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An Anishinaabe child and her grandmother explore the natural wonders of each season in this lyrical, bilingual story-poem. In this…lyrical story-poem, written in Anishinaabemowin and English, a child and grandmother explore their surroundings, taking pleasure in the familiar sights that each new season brings. We accompany them through warm summer days full of wildflowers, bees and blueberries, then fall, when bears feast before hibernation and forest mushrooms are ripe for harvest. Winter mornings begin in darkness as deer, mice and other animals search for food, while spring brings green shoots poking through melting snow and the chirping of peepers. Brittany Luby and Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley have created a book inspired by childhood memories of time spent with Knowledge Keepers, observing and living in relationship with the natural world in the place they call home — the northern reaches of Anishinaabewaking, around the Great Lakes. Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4 Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.5 Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
By Nicola Campbell. 2008
Winner of the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award and finalist for the Governor General's Award: Children's Illustration This moving sequel…to the award-winning Shi-shi-etko tells the story of two children's experience at residential school. Shi-shi-etko is about to return for her second year, but this time her six-year-old brother, Shin-chi, is going, too. As they begin their journey in the back of a cattle truck, Shi-shi-etko tells her brother all the things he must remember: the trees, the mountains, the rivers and the salmon. Shin-chi knows he won't see his family again until the sockeye salmon return in the summertime. When they arrive at school, Shi-shi-etko gives him a tiny cedar canoe, a gift from their father. The children's time is filled with going to mass, school for half the day, and work the other half. The girls cook, clean and sew, while the boys work in the fields, in the woodshop and at the forge. Shin-chi is forever hungry and lonely, but, finally, the salmon swim up the river and the children return home for a joyful family reunion.
By Danielle Daniel. 2015
Children’s love for animals and disguise come together in this award-winning introduction to the Anishinaabe tradition of totem animals.In this…introduction to the Anishinaabe tradition of totem animals, young children explain why they identify with different creatures such as a deer, beaver or moose. Delightful illustrations show the children wearing masks representing their chosen animal, while the few lines of text on each page work as a series of simple poems throughout the book.In a brief author’s note, Danielle Daniel explains the importance of totem animals in Anishinaabe culture and how they can also act as animal guides for young children seeking to understand themselves and others.Key Text Featuresauthor’s noteCorrelates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.7With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.4Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.2Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.7Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).
By Ian Wallace. 2006
This enhanced e-book, in celebration of Groundwood's 35th anniversary, includes a read-aloud feature of the story narrated by Ian Wallace.…Renowned children's book illustrator Ian Wallace brings his masterful ability to paint landscape and his cultural sensitivity to The Huron Carol, a beautiful and unusual song with a rich history. In the early 1600s Father Jean de Brébeuf came to Canada from his native France as a Jesuit missionary. He settled among the Huron, or Ouendat, people in what is now Midland, Ontario. Despite his missionary zeal, Brébeuf was sensitive to the people with whom he lived. He learned their language and he wrote, in Huron, the original version of this famous Christmas carol. He and his fellow priests, called Black Robes, and many of their Huron parishioners were killed in an Iroquois raid in 1649. But Brébeuf's carol continued to be sung by successive generations of Hurons. Then in 1926, Toronto writer Jesse Edgar Middleton, inspired by Brébeuf, wrote his own version of the carol in English. His are the familiar words we sing today, describing the Huron landscape, flora and fauna in telling the Christmas story. Ian Wallace's luminous illustrations, set against the dramatic backdrop of Georgian Bay, make this a stunning Christmas gift book. Multilingual versions of the text, the music and a full description of how this carol has come down to us today are included.
By Constance Brissenden, Larry Loyie. 2002
Winner of the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction In the 1800s, the education of First Nations children was…taken on by various churches, in government-sponsored residential schools. Children were forcibly taken from their families in order to erase their traditional languages and cultures. As Long as the Rivers Flow is the story of Larry Loyie's last summer before entering residential school. It is a time of learning and adventure. He cares for an abandoned baby owl and watches his grandmother make winter moccasins. He helps the family prepare for a hunting and gathering trip. Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.3Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.5Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.
