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Children's Fiction Native Canadian

Spencer the Siksik Cleans Up

Inuktitut Edition

by (author) Shawna Thomson & Nadia Sammurtok

illustrated by Valentina Jaskina

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

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

  • Age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 2
  • Reading age: 6 to 8


Learn about the Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit principle of Avatittinnik Kamatsiarniq (respecting the land and environment) with Spencer, the adorable siksik!

Spencer can’t wait for gym class. He can’t wait to play soccer baseball! But his teacher announces that the class will be cleaning up the playground instead. Spencer is upset. He never litters, so why should he pick up other people’s trash? When his friend Gary gets stuck in a discarded plastic ring, Spencer remembers what his grandmother taught him about taking care of the land. Can Spencer make it up to his classmates before the community clean-up is over? Follow along with Spencer and Gary as they learn about one of the eight guiding Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit principles: respecting the land, animals and environment.

Don’t miss the rest of Spencer’s adventures! Check out the entire series to find out how Spencer and Gary learn about each of the eight guiding Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit principles.

About the authors

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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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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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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