do the same.

An Elder once asked me if my spirit animal guardian was Bear. I must have looked somewhat confused because she went on to explain that Bear was the wise Elder, the teacher. She told me that Bear understood as well as any what to take from our mother Earth and how important it was to always put back that which we took. “You’ve been a teacher many years? Are you guided by Bear?” she asked. “YES!” I answered confidently. “Yes. In fact, my guardian is the Grizzly Bear” I smiled. 

Dear reader, you must understand that I have always been fascinated by the powerful giant, Bear. “If you want to be certain of this,” she said softly, “all you have to do is close your eyes before travelling to your dreamtime – close your eyes and picture your guardian. Thank it. Ask it for guidance. Try to see it. It will be there for you. It does not hide. It is proud to be part of who you are.” 

That night, I couldn’t wait to get to bed. I was very anxious to see my totem. I knew to be Bear. I closed my eyes and the first and only thing I saw was a big, goofy looking Raven staring straight at me. He looked ragged; one of his neck feathers was sticking off to the side. I spoke to him, respectfully. “Hello Raven. It is good to see you here in my dreamtime. However, I’d be grateful if you would just step over to the side – either side – just step aside please because Bear is trying to come into my vision and – just step aside a little – please. 

I fell asleep. The next day, I shared my story with the knowing Elder who didn’t hesitate to tell me that she wasn’t surprised to hear my story. She knew that I had succeeded in school in spite of the fact that I was a weak reader. She knew that I had done things in my life that could have been seen as being too much for me. She knew my wife and that I had to be very cunning indeed to have talked such a beautiful woman into marrying me. The lesson I learned from that Elder that day came to me through the last words she spoke to me. “David, surely you know that you are not Bear. You are Raven.”

$19.95

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I Can't Have Bannock But The Beaver Has A Dam
Authors:
Bernelda Wheeler
Content Territory: Cree, Saulteaux
Format: Paperback
A boy patiently listens to his mother''s reasons for not making bannock-all the result of a beaver''s need to make a dam. Includes a bannock recipe!
$12.00

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I Help/Niwechihaw
Authors:
Caitlin Dale Nicholson
Content Territory: Cree, Tahltan
Format: Paperback
Written and illustrated by members of the Tahltan and Cree nations, this sweet, simple story looks at a very special relationship. A young boy goes for a walk with his kohkom, or grandmother, listening, picking, praying, eating . . . just as she does. In doing so, he begins to learn the rich cultural traditions and values of his Cree heritage.

Leona Neilson's thoughtful text and Caitlin Dale Nicholson’s acrylic-on-canvas illustrations blend beautifully to show both the deep bond between the boy and his grandmother and the beauty of their world. Poetic, resonant text makes this an ideal read-aloud for young ears.
$12.95

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I Like Who I Am
Authors:
Tara White
Content Territory: Mohawk
Format: Paperback
Celina is a young Mohawk girl who moves with her mother to her mother's home reserve. She is teased by classmates because of her blond, blue-eyed appearance. Her great grandmother helps her understand that being Mohawk is not about how she looks, but what she feels in her heart.
$12.95

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Jenneli's Dance
Authors:
Elizabeth Denny
Content Territory: Métis
Format: Paperback
Jenneli is a shy young girl who feels that she is nothing special, until she learns about the Metis Red-River Jig from her grandma. One day, Grandma Lucee enters her into a jigging contest. Jenneli's Dance is a story that instills a sense of pride in the Metis culture, and deals with low self-esteem.
$12.95

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Jingle Dancer
Authors:
Cynthia L Smith
Content Territory: Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Format: Hardcover
Jenna, a contemporary Muscogee (Creek) girl, wants to honor a family tradition by jingle dancing at the next powwow. But where will she find enough jingles for her dress? An unusual, warm family story, beautifully evoked in Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu's watercolor art. Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies 2001, National Council for SS & Child. Book Council. Ages 4-8
$21.99

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