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Children's Nonfiction Native Canadian

P'ésk'a and the First Salmon Ceremony

illustrated by Scot Ritchie

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Aug 2015
Native Canadian, General, Other, Non-Religious
Recommended Age
4 to 7
Recommended Grade
k to 2
Recommended Reading age
4 to 7
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Aug 2015
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2015
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It’s the day of the first salmon ceremony, and P'ésk'a is excited to celebrate. His community, the Sts'ailes people, give thanks to the river and the salmon it brings by commemorating the first salmon of the season.

Framed as an exploration of what life was like one thousand years ago, P'ésk'a and the First Salmon Ceremony describes the customs of the Sts'ailes people, an indigenous group who have lived on the Harrison River in British Columbia for the last 10,000 years. Includes an introductory letter from Chief William Charlie, an illustrated afterword and a glossary.

About the author


Scot Ritchie est un auteur-illustrateur primé vivant à Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique. Il a illustré, et parfois écrit, plus de 40 livres pour enfants, dont Suivons la carte, Dis-moi pourquoi et There was an Old Lady that Swallowed a Puck.


Scot Ritchie is an award winning illustrator who lives in Vancouver British Columbia. He has illustrated over 40 children's books, (some of which he also wrote) including Let's Go! The Story of Getting from There to Here, Up, Up and Away and the Basics for Beginners series, Hockey, Baseball and Soccer.



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Editorial Reviews

The combination of lively pictures and informative text makes this a winner for primary collections in school and public libraries. Recommended.

CM Magazine

An afterword furnishes more about this ancient band's way of life, and a short glossary provides an opportunity to sample its language. . . . A good initial introduction to a lesser-known First Nations people.

Kirkus Reviews

Ritchie successfully and engagingly balances storytelling with accurate history in this depiction ofindigenous life in Canada 1,000 years ago.


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