look for more resources in the blog under categories: Aboriginal Resources
In these two nonfiction series, each book focuses on a specific Canadian aboriginal group. They include many text features that make the information very accessible and interesting to use. The first series, “Aboriginal Peoples of Canada,” is great, because the information is chunked into small bits. Unfortunately, this series is now out of print. The French version is still in print, but does not have all the nations, such as Haida and Salish.
The second series, “Aboriginal Canadian Communities,” was just published and is a higher reading level.
Canadian Read Alouds: True stories and legends
E. Pauline Johnson retells the legend of The Two Sisters, and the creation of the iconic twin peaks on the northshore of Vancouver, also known as The Lions.
“Taan’s Moons: A Haida Moon Story,” by Alison Gear with felted illustrations by Kiki van Heiden and children of Haida Gwaii, follows a full year in the life of Taan, bear in Haida, and the 13 moons.
George Littlechild, Plains Cree, an award winning writer, artist, and storyteller.
Leo Yerxa, Ojibway, an award winning author, illustrator and artist.
Nicola Campbell, Interior Salish and Metis, is a local Canadian author who has written two significant picture books about young siblings who are forced to go to residential school. Contributor to the Looking Forward Looking Back project.
“Secret of the Dance,” is great read aloud, introducing students to Potlatchs and the banning of them in Canada. Co-authored by Afred Scow, of the Kwicksutaineuk Nation, and Andrea Spalding.
Do a read aloud, novel study, or info circles
Choose from these autobiographical titles and do a read aloud. Or use one of the books as part of an information circle (a lit circle using nonfiction resources).
“Fatty Legs” is the true story of Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, a young Inuit girl who goes to Residential School. Perfect for literature circles or a read aloud. The sequel, “A Stranger at Home,”is about Margaret’s difficult return to her home.
“When I Was Eight,” and, “Not My Girl,” are picture book versions of the novels, perfect for younger students or students who lower reading levels.
8th Fire Guide
The First Nations Education Steering Committee is a wonderful organization that creates fabulous resources for teachers. In particular, check out these particular resources:
Resources for K-3 Downloadable book
Authentic First Peoples Resources Downloadable bookl about authentic texts.
The Museum of Anthropology
- My Ancestors Are Still Dancing (K-12)
- Nunavut Kit (4-6)
Aboriginal Children’s Literature Online Resources
http://oyate.org/ Are your resources appropriate and authentic? Check out this site’s book reviews.
http://firstnationswriter.com/ Cree author Larry Loyie and partner Constance Brissenden promote writing in First Nations communities.
http://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.ca/ Debbie Rees reviews many, many books.
http://www.goodminds.com/top-picks Book lists and other teaching resources for sale.
http://books.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/AbCat2014_Final_web2.pdf Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools published annually. Great resource. Poster available.
http://portal.acc-society.bc.ca/literacy/childrensbooks BC Aboriginal Child Care Society’s literacy page with book recommendations and teaching resources.
https://www.portageandmainpress.com/lesson_plans/plan_286_1.pdf Teaching guide for 7 Generations series, an excellent graphic novel depicting the story of a young man who struggles with his past.
http://thehealthyaboriginal.net/contact-us/ Graphic novels, posters and video on health and social issues for young people. French and English.
http://rabbitandbearpaws.com/ Series of funny graphic novels that are appropriate for elementary school students.
http://www.kids-bookreview.com/2013/07/book-list-picture-books-by-indigenous.html Lists of book reviews, this particular link provides a list of books written by Indigenous people of Australia.
http://www.firstnationliteracy.com/ Teaching resources, including book recommendations and lesson plans.