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How the Robin Got Its Red Breast: A Legend of the Sechelt People
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

These traditional teaching legends come straight from the oral traditions of the Sechelt Nation. Simple enough to be understood by young children, yet compelling enough for adults, they are gentle, beautifully presented cautionary tales. You'll want to read them again and again - and you'll learn a few words of the Shishalh language while you're at it.

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"Long ago, when groups of people were living in caves to keep their families fed and warm, young men set out to search for food. After days of staying awake to keep the fire going, the grandfather left in charge fell asleep, and the fire grew dim. The resident brown robin found everyone asleep the next morning with the embers barely lit. This traditional story tells how the courageous little gray robin saves the people, and is honored with the color given him." - Oyate

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This book is part of the Legends of the Sechelt Nation series.

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40 pages | 7.00" x 8.50"

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I Lost My Talk
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Mi'kmaq;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3; 4;

I lost my talk
The talk you took away
When I was a little girl
At Shubenacadie school.

One of Rita Joe's most influential poems, "I Lost My Talk" tells the revered Mi'kmaw Elder's childhood story of losing her language while a resident of the residential school in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. An often quoted piece in this era of truth and reconciliation, Joe's powerful words explore and celebrate the survival of Mi'kmaw culture and language despite its attempted eradication.

A companion book to the simultaneously published I'm Finding My Talk by Rebecca Thomas, I Lost My Talk is a necessary reminder of a dark chapter in Canada's history, a powerful reading experience, and an effective teaching tool for young readers of all cultures and backgrounds. Includes a biography of Rita Joe and striking colour illustrations by Mi'kmaw artist Pauline Young.

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32 pages | 8.00" x 10.00"

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$22.95

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I'm Finding My Talk
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Mi'kmaq;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3; 4;

I'm finding my talk
And it may take some time,
But I'm learning to speak
In a language that's mine.

A response to Rita Joe's iconic poem "I Lost My Talk," and published simultaneously with the new children's book edition illustrated by Pauline Young, comes a companion picture book by award-winning spoken-word artist and Mi'kmaw activist Rebecca Thomas. A second-generation residential school survivor, Thomas writes this response poem openly and honestly, reflecting on the process of working through the destructive effects of colonialism.

From sewing regalia to dancing at powow to learning traditional language, I'm Finding My Talk is about rediscovering her community, and finding culture. Features stunning, vibrant illustrations by Mi'kmaw artist Pauline Young.

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32 pages | 8.00" x 10.00"

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Jumping Mouse: A Native American Legend of Friendship and Sacrifice
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Native American;

Jumping Mouse is just like another other mouse, except she has a dream—a dream to reach the fabled High Places. But one small mouse can’t make the long journey alone. At the start of her journey, Jumping Mouse is gifted new long legs from wise Grandfather Frog. Filled with gratitude, she soon meets others who need assistance just like she did: a buffalo that cannot see and a wolf that cannot smell. In order to aid them, she must sacrifice her own sight and hearing, putting her dream of the High Places at risk. Through perseverance and belief, Jumping Mouse discovers who she was truly meant to be, and demonstrates the value of friendship, selflessness, and sacrifice.

Characters come to life through striking photographs of ash-fired ceramic sculptures, giving a fresh twist to this retelling of a timeless tale from the oral tradition.

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Recommended for ages 4 to 8.

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32 pages | 10.62" x 9.45"

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$26.95

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Mayuk the Grizzly Bear: A Legend of the Sechelt People
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3; 4;

These traditional teaching legends come straight from the oral traditions of the Sechelt Nation. Simple enough to be understood by young children, yet compelling enough for adults, they are gentle, beautifully presented cautionary tales. You'll want to read them again and again - and you'll learn a few words of the Shishalh language while you're at it.

Reviews
"In the naming of his great-grandson, a grandfather relates the story of how Mayuk met his match at the hands of three brothers, and how one, who was wounded, was healed by Indian medicine. To celebrate his survival, the grandfather named his grandson Mayuk so he would have the attributes of that animal. That this book is a story within a story within a story within a story is a common Northwest Coast oral history device." - Oyate

Series Information
This book is part of the Legends of the Sechelt Nation series.

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40 pages | 7.00" x 8.50"

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$9.95

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Nunavummi Reading Series: The Northern Lights
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1;

Learn all about the northern lights!

This book is an introduction to the northern lights, what they look like, where they can be seen, what causes them, and traditional stories about them.

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This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic.  It is a Level 8 book in the series. 

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Levelling System. This book's F&P Level is G.

Curriculum Connections: Language and literacy; Indigenous perspectives; Diversity; History; Heritage; Environmental Awareness. 

Recommended for ages 4-6.

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20 pages | 8.00" x 8.00"

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Phyllis's Orange Shirt
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1;

When Phyllis was a little girl she was excited to go to residential school for the first time. Her Granny bought her a bright orange shirt that she loved and she wore it to school for her first day. When she arrived at school her bright orange shirt was taken away. This is both Phyllis Webstad's true story and the story behind Orange Shirt Day which is a day for us all to reflect upon the treatment of First Nations people and the message that 'Every Child Matters'.

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Phyllis's Orange Shirt is an adaptation of The Orange Shirt Story which was the best selling children's book in Canada for several weeks in September 2018. This true story also inspired the movement of Orange Shirt Day which could become a federal statutory holiday.  A page of information about this day is included at the end of the book.

Adapted for ages 4-6.

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30 pages | 9.00" x 8.00"

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$11.95

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Powwow Dancing With Family
Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

Drumming, singing, and dancing are all part of being at a Powwow. Perry and his family travel all over North America to participate in these family and community gatherings. Join Perry’s two boys as they share their treasured memories of being at Powwows with their family and learning how to dance.

