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Take Us To Your Chief
Content Territory: Ojibway
Format: Paperback
A forgotten Haudenosaunee social song beams into the cosmos like a homing beacon for interstellar visitors. A computer learns to feel sadness and grief from the history of atrocities committed against First Nations. A young Native man discovers the secret to time travel in ancient petroglyphs. Drawing inspiration from science fiction legends like Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury, Drew Hayden Taylor frames classic science-fiction tropes in an Aboriginal perspective.

The nine stories in this collection span all traditional topics of science fiction--from peaceful aliens to hostile invaders; from space travel to time travel; from government conspiracies to connections across generations. Yet Taylor's First Nations perspective draws fresh parallels, likening the cultural implications of alien contact to those of the arrival of Europeans in the Americas, or highlighting the impossibility of remaining a "good Native" in such an unnatural situation as a space mission.

Infused with Native stories and variously mysterious, magical and humorous, Take Us to Your Chief is the perfect mesh of nostalgically 1950s-esque science fiction with modern First Nations discourse.

Taking Back Our Spirits: Indigenous Literature, Public Policy, and Healing
Format: Paperback
From the earliest settler policies to deal with the “Indian problem,” to contemporary government-run programs ostensibly designed to help Indigenous people, public policy has played a major role in creating the historical trauma that so greatly impacts the lives of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. Taking Back Our Spirits traces the link between Canadian public policies, the injuries they have inflicted on Indigenous people, and Indigenous literature’s ability to heal individuals and communities. Episkenew examines contemporary autobiography, fiction, and drama to reveal how these texts respond to and critique public policy, and how literature functions as “medicine” to help cure the colonial contagion.

Tales from the Big Spirit Series Teacher's Guide
Author: Katya Ferguson
Format: Coil Bound
This teacher's guide is designed to help classroom teacher's use the graphic novel series, Tales From Big Spirit, by David Alexander Robertson. The guide provides detailed lessons that meet a wide range of language arts and social studies goals, integrate Indigenous perspectives, and make curricular content more accessible to diverse learners.

Tales Of Burning Love: A Novel
Author: Louise Erdrich
Format: Paperback
Louise Edrich’s Tales of Burning Love is a darkly humorous novel of wild romance and heartbreak set against a raging North Dakota blizzard as five Great Plains women bond over their shared connection to one man.

Stranded in the storm just outside of Fargo, Jack Mauser’s former wives pass the night by remembering how each came to love, marry, and ultimately move beyond Jack. Painful and comic by turns, the women’s tales bind them together.

National Book Award–winning author Louise Edrich’s characteristic powers of observation and poetic prose combine in a tale that is another tour-de-force from one of America’s most formidable writers.

This edition of Tales of Burning Love includes a P.S. section with additional insights from the author, background material, suggestions for further reading, and more.

Talking Tools: Faces of Aboriginal Oral Tradition in Contemporary Society
Author: Patrick Scott
Format: Paperback
Talking Tools: Faces of Aboriginal Oral Tradition in Contemporary Society explores the power of oral tradition in Aboriginal society as a foundational cultural and linguistic tool. Four distinct elements are examined: the story-keepers; the importance of practice; the emergence of new stories; and the challenges of sustainability. Finally, the emergence of new technologies and their relevance to the sustainability of the tradition and art of storytelling are discussed.

Author: Flora Rideout
Format: Paperback
Written in Cree with a glossary of Cree - English in back of book.

In today’s busy technological age, with English as the dominant language, it is difficult for young Cree parents to keep the language alive for future generations. And as the language is lost, so is the culture.

Flora Rideout, a Cree from Moose Lake, MB, wrote this book as a resource for young moms and dads who would like to teach their children Cree. She believes that it is important that language learning starts at a young age.

Flora recalls that when she was growing up, it was much easier to keep her Native language. She spoke only Cree until she started to go to school.

Taste Seasonal Dishes from a Prairie Table
Author: CJ Katz
Format: Paperback
A feast for the eyes and food for the soul.

