Indigenous Lit - Gr.5-8

Titles of books found in the Doucette Library written by First Nations, Metis or Inuit authors.
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Describes the creation of the rivers, is the second in a series of Northwest Coast legends. A young Gitxsan hunter, is intent on catching a group of swans with his bare hands. He is carried away by the birds' powerful wings and dropped in the clouds. With only a cedar box of water Astace wanders the clouds, growing weaker, stumbling and spilling the contents. When he finally returns to earth he discovers lakes, creeks, and rivers where there were none before. (Gr. 3-8)

The book Cloudwalker. A legend of the formation of the Skeena, Nass, and Stikine rivers by Roy Henry Vickers & Lucky Budd. Available at Hamilton Library: Call VIC

Based on the life of Jenny Kay Dupuis' own grandmother, I Am Not a Number brings a terrible part of Canada's history to light in a way that children can learn from and relate to.

I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis & Kathy Kacer… from Second Story Press … When Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school, she is confused, frightened and.

Blinded by his mother a boy goes to the loon for healling. Once he can see again, he gets revenge by causing his mother to drown in the sea, where she turns into a narwhal. Gr.3-6

Blinded by his mother a boy goes to the loon for healling. Once he can see again, he gets revenge by causing his mother to drown in the sea, where she turns into a narwhal. Gr.3-6

Twelve-year-old Violet Pesheens is taken away to Residential School in 1966. The diary recounts her experiences of travelling there, the first day, and first months, focusing on the everyday life she experiences--the school routine, battles with Cree girls, being quarantined over Christmas, getting home at Easter and reuniting with her family.

Twelve-year-old Violet Pesheens is taken away to Residential School in 1966. The diary recounts her experiences of travelling there, the first day, and first months, focusing on the everyday life she experiences--the school routine, battles with Cree girls, being quarantined over Christmas, getting home at Easter and reuniting with her family.

It is 2008, and thirteen-year-old Shannen and the other students at J.R. Nakogee Elementary are tired of attending class in portables that smell and don't keep out the cold winter air. They make a YouTube video describing the poor conditions, and their plea for a decent school attracts attention and support from community leaders and children across the country...Shannen speaks passionately to the politicians about the need to give Native children the opportunity to succeed.

Shannen and the dream for a school by Janet Wilson IRC & HAM 2011

Taken from her Sioux home and educated at boarding school, Zitkala-***Ša feels caught between two worlds, but finds that she can sing through her music, and also by writing stories and being an activist for Native American rights. (Picture book, gr.3-6)

Taken from her Sioux home and educated at boarding school, Zitkala-***Ša feels caught between two worlds, but finds that she can sing through her music, and also by writing stories and being an activist for Native American rights.

Winter is an exciting season for Lawrence, an Aboriginal boy learning the traditional ways of his people. By making do, Lawrence invents an amazing sliding machine to share with his sisters and his adventures bring him closer to his family, especially his grandfather.

10 top indigenous books for your summer reading list

Based on the discovery of the remains of a young Cree woman in 1993, this story about a week in the life of P¯isim, a Cree girl who lived in the mid 1600's, shows her recognition of her miskinow, or life's journey. Includes sidebars on Cree language and culture, archaeology and history, maps and songs. (Gr.4-8)

A unique story about a week in the life of Pisim, a young Cree woman, who lived in the Mid

In the Arctic, orphaned Ava stumbles upon a group of magical little people who show him how it feels to have a home of his own.

In the Arctic, orphaned Ava stumbles upon a group of magical little people who show him how it feels to have a home of his own.

Cursed by a cranky shaman, young Wolverine finds himself stranded on a barren island, locked in a life-or-death struggle to return to his home, his family and a very special young girl. Gr. 7 and up

Cursed by a cranky shaman, young Wolverine finds himself stranded on a barren island, locked in a life-or-death struggle to return to his home, his family and a very special young girl. Gr. 7 and up

Arctic Comics is a full-colour anthology containing tales of myth, adventure and humour, told at the top of the world. written and drawn by Inuit, Northerners, and other Canadians... Gr.7 and up.

Arctic Comics is a full-colour anthology containing tales of myth, adventure and humour, told at the top of the world. written and drawn by Inuit, Northerners, and other Canadians... Gr.7 and up.

A retelling of the Métis folktale about a tree used as a cache of supplies and a message centre by generations of Métis travellers. Gr.1-6

A retelling of the Métis folktale about a tree used as a cache of supplies and a message centre by generations of Métis travellers. Gr.1-6

AUDIOBOOK:Luke knows his Iþnupiaq name is full of sounds white people can't say. He knows he'll have to leave it behind when he and his brothers are sent to boarding school hundreds of miles from their Arctic village. At Sacred Heart school things are different. Speaking any native language is forbidden by Father Mullen. But Luke is not the only one struggling to fit in. And when those like him all come together, things at Sacred Heart school will never be the same. Gr.7&up

AUDIOBOOK:Luke knows his Iþnupiaq name is full of sounds white people can't say. He knows he'll have to leave it behind when he and his brothers are sent to boarding school hundreds of miles from their Arctic village. At Sacred Heart school things are different. Speaking any native language is forbidden by Father Mullen. But Luke is not the only one struggling to fit in. And when those like him all come together, things at Sacred Heart school will never be the same. Gr.7&up

FICTION:When John attends a pow wow and witnesses a powerful performance, he realizes that he wants to be a dancer more than anything. But the nearest class for boys is at the Native Cultural Center in the city, and he still hasn't told his family or friends about his new passion... Between the mocking of his teammates and the hostility of the boys in his dance class, John must find a way to balance and embrace both the Irish and Cree sides of his heritage.

FICTION:When John attends a pow wow and witnesses a powerful performance, he realizes that he wants to be a dancer more than anything. But the nearest class for boys is at the Native Cultural Center in the city, and he still hasn't told his family or friends about his new passion... Between the mocking of his teammates and the hostility of the boys in his dance class, John must find a way to balance and embrace both the Irish and Cree sides of his heritage.

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