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"This engaging Canadian picture book shares the perspectives of the author and his two eldest sons—who participate in modern powwow dancing—on the powwow and its role as a celebration and tradition in Indigenous culture. Lavishly illustrated with photographs, vivid sketches, and ledger art, it provides a detailed description of each stage of the powwow, historical and contemporary aspects of the powwow, and pays homage to Indigenous culture and customs. This informative resource will support studies of Indigenous culture, history, traditions, community, art, and family lifestyle. Additional educational pages provide further information on powwows, traditional regalia, and dances." -ERAC Review, May 2019

Educator Information
Includes three pages of educational material on Powwows with information found under these headings:

  • What is a Powwow?
  • Powwow Regalia
  • Powwow Dances

About Perry Smith's Ledger Art:
Ledger Art is an art form that was developed in the mid 1800s to early 1900s by the Plains First Nations during a time when reserves were being established across North America. The ledger books were acquired in trade, war, or raid. New art supplies were also introduced: coloured pencils, crayons, and occasionally water paints. The new supplies were favoured by artists over the traditional bone and stick brushes. Many of the artworks within these ledger books display a traditional way of life, before assimilation. Today these artworks are greatly valued for the historical perspective that they offer.

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32 pages | 8" x 8" | ISBN: 9781771743310 | Hardcover 

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Salmon Boy: A Legend of the Sechelt People
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3; 4;

In Salmon Boy: A Legend of the Sechelt People, a young boy is captured by a Chum salmon and brought to the country of the salmon people-a dry land beneath water where "the salmon people walked about the same as people do above the sea." The boy lived with them for one year, and his captivity becomes a source of learning that will ensure the survival of his own people.

After accompanying the salmon people on their run, the Sechelt boy hops out of the river and returns home to teach everything he has learned to his people who, from that time forward, treat the salmon properly and always have enough to eat. The salmon people, now respected by the humans, happily "give their rich flesh to feed the people of the land."

This beautiful story is accompanied by black and white illustrations of the boy and his adventures. Though written especially for children, Salmon Boy, with its simple message of responsibility and respect, will appeal to all ages.

Educator Information
Simple and compelling First Nations drawings illustrate this dynamic story that teaches respect for the environment and describes the life cycle of the salmon.

Series Information
This book is part of the Legends of the Sechelt Nation series.

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24 pages | 7.00" x 8.50"

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Siuluk: The Last Tuniq
Artists:
Rob Nix
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2;

Siuluk is a very strong man. He’s so strong that people tell him he must be the last of the Tuniit, friendly giants who once lived in the North. Just like those giants, Siuluk is so strong that he can carry an entire walrus over his shoulder.

But not everyone believes that Siuluk is strong. One day, when a group of men tease Siuluk about his size, he has to find a way to prove his strength once and for all—but how?

Based on traditional stories from the Chesterfield Inlet area of the Kivalliq region of Nunavut, this tale of Siuluk and his legendary strength will captivate young readers.

Educator Information
Fountas and Pinnell Level N
Suggested Ages: 5-7.

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28 pages | 8.00" x 9.00"

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The Eagle Inside
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Australian;
Grade Levels: Preschool;

A timeless tale about difference, belonging, and courage that will inspire children to have faith in their inner strength.

The smallest bird at school, Jimmy feels certain he will never fit in. But Eagle reminds him that being small isn’t necessarily a weakness, and that being different can also be a strength. This book is loosely based on the author’s university experience of feeling he would never fit in, yet being mentored by a teacher who encouraged him to focus on his inner strength, rather than race or class.

This book is a landmark collaboration between two powerhouses of the Indigenous community of Sydney -- artist, activist, and illustrator Bronwyn Bancroft and her son Jack Manning Bancroft, who is CEO of Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) and has been listed among Sydney's Top 100 Most Influential People.

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Recommended for Grades up to Pre-K.

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32 pages | 8.75" x 10.75"

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The Origin of Day and Night
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Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2;

In this Inuit tale, the actions of a hare and a fox change the Arctic forever by creating day and night. In very early times, there was no night or day and words spoken by chance could become real. When a hare and a fox meet and express their longing for light and darkness, their words are too powerful to be denied. Passed orally from storyteller to storyteller for hundreds of years, this beautifully illustrated story weaves together elements of an origin story and a traditional animal tale, giving young readers a window into Inuit mythology.

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32 pages | 9.00" x 8.00"

 

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The Owl and the Two Rabbits
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Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten;

When two rabbit sisters ignore their parents' warnings and decide to play outside on the open tundra, a hungry owl soon spots them and decides they will make a delicious meal. As a chase ensues, the sisters must act quickly, using the owl's own greed against him in order to get away.  

A traditional Inuit story and cautionary tale, this book presents a centuries-old narrative for a new generation of readers. 

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Recommended for ages 3-5.

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40 pages | 8.00" x 9.00"

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When We Had Sled Dogs: A Story from the Trapline - ācimowin ohci wanihikīskanāhk
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Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Cree (Nehiyawak);
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3; 4; 5;

When We Had Sled Dogs: A Story from the Trapline - ācimowin ohci wanihikīskanāhk takes readers young and old on a journey into the past when dog teams were part of the traditional way of life in Northern Saskatchewan. Inspired by Elder Ida Tremblay’s childhood memories, and told in English with Woodland Cree words and phrases, the story follows the seasonal cycle of trapline life.

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Recommended for ages 5 - 10.

Delivered in English with Woodland Cree words and phrases.

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32 pages | 9.00" x 9.00"
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