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Children's Fiction Native Canadian

Spencer and Gary Make a Decision

Inuktitut Edition

by (author) Nadia Sammurtok & Shawna Thomson

illustrated by Valentina Jaskina

Arvaaq Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2023
Native Canadian, Friendship, Polar Regions, Values & Virtues
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2023
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
  • Reading age: 6 to 8


It’s a beautiful day, and Spencer the Siksik can’t wait to play with his friends!
Gary the Snow Goose wants to play Inuit baseball. Spencer thinks tag is more fun. When Spencer and Gary disagree, Spencer storms off. Can Spencer and Gary come up with a decision that they are both happy with? See how Spencer and Gary learn about one of the eight guiding Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit principles: consensus decision-making.
Don’t miss the rest of Spencer’s adventures! Each book in this series follows Spencer the Siksik and Gary the Snow Goose as they learn about one of the Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ) principles. The IQ principles are a set of Inuit beliefs, values, and communal laws focused on living a good life and the ways one is expected to behave. Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit literally translates to "that which Inuit have always known to be true."

About the authors

Nadia Sammurtok is an Inuit writer and educator originally from Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. Nadia is passionate about preserving the traditional Inuit lifestyle and Inuktitut language so that they may be enjoyed by future generations. Nadia currently lives in Iqaluit, Nunavut, with her family.


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Shawna Thomson grew up in southern Ontario but has called Nunavut home since 2011 when she moved to Taloyoak. She currently works as an educator in Iqaluit, where she lives with her husband and their two dogs. Since moving to Nunavut, she has always been fascinated by stories of the giants and the little people. When she is not writing or teaching, she enjoys running, yoga, going hiking with her dogs, or reading historical fiction.

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Valentina Jaskina always wanted to be an artist. As a child, she painted on the walls of her parents' house. She dreamed of illustrating books or drawing cartoons. In her school years, she studied at a children's art school and then studied classical drawing, painting, and graphic design at the Novosibirsk Art College. She lives in Siberia with her husband, two daughters, and their funny dog Waffle. The world of children and their vivid emotions and unbridled imaginations are an endless source of inspiration for her work.

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