By Wendy Stephenson. 2005
Etseh, Etsi and their three grandchildren have just embarked on a month long canoe trip in the Northwest Territories --…from the town of Rae to Hottah Lake. They are following the Idaa trail, a trade route that the Dogrib people have traveled for hundreds of years. Etseh and Etsi traveled the Idaa trail when they were children and as they paddle north with their grandchildren they pass along their knowledge of special sites along the way and explain how their people survived in the old days -- building birch bark canoes, fishing with willow lines and muskrat-tooth hooks, and ambushing herds of caribou. This remarkable work, based on ten years of archaeological research, documents the past and present of one of the most intact tribal cultures of North America.
By Angnakuluk Friesen. 2017
The northern lights shine, women gather to eat raw caribou meat and everyone could be family in this ode to…small-town life in Nunavut, written in English and Inuktitut. Sisters Angnakuluk Friesen and Ippiksaut Friesen collaborate on this story about what it’s like to grow up in an Inuit community in Nunavut. Every line about the hometown in this book will have readers thinking about what makes their own hometowns unique. With strong social studies curriculum connections, Kisimi Taimaippaktut Angirrarijarani / Only in My Hometown introduces young readers to life in the Canadian North, as well as the Inuit language and culture. Angnakuluk’s simple text, translated into Inuktitut and written out in syllabics and transliterated roman characters, is complemented by Ippiksaut’s warm paintings of their shared hometown. Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.4 Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.4 Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
By Barbara Landry. 2020
In this charming story that includes words in Inuktitut, a ringed seal returns to the Arctic with stories of discovery…and friendship. A ringed seal, known in Inuktitut as ᓇᑦᑎᖅ nattiq, has returned to his Arctic home after a long journey south. His friends — a polar bear, caribou, raven, walrus and narwhal — gather round to hear about his trip. “What did you see beyond our land?” shouts the polar bear. ᓇᑦᑎᖅ nattiq describes the amazing sights he has seen — from crystal clear waters full of giant icebergs to the tundra in full summertime bloom to strange, tall statues, far to the south. The statues swayed in the autumn breeze, howled when winter storms set in and opened their arms to nesting birds in the spring. “They can never come and visit us,” ᓇᑦᑎᖅ nattiq explains to his friends, and so he plans to return south every year to tell them stories from the Arctic. Inspired by her travels, Barbara Landry has written an imaginative story about discovery and friendship. Martha Kyak brings her familiarity with the North to the stunning illustrations. Includes a glossary of Inuktitut words. Key Text Features labels glossary Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.4 Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.
By Betty Waterton. 1978
Simon has always longed to catch a salmon. But when his luck suddenly changes and an eagle accidentally drops one…into a tidal pool, Simon is torn between sympathy for the fish and the desire to catch something of his own. The enhanced epub version, in celebration of Groundwood's 35th anniversary, includes a read-aloud feature of the story narrated by Graham Greene.All summer long, Simon, a young First Nations boy, has been desperate to catch a salmon. He goes fishing every day, but has no luck. Then one day a high-flying eagle drops a salmon into a clam hole right before his eyes, and Simon must decide whether to take it home or let it go.This simple story, with its evocative watercolor paintings of the Northwest Coast, was an environmental fable before its time when it was first published in 1978. But its true power rests in the magical combination of text and pictures, which have made it a best-selling classic.
By Jeff Pinkney, Darlene Gait. 2014
One spring, a nine-year-old Cree boy is visited by a master soapstone carver named Lindy, who gives him four pieces…of soapstone. The primary secret to carving, the boy learns, is recognizing that each piece of soapstone already holds its true form inside. Lindy teaches the boy to listen to the soapstone and look to the world around him for signs as to what to carve. As the seasons change, the young boy's experiences lend him opportunities to develop his carving skills and become attuned to the signs around him. He eagerly awaits the following spring, which will bring Lindy's return and a chance to show off his carvings.
By Waubgeshig Rice. 2018
With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people become passive and confused. Panic builds as…the food supply dwindles. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow. The community leadership loses its grip on power as the visitors manipulate the tired and hungry to take control of the reserve. Tensions rise and, as the months pass, so does the death toll due to sickness and despair. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again. Guided through the chaos by an unlikely leader named Evan Whitesky, they endeavor to restore order while grappling with a grave decision. Bestseller. 2018.