Taste: Seasonal Dishes from a Prairie Table showcases local ingredients in delicious, easy-to-follow recipes perfect for sharing with family and friends. With stunning photography and an engaging narrative, this important new cookbook celebrates the bounty and richness of Canada’s prairies.
In Taste, cooking expert and documentary food photographer CJ Katz guides you on a culinary journey through the prairies. More than 120 recipes and seasonal menus will feed your belly, fire your spirit, and leave you hungering for more of the tastes that Saskatchewan and the prairies have to offer.
Foreword by Anita Stewart, author, culinary activist, creator of Food Day Canada.

Teach Writing Well: How to Assess Writing, Invigorate Instruction, and Rethink Revision
Author: Ruth Culham
Format: Paperback
Ask successful writers and they’ll tell you, the key to writing well is revision. Ask elementary school teachers and they’ll tell you, the real challenge of writing instruction is teaching kids how to revise. Ruth Culham is both a successful writer and a writing teacher, and she’s discovered how to teach writing and revision in a way that’s accessible to both teacher and students: First read the writing, assess it using the traits of writing, then teach the writers and guide revision decisions using traits as a common language and map.

This book shows you how to assess and teach writing in a way that’s practical and doable—and best of all, see results. Traits-based revision lies at the heart of this book, as it’s been at the heart of Ruth’s career in writing instruction. Rethinking revision is what will ultimately help you to Teach Writing Well.

Educator Information
Part 1 walks you through the traits of writing and their key qualities, showing step by step how to read students’ writing and offer feedback that nudges them forward through the revision process. Chapters will help you address challenges students face within each mode of writing (narrative, expository, persuasive), and provide tools young writers can use to evaluate their own writing and make revision decisions accordingly.

Part 2 dives into instruction, offering specific guidance for how to use what you’ve learned from reading student writing to design lessons that scaffold students toward making their own craft decisions and revisions. In addition, there’s an entire chapter devoted to mentor texts that you can use to model traits and key qualities for your students.

Grade Range: 2-6

Additional Information
224 pages

Teacher's Guide for the Seven Teachings Stories
Author: Katya Ferguson
Format: Paperback
Designed to help teachers in early years classrooms use The Seven Teachings Stories series, by Katherena Vermette, this guide provides the framework and key ideas educators need to become participants in a culturally responsive classroom community and to deepen their understanding of the Seven Teachings. With these stories, educators can create a space to discuss diverse perspectives, experiences, and traditions with young readers, and to foster a deeper understanding of ourselves as human beings and of our relationships with others.

This guide is presented in three sections and includes:

Key information about the Seven Teachings, Anishinaabe vocabulary, and the characters in each story.

Ideas to guide student learning.

Approaches and suggestions that teachers can apply to any of the seven stories.

Strategies and activities to deepen readers’ understanding of the abstract concepts addressed in the stories.
An appendix of reproducible classroom materials.


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Teaching Each Other
Format: Paperback
In recent decades, educators have been seeking ways to improve outcomes for Indigenous students. Yet most Indigenous education still takes place within a theoretical framework based in Eurocentric thought. Teaching Each Other provides an alternative framework for teachers working with Indigenous students – one that moves beyond merely acknowledging Indigenous culture to one that actually strengthens Indigenous identity. Drawing on Nehinuw (Cree) concepts such as kiskinaumatowin, or "teaching each other," Goulet and Goulet demonstrate how teachers and students can become partners in education. They provide a template for educators anywhere who want to engage with students whose culture is different from that of the mainstream.

Teaching Kids With Mental Health & Learning Disorders in the Regular Classroom
Author: Myles Cooley
Format: Paperback
What do you do to help a student who worries all the time and has persistent fears? How do you help the child whose extreme mood changes interfere with learning? Are you challenged by kids who are overly aggressive or defiant? And what do you know about dealing with ADHD, OCD, NVLD, GAD, PTSD, communication disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome, eating disorders, learning disabilities, autism, and social phobias?

