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Indigenous History Month: K–12 Books

Created by 49th Teachers
  • Age: 3 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12
tagged: indigenous, indigenous history, diversity and inclusion
A selection of books to help classrooms and libraries celebrate and learn about Indigenous History Month.

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Those Who Dwell Below

by Aviaq Johnston, illustrated by Toma Feizo Gas
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: polar regions, coming of age, aboriginal & indigenous

Haunted by the vicious creatures of his recent past, Pitu tries to go back to a normal life at home after the other-worldly travels and near-death encounters of his recent disappearance into the world of the spirits. But Pitu knows that there is more work to be done, and more that he must learn in his new role as a shaman. When word of a starving v …

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Surviving the City

by Tasha Spillett, illustrated by Natasha Donovan
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 14
  • Grade: 7 to 8
tagged: canada, aboriginal & indigenous, girls & women, coming of age

Miikwan and Dez are best friends. Miikwan is Anishinaabe; Dez is Inninew. Together, the teens navigate the challenges of growing up in an urban landscape – they’re so close, they even completed their Berry Fast together. However, when Dez’s grandmother becomes too sick, Dez is told she can’t stay with her anymore. With the threat of a group …

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The Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

by Royal Canadian Geographical Society & Canadian Geographic
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, canada

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, in partnership with Canada's national Indigenous organizations, has created a groundbreaking four-volume atlas that shares the experiences, perspectives, and histories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. It's an ambitious and unprecedented project inspired by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's …

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#NotYourPrincess

Voices of Native American Women

edited by Lisa Charleyboy & Mary Beth Leatherdale
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, girls & women

 

Whether looking back to a troubled past or welcoming a hopeful future, the powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America resound in this book. In the same style as the best-selling Dreaming in Indian, #Not Your Princess presents an eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art that combine to express the experience of being …

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I Am Not a Number

by Jenny Kay Dupuis & Kathy Kacer, illustrated by Gillian Newland
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 7 to 11
  • Grade: 3 to 6
tagged: native canadian, post-confederation (1867-), prejudice & racism, native american

When eight-year-old Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school she is confused, frightened, and terribly homesick. She tries to remember who she is and where she came from, despite the efforts of the nuns who are in charge at the school and who tell her that she is not to use her own name but instead use the numb …

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The Thundermaker

by Alan Syliboy
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover Paperback
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: native canadian

Mi’kmaw artist Alan Syliboy’s The Thundermaker is based on Alan’s spectacular mixed-media exhibit of the same name. In the book, Big Thunder teaches his son, Little Thunder, about the important responsibility he has making thunder for his people. Little Thunder learns about his Mi’kmaw identity through his father’s teachings and his mothe …

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Alego

illustrated by Ningeokuluk Teevee
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: native canadian, girls & women, multigenerational

An enchanting and utterly authentic introduction to the life of an Inuit child and her world.

Written and illustrated by Ningeokuluk Teevee, one of the most interesting young artists in Cape Dorset, home to the great tradition of Inuit art, this is a beautifully simple story, written in Inuktitut and English, about a young Inuit girl who goes to the …

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Shin-chi's Canoe

by Nicola Campbell, illustrated by Kim LaFave
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: native canadian, new experience, post-confederation (1867-)

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 …