Bison Supermarket (Educational Kit)
The beautiful package used for this kit is called a "parfleche", based on an ancient Aboriginal packaging method. This 6" x 9.5" parfleche contains a colourful 17" x 22" poster showing the ancient uses of bison. It also contains a 20-page activity booklet and a bison tracer (Publisher).
People in Their World. (2001). Bison supermarket (Educational Kit). Saskatoon, SK: Great Plains.
Brother Eagle, Sister Sky
The Earth does not belong to us. We belong to the Earth. The great American Indian Chief Seattle spoke these words over a hundred years ago. His remarkably relevant message of respect for the Earth and every creature on it has endured the test of time and is imbued with passion born of love of the land and the environment. Illustrated by award-winning artist Susan Jeffers, the stirring pen-and-color drawings bring a wide array of Native Americans to life while capturing the splendor of nature and the land. Children and parents alike will enjoy the timeless, poignant message presented in this beautifully illustrated picture book (Publisher).
Jeffers, S., & Chief Seattle. (1991). Brother Eagle, Sister Sky. Toronto, ON: Puffin Books.
Mack, T. (2012). A circle of friends. Nanaimo, BC: Strong Nations Publishing.
Cree is the 2016 revised edition in this Weigl Educational Publishers series written by Erin Banting. This 32-page volume explores the traditional and current everyday life and culture of the Cree people by examining their unique food, clothing, art, language, homes, ceremonies, celebrations, language, storytelling, music and dance, and tools. Each topic covers the basic details of the people now known as Cree whose traditional territories extended from the Plains of Alberta to the Woods Cree of Saskatchewan and Manitoba to the present-day Swampy Cree of Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec. Each two-page spread includes simple paragraphs, colour maps, colour photographs, and an informative sidebar. Each volume includes an index and one-page quiz (Publisher).
Banting, E. (2016). Canadian Aboriginal Art and Culture: Cree (revised). Collingwood, ON: Weigl Educational Publishers.
Denesuline: Canadian Aboriginal Art and Culture is one of the titles in the Canadian Aboriginal Art and Culture series published by Weigl Educational Publishers. This volume written by Carol Koopman describes the cultural history of the Denesuline, the people of the Subarctic cultural region who live within the Northwest Territories, northern Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. The Dene flourish in this environment and the book looks at their traditional homes, clothing styles, foods, tools, spirituality, ceremonies, music, art, language, and storytelling. Using colour photographs, a map and a few archival images, the book explores the past and present of these resourceful communities. Brief biographical sketches about Thanadelthur and artist Alex Janvier are provided. The book also contains a glossary of terms, a timeline, and a craft activity (Goodminds.com).
Koopman, C. (2009). Canadian Aboriginal Art and Culture: Denesuline. Collingwood, ON: Weigl Educational Publishers.
Dipnetting with Dad
Set in the landscape of the Cariboo Chilcotin region, DIPNETTING WITH DADtells the story of a father teaching his son the Secwepemc method of fishing known as dipnetting. Together they visit the sweat lodge, mend the nets, select the best fishing spot and catch and pack their fish through rugged bush back to the family home for traditional preparation. Willie Sellars captures family values, the importance of storytelling, community living and coming of age in one of BC's oldest cultures.
Sellars, Willie (2014). Dipnetting with Dad. Halfmoon Bay, BC: Caitlin Press.
Turtle Island Voices, grades 1-6, consist of ten titles per grade. The series offers aboriginal children a unique opportunity to see themselves in their learning materials. It is rooted in the concepts of inter-connectedness, respect for life, and the quest for a better future. It offers all children the opportunity to recognize the role and contributions of Aboriginal peoples in the life, culture, and heritage of Canada. (Publisher)
Cutting, R. (2011). Turtle Island Voices: Exploring art. Oakville, ON: Rubicon Publishing Inc.
Silvey, D. (2005). The kids book of Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press.
This is an endearing story of a young Aboriginal foster child who is given a special gift by his foster mother. Her gift of warmth and thoughtfulness helps her young foster children by encouraging self-esteem, acceptance and love. Written as a simple story, it speaks of a positive foster experience (Publisher).
Einarson, E. (2004). The moccasins. Penticton, BC: Theytus Books.
Waboose Bourdeau, J. (1997). Morning on the lake. Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press.
Moss Bag Stories
Our unit consists of stories about Saskatchewan's aboriginal cultures. Moss Bag Stories can be integrated into your curriculum under family studies. The stories tell about one way that Indian mothers take care of their young children. Moss Bags are the environmentally friendly diapers that native mothers used for their babies. Made of moss and cattails, native mothers would pick the moss and cattails in the Fall. They wanted to have a supply of diapers that would last them the winter months. The moss was cleaned and dried, and mixed with the fuzzy part of the cattail. This Primary Studies lesson provides a teacher and student section with reading passages, activities, word search, and math equations to create a well-rounded lesson plan (Publisher).
Trembach, V. (1997). Moss bag stories. North Battleford, SK: Rainbow Horizons Publishing.
This simple story in Cree and English explores a young child's relationship to his kuhkom, his grandmother, as they go for a walk in the bush to pick rosehips. The young boy follows his grandmother, walking, listening, picking, praying, eating, just as she does. In doing so, he absorbs the rich cultural traditions and values of his Cree heritage (Publisher).
Morin-Nelson, L., & Nicholson, C. (2007). Niwechihaw/I help. New York, NY: HarperCollins Canada.
When European settlers pronounced the word Ojibwa, they said Chippewa. As a result, the United States government called this group the Chippewa. Learn more in The Ojibwa, one of the titles in the American Indian Art and Culture series. This series recounts the history of America's indigenous peoples and how they adapted to their surroundings. Each book outlines the traditional ways of life, religious beliefs, celebrations, and artwork of each indigenous group through detailed text, sidebars, and infographics (Publisher).
Lomberg, M. (2007). American Indian Art and Culture: Ojibwa. Collingwood, ON: Weigl Educational Publishers.
Rebus, A. (2008). American Indian Art and Culture: The Sioux. Collingwood, ON: Weigl Educational Publishers.
Preszler, J. (2005). Tepees. Don Mills, ON: Capstone Press.
Wheeler, B., & Bekkering, H. (2016). Where did you get your moccasins? Winnipeg, MB: HighWater Press.
Clarence and his grandmother spend the day picking wild blueberries. They meet ant, spider, and fox in a beautiful woodland landscape, the ancestral home of author and illustrator Julie Flett. This book is written in both English and the n-dialect from the Swampy Cree from the Cumberland House area.
Flett, Julie (2013). Wild Berries. Vancouver, BC: Simply Read Books.
The Four Seasons: Daily and Seasonal Changes
Saskatchewan Ministry of Education. (n.d.). The four seasons: Daily and seasonal changes [Video file]. Retrieved from
Saskatchewan Ministry of Education. (n.d.). Ojibwe stories [Video file]. Retrieved from
Saskatchewan Ministry of Education (Producer). (n.d.). Peter's moccasins [Video file].
How the Beaver got His Tail
LaBarge, R. (retold by) (n.d.). How the beaver got his tail. Retrieved March 14, 2018, from http://www.uwosh.edu/coehs/cmagproject/ethnomath/legend/legend12.htm