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THAO

A Picture Book

by Thao Lam
edition: eBook
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: 2 to 5
tagged: cultural heritage, diversity & multicultural, asian american, prejudice & racism

An honest #OwnVoices story about growing up with a name that is unfamiliar to the kids around you, told with humor and heart by critically acclaimed author/illustrator Thao Lam
Even though it’s only four simple, familiar letters long, nobody can ever pronounce Thao’s name. She’s been called Theo, Tail, even Towel! But the teasing names—To …

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Nibi Emosaawdang / The Water Walker

by Joanne Robertson, translated by Shirley Williams & Isadore Toulouse
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: native canadian, native american, environmental conservation & protection

The dual language edition, in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) and English, of The Water Walker, the award-winning story of a determined Ojibwe Nokomis (Grandmother) Josephine-ba Mandamin and her great love for Nibi (water). Nokomis walked to raise awareness of our need to protect Nibi for future generations, and for all life on the planet. She, along wit …

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The Water Walker

by Joanne Robertson
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: native canadian, native american, environmental conservation & protection

The story of a determined Ojibwe Grandmother (Nokomis) Josephine-ba Mandamin and her great love for Nibi (water). Nokomis walks to raise awareness of our need to protect Nibi for future generations, and for all life on the planet. She, along with other women, men, and youth, have walked around all the Great Lakes from the four salt waters, or ocean …

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Shannen and the Dream for a School

by Janet Wilson, read by Pamela Matthews
edition: Audiobook
also available: eBook Paperback
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 5 to 8
tagged: native canadian, politics & government, native american

 

All children have the right to a school…

This is the true story of Shannen Koostachin and the people of Attawapiskat, a Cree community in Northern Ontario, who have been fighting for a new school since the late 1970s when a fuel leak contaminated their original school building.

It is 2008, and thirteen-year-old Shannen and the other students at J. …

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Indigenous Filmmakers & Actors

by Gary Robinson
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 14
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: performing arts, native american, native canadian

In these entertaining profiles, twelve Indigenous actors and filmmakers tell stories of the hard work and struggle that went into their careers. Overcoming prejudice and stereotypes in the film industry, fighting to make and promote films that demonstrate an honest portrayal of Indigenous life and heritage. Their stories show how there’s more to …

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Treaty Words

For As Long As the Rivers Flow

by Aimée Craft, illustrated by Luke Swinson
edition: eBook
  • age: 10 to 18
  • Grade: 5 to 12
tagged: native canadian, native american, multigenerational

The first treaty that was made was between the earth and the sky. It was an agreement to work together. We build all of our treaties on that original treaty.

On the banks of the river that have been Mishomis’s home his whole life, he teaches his granddaughter to listen—to hear both the sounds and the silences, and so to learn her place in Creati …

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Not My Girl

by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret-Olemaun Pokiak-Fenton, read by Lisa Nasson
edition: Audiobook
also available: eBook Hardcover Paperback
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: native canadian, parents, native american

 

Margaret can’t wait to see her family, but her homecoming is not what she expected.

Two years ago, Margaret left her Arctic home for the outsiders’ school. Now she has returned and can barely contain her excitement as she rushes towards her waiting family—but her mother stands still as a stone. This strange, skinny child, with her hair croppe …

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The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer

by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Natasha Donovan
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 7 to 11
  • Grade: 2 to 5
tagged: science & technology, astronomy, native american

Mary Golda Ross designed classified airplanes and spacecraft as Lockheed Aircraft Corporation's first female engineer. Find out how her passion for math and the Cherokee values she was raised with shaped her life and work.
Cherokee author Traci Sorell and Métis illustrator Natasha Donovan trace Ross's journey from being the only girl in a high sch …

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