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Indigenous Education K-12

About this Guide

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The guide will help Education students locate a wide variety of resources for integrating First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) perspectives and experiences relating to K-12 education available through Lakehead University Libraries and online.  This guide will also assist in locating resources related to the history of Aboriginal Education, including residential schools.  

You may also wish to consult the Teacher Resource Guides listed below: 

New Children & Young Adult Titles at the Education Libraries

Walking in Two Worlds

An Indigenous teen girl caught is between two worlds, both real and virtual, in the YA fantasy debut from bestselling Indigenous author Wab Kinew. Perfect for fans of Ready Player One and the Otherworld series. Bugz is caught between two worlds. In the real world, she's a shy and self-conscious Indigenous teen who faces the stresses of teenage angst and life on the Rez. But in the virtual world, her alter ego is not just confident but dominant in a massively multiplayer video game universe. Feng is a teen boy who has been sent from China to live with his aunt, a doctor on the Rez, after his online activity suggests he may be developing extremist sympathies. Meeting each other in real life, as well as in the virtual world, Bugz and Feng immediately relate to each other as outsiders and as avid gamers. And as their connection is strengthened through their virtual adventures, they find that they have much in common in the real world, too- both must decide what to do in the face of temptations and pitfalls, and both must grapple with the impacts of family challenges and community trauma. But betrayal threatens everything Bugz has built in the virtual world, as well as her relationships in the real world, and it will take all her newfound strength to restore her friendship with Feng and reconcile the parallel aspects of her life- the traditional and the mainstream, the east and the west, the real and the virtual.

Just Lucky

Lucky loves her grandparents, and they are all the family she really has. True, her grandma forgets things...like turning off the stove, or Lucky's name. But her grandpa takes such good care of them that Lucky doesn't realize how bad things are. That is until he's gone. When her grandma accidentally sets the kitchen on fire, Lucky can't hide what's happening any longer, and she is sent into foster care. She quickly learns that some foster families are okay. Some aren't. And some really, really aren't. Is it possible to find a home again when the only one you've ever known has been taken from you?

I Can Make This Promise

In her debut middle grade novel--inspired by her family's history--Christine Day tells the story of a girl who uncovers her family's secrets--and finds her own Native American identity. All her life, Edie has known that her mom was adopted by a white couple. So, no matter how curious she might be about her Native American heritage, Edie is sure her family doesn't have any answers. Until the day when she and her friends discover a box hidden in the attic--a box full of letters signed "Love, Edith," and photos of a woman who looks just like her. Suddenly, Edie has a flurry of new questions about this woman who shares her name. Could she belong to the Native family that Edie never knew about? But if her mom and dad have kept this secret from her all her life, how can she trust them to tell her the truth now?

Sus Yoo / the Bear's Medicine

A mother bear shares with her cubs how to be grateful for all they have in the natural world. The Bear's Medicineshows the interconnectedness of all things in the world they live in and how each season brings changes and blessings for the bears. It is a story of a mother's love for her children as she teaches them how to survive. Written in English and Dakelh.

Being (Me)tis

A tale about identity, community, and blood memory, Being (Mé)tis, is a young woman's story of growing up without knowledge of her heritage. Although she feels like she is alone in her struggle, the young woman slowly realizes that community is more than just the people who live around you.

The Train

Ashley meets her great-uncle by the old train tracks near their community in Nova Scotia. Ashley sees his sadness, and Uncle tells her of the day years ago when he and the other children from their community were told to board the train before being taken to residential school where their lives were changed forever. They weren't allowed to speak Mi'gmaq and were punished if they did. There was no one to give them love and hugs and comfort. Uncle also tells Ashley how happy she and her sister make him. They are what give him hope. Ashley promises to wait with her uncle by the train tracks, in remembrance of what was lost.

All Creation Represented: A Child's Guide to the Medicine Wheel

"All Creation Represented: A Child's Guide To The Medicine Wheel is an authentic perspective on traditional First Nations' teachings designed to introduce young learners to how they can know and understand the world around them. The Anishinaabe/Ojibwa Nation has a teaching that the Medicine Wheel is the circle of life. All of creation is represented on the Wheel, which is a distinct way of knowing about nature and science, people and interpersonal experience, culture and education, families and communities, and justice and healthy relationships. The Medicine Wheel teaches that all things move in a circular direction towards unity, and that equality, respect, healing, and the spirit of oneness is represented in these various aspects of life."-- Provided by publisher.

Educational Organizations

New Indigenous Ebooks/Teaching Resources