By Eden Robinson. 2018
In an effort to keep all forms of magic at bay, Jared, 17, has quit drugs and drinking. But his…troubles are not over: now he's being stalked by David, his mom's ex--a preppy, khaki-wearing psycho with a proclivity for rib-breaking. And his mother, Maggie, a living, breathing badass as well as a witch, can't protect him like she used to because he's moved away from Kitimat to Vancouver for school. Even though he's got a year of sobriety under his belt (no thanks to his enabling, ever-partying mom), Jared also struggles with the temptation of drinking. And he's got to get his grades up, find a job that doesn't involve weed cookies, and somehow live peacefully with his Aunt Mave, who has been estranged from the family ever since she tried to "rescue" him as a baby from his mother. An indigenous activist and writer, Mave smothers him with pet names and hugs, but she is blind to the real dangers that lurk around them--the spirits and supernatural activity that fill her apartment. As the son of a Trickster, Jared is a magnet for magic, whether he hates it or not--he sees ghosts, he sees the monster moving underneath his Aunt Georgina's skin, he sees the creature that comes out of his bedroom wall and creepily wants to suck his toes. He also still hears the Trickster in his head, and other voices too. When the David situation becomes a crisis, Jared can't ignore his true nature any longer. Bestseller. Sequel to "Son of a trickster". 2018.
By Joshua Whitehead. 2018
"You're gonna need a rock and a whole lotta medicine" is a mantra that Jonny Appleseed, a young Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer, repeats…to himself. Off the reserve and trying to find ways to live and love in the big city, Jonny becomes a cybersex worker who fetishizes himself in order to make a living. Self-ordained as an NDN glitter princess, Jonny has one week before he must return to the "rez"--and his former life--to attend the funeral of his stepfather. The seven days that follow are like a fevered dream: stories of love, trauma, sex, kinship, ambition, and the heartbreaking recollection of his beloved kokum (grandmother). Jonny's world is a series of breakages, appendages, and linkages--and as he goes through the motions of preparing to return home, he learns how to put together the pieces of his life. Winner of Canada Reads 2021. 2018.
By Richard Wagamese. 2018
Franklin Starlight had long settled into a quiet and predictable life working his remote farm. But his contemplative existence is…turned upside down by the sudden arrival of Emmy, a woman who has committed a desperate act so she and her child can escape a harrowing life of violence. After Emmy has a run-in with the law, Starlight agrees to take in her and her daughter to help them get back on their feet. Over time, he introduces them to the land and patiently teaches them the skills that have allowed him not only to survive but to find communion with the world, and, gradually, this accidental family changes Starlight and Emmy in ways they never imagined. But Emmy's abusive ex isn't content to just let her go. He wants revenge and is hunting her down. "Starlight" was unfinished at the time of Richard Wagamese's death, yet every page radiates with his masterful storytelling, intense humanism, and insights that are as hard-earned as they are beautiful. Bestseller. 2018.
By Tanya Tagaq. 2018
A girl grows up in Nunavut in the 1970s. She knows joy, and friendship, and parents' love. She knows boredom,…and listlessness, and bullying. She knows the tedium of the everyday world, and the raw, amoral power of the ice and sky, the seductive energy of the animal world. She knows the ravages of alcohol, and violence at the hands of those she should be able to trust. She sees the spirits that surround her, and the immense power that dwarfs all of us. When she becomes pregnant, she must navigate all this. Veering back and forth between the grittiest features of a small arctic town, the electrifying proximity of the world of animals, and ravishing world of myth, Tanya Tagaq explores a world where the distinctions between good and evil, animal and human, victim and transgressor, real and imagined lose their meaning, but the guiding power of love remains. Bestseller. 2018.
By Kelly Ward, Neil Christopher, Aviaq Johnston. 2017
After a strange and violent blizzard leaves young shaman-in-training Pitu stranded on the sea ice--without his dog team or any…weapons to defend himself--he soon realizes that he is no longer in the word that he once knew. The storm has carried him into the world of the spirits, a world populated by terrifying creatures. As he tries to find his way back home, Pitu is plagued by black wolves constantly stalking him, water-dwelling creatures that want to snatch him and pull him into the frigid ocean through an ice crack, as well as beings less frightening, but equally as incredible, such as a lone giant who can carry Pitu in the palm of her hand and keeps caribou and polar bears as pets. After stumbling upon a fellow shaman who has been trapped in the spirit world for many years, Pitu must master all of his shamanic powers to make his way back to the world of the living, to his family and to the girl that he loves. For junior and senior high readers. 2017.
By Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeleau. 2007
"Ce roman de Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeleau resitue la société amérindienne dans le contexte de la modernité, avec ses forces et…ses échirements, et met en lumière le profond humanisme de cette culture, à travers une quête identitaire qui, par son authenticité, rejoint l'universel. À la recherche de ses racines, Victoria entreprend un voyage au pays de ses ancêtres cris avec son compagnon Daniel. C'est un long périple vers le nord sur les rives de la baie James. Couleurs, odeurs et majestueux paysages éveillent en elle des souvenirs qui se mélangent bientôt aux étranges songes qui viennent troubler ses nuits. Par bribes, oncles, tantes et cousins lui racontent l'histoire de sa famille. Misères et grandeurs des siens. Images de son enfance teintées de joie et de tristesse. Ourse bleue revient chez les siens pour faire la paix avec son âme et libérer celle de son grand-oncle chasseur disparu en forêt depuis vingt ans. Malgré l'incrédulité de son compagnon blanc qui ne peut la suivre jusqu'au bout, Victoria poursuivra son chemin sur les traces jadis empruntées par son clan, dans un territoire aujourd'hui disparu sous les eaux." -- 4e de couv.
By Michel Noël. 2012
C'est un très beau conte pour adolescent que ce récit du bossu au bec-de-lièvre parti à la recherche du bout…du monde. Wapush est un jeune Amérindien marqué par le sort : il a beau être orphelin, infirme et né en période de disette, cela ne l'empêchera pas d'avoir un destin fabuleux et de mener une quête identitaire extraordinaire sur fond de paysage glacé. Les valeurs traditionnelles des peuples fondateurs sont abordées avec grand respect dans ce roman. Michel Noël propose à ses lecteurs un texte touchant, lyrique, poétique et métaphorique. Pour les lecteurs d’école secondaire.
By Michel Noël. 2009
Années 1960. Ojipik dit au revoir à son père Shigobi, à sa grand-mère Koukoumis, au Lac Cabonga, aux forêts, à…sa chienne la Louve. Comme tant d'autres Anishnabés avant lui, l'adolescent part chez les Blancs apprendre à lire et à écrire, apprendre à marcher sa vie . A la tristesse du départ se mêle le désir de revoir Sylvie, la fille de Marie qui l'accueillera au village. La nouvelle vie d'Ojipik est aux couleurs de la ferme de Marie et de l'oncle Oscar; des parties de billes et de ballon chasseur dans la cour de l'école [...]. Une danse des jours brusquement interrompue par le décès tragique du père d'Ojipik qui précipitera le retour du jeune Amérindien sur ses terres pour quelques heures remplies d'émotions, d'étreintes et de souvenirs. Revenu au village plus grand, plus fort, mais avec une brume au coeur, l'adolescent verra naître en lui un nouvel espoir, un projet secret, retrouver sa mère. Suite de: Hush! Hush! Pour les lecteurs d’école secondaire.
By Michel Noël. 2006
Un récit de vie inspiré de l’enfance de l’auteur, où se mêlent fiction et réalité.C’est l’histoire d’Ojipik, un jeune Amérindien…de 14 ans dans les années 1950, nous racontant la vie traditionnelle des trappeurs. Son rêve est de vivre de chasse et de pêche comme son oncle et les autres familles algonquines. Il a une chienne qu’il a appelée La Louve. Une foule d’événements viennent bouleverser l’existence d’Ojipik et modifier son avenir. Le point culminant est le carnage délibéré et organisé des chiens de traîneau par le gouvernement fédéral. Cette tuerie, que l’on peut comparer à la disparition des bisons dans l’Ouest canadien, avait pour but de sédentariser les trappeurs en les privant de leur seul moyen de se rendre au coeur de la forêt où les compagnies forestières effectuaient des coupes à blanc. Heureusement, ce moment est aussi celui où Joseph Armand Bombardier popularise la motoneige. Pour les lecteurs d’école secondaire. Suivi de: Nishka.