On the river, beaver smacks his tail, the salmon swim, and a family pulls in the catch. As a member of her community, six-year-old Monica participates in the traditional salmon harvest among the picturesque scenery, cold mornings, warm fires, and extended family.
About the authors
Monica Weaver is from Lake Babine Nation and grew up in a small town. She loved going on different outdoor adventures. The trip to Babine Lake is still a favourite of hers. Monica found a passion for writing stories in her previous position as an elementary school Aboriginal Education Support Worker. Monica holds tradition close to her heart and wrote this story to reflect her memories of practicing shared traditions with her Grandmother. Monica resides on the traditional territory of the Saik’uz First Nation.
Excerpt: In Our Traditional Territory (by (author) Monica Weaver; illustrated by Maedeh Mosaverzadeh)
“Who are all these people?” I ask. “They are family and other Clan members,” answers Mom. Hmm, I think, smiling. We must share this Traditional Territory. After my family settles in at Uncle’s house, Grandma says, “We need to wake up very early to check-net, so you better go to sleep now, Monica.” I quickly fall asleep listening to the crackling of the fireplace. CRICK, CRACK. CRICK, CRACK.