Without a doubt, you are teaching a wide spectrum of students in your mainstream classroom. It’s estimated that ten million young people deal with challenges that make it difficult for them to learn or behave appropriately in the classroom. This includes up to 10 percent of students in the regular classroom who have a learning disability, and 20 percent who have a mental health disorder that interferes with daily life. Given the many challenges you face each day, this essential teacher resource can help you address students’ special needs.

Who will benefit from using this book?
- regular classroom teachers
- school counselors and psychologists
- classroom aides
- special education teachers
- school administrators
- parents
- childcare providers
- What key features are essential for educators?

The heart of this book deals with mental health conditions and learning disorders that are likely to be present in today’s classrooms, including anxiety and mood disorders, communication disorders, learning disabilities, and social/relational disorders. Click on “view book excerpt” for the Table of Contents to see a complete list of the more than 20 mental health and learning disorders addressed. Each disorder or condition is described in jargon-free terms with the specific behaviors and symptoms to look for. Then user-friendly classroom strategies and interventions are given, along with suggested professional treatment that may be needed.

In addition, the book discusses the role of the school in addressing mental health and learning disorders, helps you plan for assessing students’ needs, and outlines effective classroom policies and procedures. Educators will find helpful tips for teaching strategies that meet diverse student needs, build important social and emotional skills, and establish a safe and caring classroom.

Teaching With Intention
Author: Debbie Miller
Format: Paperback
Teaching With Intention
Defining Beliefs, Aligning Practice, Taking Action, K-5

Effective, intentional teaching begins with a strong set of beliefs, but even the best teachers—including Debbie Miller—struggle to make sure that their classroom practice consistently reflects their core convictions. In Teaching with Intention, Debbie shares her process of defining beliefs, aligning practice, and taking action to ensure that children are the true beneficiaries of her teaching. From setting up the classroom environment to the intentional use of language, from comprehension instruction to lesson design, Debbie is explicit about what she does and why. At the same time, she encourages teachers to develop their own belief statements concerning teaching and learning, and includes key questions to guide them in this important process.

Tears in the Grass
Author: Lynda A. Archer
Format: Paperback

For Elinor Greystone, the only way forward is back into the past.

At ninety years of age, Elinor, a Saskatchewan Cree artist, inveterate roll-your-own smoker, and talker to rivers and stuffed bison, sets out to find something that was stolen almost a lifetime ago. With what little time she has left, she is determined to find the child taken from her after she, only a child herself, was raped at a residential school.

It is 1968, and a harsh winter and harsher attitudes await Elinor, her daughter, and her granddaughter as they set out on an odyssey to right past wrongs, enduring a present that tests their spirit and chips away at their aboriginal heritage. Confronting a history of trauma, racism, love, and cultural survival, Tears in the Grass is the story of an unflagging woman searching for the courage to open her heart to a world that tried to tear it out.


Ted Harrison Collected
Format: Paperback
Celebrating beloved Canadian artists, this Collected series is beautifully designed with an affordable format, ideal for gift buyers and visitors.

Canadian artist Ted Harrison began to paint as a young boy in school, and in the years since, has worked and taught as an artist, illustrator and author. The artistís move to the Yukon in the 1960s opened up his style to the breathtaking artistic interpretations of sea, land and sky that are so strongly associated with his work. This collection showcases the multitudes of subjects and settings that he depicts in his signature style of sweeping lines and broad swatches of solid pigment.

Pairing bold, whimsical colours with sophisticated depictions of the life and culture of the people who live in the wintery North, Ted Harrison's paintings have a time-tested value and charm that appeals to all ages.

This volume is a compendium of some of Harrisonís best and most memorable paintings. With an introductory essay by author Robert Budd, this collection is a tribute to one of Canada's most-loved artists.
Authentic Canadian Content

Ten Legends Workbook: Ojibwa and Iroquois Legends
Author: Jim Tole
Format: Paperback
This workbook is a compilation of the previously published Oral Native History of Southern Ontario, by the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre.

The readings and lessons provide learners with culturally based information that is meaningful, interesting and that strengthens and tests literacy skills.

Each of the ten teachings are followed by the same type and order of activities. Repetition can be reassuring for new readers because there is a predictable pattern.

There is an answer key included for all of the exercises.

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