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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.  This guide will also assist in locating resources related to the history of Aboriginal Education, including residential schools.

Newly Added Books (Click on Title for Location)

#Notyourprincess: voices of Native American women

Whether looking back to a troubled past or welcoming a hopeful future, the powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America resound in this book. In the same style as the best-selling Dreaming in Indian, #Not Your Princess presents an eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art that combine to express the experience of being a Native woman. Stories of abuse, humiliation, and stereotyping are countered by the voices of passionate women making themselves heard and demanding change. Sometimes angry, often reflective, but always strong, the women in this book will give teen readers insight into the lives of women who, for so long, have been virtually invisible.  

Akilak's Adventure

When Akilak must travel a great distance to another camp to gather food, she thinks she will never be able to make it. With a little help from her grandmother's spirit, and her own imagination to keep her entertained, Akilak manages to turn a long journey into an adventure. Even though she at first feels that she will never be able to reach her destination, she keeps her grandmother's assurance that her "destination is not running away; it will be reached eventually" in mind and ends up enjoying the journey that at first seemed so daunting.

The Secret of Your Name: proud to be Métis = Kiimooch ka shinikashooyen : aen kishchitaymook aen li Michif iwik

Text in English and Michif.
An illustrated introduction to Canada's Métis that describes their history and traditions and features bilingual text in English and Michif. Includes an audio CD.The story of a person discovering their Metis heritage, and looking back over the culture and history of the Metis.

Fiddle Dancer = Li daanseur di vyaeloon

"While spending time with his grandfather Nolin discovers his Métis heritage and the importance that Elders have as role models. He conquers a childs apprehension at learning new things and forms a special bond with his grandparents."--Publisher's description.

The Owl and the Lemming

As Owl swoops down and blocks the entrance to a lemming den, he is sure that he has a tasty meal in the little animal he has cornered. But this lemming is not about to be eaten! This smart little rodent will need to appeal to the boastful owl's sense of pride to get away. This fun and cheeky tale is accompanied by full-colour still photographs of illustrated characters on a hand-built set.

Pii Isaac Biimskookaat : Isaac's Seasons

An Anishnaabe boy, Isaac, and his experiences with the four seasons, or his circling on Earth, are described. Written entirely in Ojibwe, with English translations.

Turtle Island: The Story of North America's First People

Unlike most books that chronicle the history of Native peoples beginning with the arrival of Europeans in 1492, this book goes back to the Ice Age to give young readers a glimpse of what life was like pre-contact. The title, Turtle Island, refers to a Native myth that explains how North and Central America were formed on the back of a turtle. Based on archeological finds and scientific research, we now have a clearer picture of how the Indigenous people lived. Using that knowledge, the authors take the reader back as far as 14,000 years ago to imagine moments in time. A wide variety of topics are featured, from the animals that came and disappeared over time, to what people ate, how they expressed themselves through art, and how they adapted to their surroundings. The importance of story-telling among the Native peoples is always present to shed light on how they explained their world. The end of the book takes us to modern times when the story of the Native peoples is both tragic and hopeful.