Spirit and Intent
The Drum Calls Softly (Book and CD)
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre Choice Award, 2009 highlights the cycles and seasons of life, and friendship. Written in both Cree and English, it explores the power of a man’s customs, lifestyles and traditions through vivid illustrations and the music of Northern Cree featured on the CD.
Bouchard, D., & Willier, S. (2008). The drum calls softly. Toronto, ON: Red Deer Press.
Bear, J. (n.d.). First Nations historical worldview [Chart]. Saskatoon, SK: Office of the Treaty Commissioner.
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. (2010). The learning circle: Classroom activities on First Nations in Canada ages 8-11. Ottawa, ON: Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.
Lessons from Mother Earth
Tess visits her grandmother many times without really being aware of the garden. Hoever, on this particular day, they step outside the door and Tess learns that all of nature can be a garden. She learns if you take care of the plants that grow and you learn about them -- understanding when they flower, when they give fruit, and when to leave them alone -- you will always find something to nourish you. Lessons from Mother Earth gently shares the First Nations' tradition of taking care of Mother Earth.
McLeod, E., & Wood, C. (2010). Lessons from Mother Earth. Toronto, ON: Groundwood Books.
McLeod, E., & Wood, C. (2014). Leçons de la mère-terre. Toronto, ON: Groundwood Books.
Native North Americans: Wisdom and Gifts
Many of the foods we eat, the tools we use, the games we play, and even the ideas in which we believe, originated with North American Native peoples. Beautiful images and easy-to-follow text help young readers discover the Native traditions and practices that were adopted by European explorers, North American settlers, and other people around the world. The topics include: Native hunting and fishing practices that are still in use today; innovations in medicine and health that helped many people survive in North America, and how Native beliefs of equality and democracy were adopted by North American governments (Publisher).
Kalman, B. (2006). Native North American: Wisdom and gifts. St. Catherine's, ON: Crabtree Publishing.
Nokomis and I Go to Town
Circle of Life Sets 1–3 and Sets 4–6 levelled books are for guided and independent reading. This collection of narrative and nonfiction books offers unique content that engages students, and deepens appreciation and understanding of Indigenous cultures and traditions (Publisher).
Ferguson, P. (2013). Nokomis and I go to town. Winnipeg, MB: Pemmican.
Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre. (1993). Practicing the law of circular interaction: First Nations environment and conservation principles, principle one, resource guide. Saskatoon, SK: Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre.
Littlechild, G. (1993). This land is my land. San Francisco, CA: Children's Book Press.
When the Shadbush Blooms
Told from the perspectives of Traditional Sister and Contemporary Sister, this book explores tradition and change of the Lenape girls. The reader soon learns that through the cycle of the seasons what is important remains: being with family, knowing what berries to pick and listening to stories in a warm home.
Messinger, C., & Katz, S. (2007). When the shadbush blooms. New York, NY: Random House Childrens Books.
Kroll, K. (Director). (2009). Shi-shi-etko [Video file]. Retrieved from https://rover.edonline.sk.ca/en/rover/videos/950
Edwards, T. (2010, January 28). Dear Creator [PDF]. Retrieved from https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qrj4hb6jf88i7i7/AABhOQsLauBwpr6z5BWqJlyka/Teacher%20Made%20Lessons/Grade%203/The%20First%20Nations%20Agree%20to%20Share%20the%20Land?dl=0&preview=Dear+Creator-Grade+3.pdf