Early and Middle Years Indigenous Books and Resources Indigenous Ad Hoc Committee As Long as the Rivers Flow By Larry Loyie with Constance Brissenden Middle Years Resource Illustrations but presented in small chapters Combination of art, story and documentation A memoir that is set in 1944 of Lawrence Loyie when he was 10 years old. This was the last summer that he spent with
his Cree family before he was forced to attend residential school. Caribou Song Atihko Nikamon Written by Tomson Highway Illustrated by John Rombough This picture book can by used for all grades. Tomson Highway and John Rombough have amazing personal stories that can be part of grade four Social Studies in learning about famous Canadians. Written in English with Cree translations Joe and Cody are young Cree brothers who follow the caribou all year long, tucked into their dog sled with Mama and Papa. To entice the wandering herds, Joe plays his accordion and Cody dances, whirling like a young caribou. They are so busy playing and dancing, they don't hear the
rumble of the caribou.This story teaches of the importance of respecting the land that we live on and teaches of customs of northern Manitoba. Hawk By Jennifer Dance Grade 5+ novel Set in Albertas oil sands, a crosscountry runner named Adam is focused on his races until he is diagnosed with leukemia. This causes his perspectives and priorities to change. His focus shifts to protecting traditional lands and animals. This books covers topics and opposing views related to industry
and human impact on the environment. I Am Not A Number By Jenny Kay Dupuis & Kathy Kacer Picture book: Could be used at all grade levels. Based on a true story, this book focuses on a family that lived on Nipissing First Nation. It focuses on the familys three children that were send away to Residential School, very far from the family home. This story depicts the struggles that the children faced while away from home and the courage their father displayed when the agent arrived to take the children back to the school after summer break. This book also includes a section with
photographs, about the real family. Kamik an Inuit Puppy Story Adapted from the memories of Donald Uluadluak Early Years and Middle Years Resource Inspired by the real-life recollections of an elder from Arviat, Nunavut. This book lovingly recreates the traditional dog-rearing practices that prevailed when Inuit relied on dogs for transportation and survival.
Adapted from the memories of Matilda Sulurayok Kamiks First Sled An Early Years/Middle Ears Resource A picture book that is inspired by the life memories of Arviat, Nunavut, elder Matilda Sulurayok, this book lovingly recreates basic dog-rearing practices that even the youngest dog lover can try Not My Girl By Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret PokiakFenton An early-years/middle-years picture book
A picture book version of Stranger At Home which is the true, life story of Margaret (an Inuit girl who goes to a residential school and has a hard time adjusting to her traditional life upon her return home) Middle Years lesson plan (related to writing, art, and critical thinking) is available in this kit. Read aloud is available on Youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I98lOZ_Ued A&t=13s Interview with author is available on Youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4gBwADGn Ws Lesson plans available with this book. Paint
By Jennifer Dance Grade 5+ Historical Fiction Novel The life journey of an orphaned mustang who is first trained for the buffalo hunt by Noisy Horse (a Lakota boy) and his dad. Following the U.S. Cavalry attack on the Lakota camp, Paint has several different owners in her life until she eventually ends up with English pioneers who are settling on the Canadian Prairies (Saskatchewan). This story entwines
that of a horse, the pioneer life (and challenges) and the irreversible environmental changes to the grasslands. Middle Years novel study available with book. Red Wolf By Jennifer Dance Grade 5+ 2016 MYRCA nominee (historical fiction novel) Red Wolf is a 5 yr old boy who is forced to attend a residential school. His companion is a wolf named Crooked Ear. Red Wolf struggles with his identity as he is forced to learn a new language, religion, and way of life.
Middle Years Novel study is available with this book. Runs With Courage By Joan M. Wolf Ages: 9-12 Fiction (novel) Ten-year-old Four Winds is a young Lakota girl caught up in the changes brought about by her people's forced move to the reservation. Set in the Dakota Territory, it is the year 1880. Four Winds has been taken away from her family and brought to a boarding school run by whites. It is here she is taught English and learns how to assimilate into white culture. But soon she discovers that the teachers at this school are not interested in assimilation but rather in erasing her culture. On the reservation, Four
Winds had to fight against starvation. Now she must fight to hold on to who she is. Teacher guide is available with this book. Secret Path By Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire A graphic novel and poetry/song book that creatively explores the tragic story of Chaine Wenjak (a young boy who tried to escape a residential school but sadly died) Many cross-curricular activities and lessons are available to use with this book (early/middle/senior years) created by Manitoba teachers as an MTS incentive. http://www.mbteach.org/mtscms/2017/04/26/secret-path-less on-plans/ Video version of this book is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGd764YU9yc&t=324s
Additional resource: http://secretpath.ca/ Resources available with this book. Stolen Words By Melanie Florence Picture book: Could be used at all grade levels When a little girl comes home from school one day and asked her grandpa how to say something in his Cree language, he is sad that he cannot teach her. He tells her that his words were stolen from him when he was taken to live at a residential school as a boy. The little girl then sets out to
help her find his language again. The Diamond Willow Walking Stick Story told and Illustrated by Leah Marie Dorion Mischif translation by Norman Fleury Book includes a CD to the story being told in traditional Michif as well as in English All grades would benefit from this story about generosity. The Diamond Willow Walking Stick It is a traditional Metis story. It teaches of how to live life in a respectable way within the circle of life. The beautiful illustrations enhance the powerful story of the importance of giving and the learning that comes with thinking of others before ourselves.
These Are My Words By Ruby Slipperjack (a Residential School Survivor) A Dear Canada Novel Grade 5+ Historical fiction (journal form) . Set in Northern Ontario (1966), 12-year-old Violet keeps a hidden journal, recording what life is like for her being forced to attend a residential school. Everything she brought to school with her has been taken away and has been replaced with clothing marked with the number 75 on it. She is now #75, but she still tries hard to remember and record things about her traditional language and culture.
Touching Spirit Bear By Ben Mikaelsen An upper-middle years novel A fictional story about a violent teenage boy named Cole who moves to an Alaskan Island (based on the Native American Circle Justice) to avoid going to prison. Here he meets a huge Spirit Bear that changes his life. He begins a journey of healing, facing his personal history of violence. When We Were Alone David A. Robertson
Julie Flett Grades K-3 When We Were Alone is a story about life in residential school.When a young girl helps tend to her grandmothers garden, she begins to notice things about her grandmother that make her curious. Why does her grandmother have long braided hair and wear beautifully coloured clothing? Why does she speak another language and spend so much time with her family? As she asks her grandmother about these things, she is told about life in a residential school a long time ago, where everything was taken away. This book is published by Portage and Main Press. To access an interview with David Robertson go to http://www.portageandmainpress.com/product/whenwe-wer e-alone/ here you will see and interview of an early years teacher
who has used the book to teach about the history of residential schools in here early years classroom. The Book Kit All of these books and corresponding resources will be stored at Ste. Anne Elementary School. Teachers or schools interested in borrowing specific resources can contact Rebecca Brown ( [email protected]) to have it couriered to their building. The materials are to be returned by courier to SAE when done with them.
Growing Resources One of the goals of the Indigenous Ad Hoc Committee is to not only see these resources be explored and used in a variety of classrooms across the division, but to also be a way for teachers to share resources pertaining to these books! Teachers who borrow the materials are encouraged (if they wish) to include a copy of any materials they create or additional resources they find pertaining to the books when returning materials to SAE. These resources will be stored and shared with other teachers borrowing materials so that we can share ideas, and help colleagues
across the division as we explore the use of Indigenous texts in our classrooms!
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