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First Nations, Métis, and Inuit books featured in the fall 2020 Top Grade collection.
Swift Fox All Along

Swift Fox All Along

by Rebecca Thomas
illustrated by Maya McKibbin
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

What does it mean to be Mi’kmaq? And if Swift Fox can’t find the answer, will she ever feel like part of her family?

When Swift Fox’s father picks her up to go visit her aunties, uncles, and cousins, her belly is already full of butterflies. And when he tells her that today is the day that she’ll learn how to be Mi’kmaq, the butterflies grow even bigger. Though her father reassures her that Mi’kmaq is who she is from her eyes to her toes, Swift Fox doesn’t understand what that means …

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How I Survived

How I Survived

Four Nights on the Ice
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback

After his snowmobile breaks down halfway across the sea ice on a trip back from a fishing camp, Serapio Ittusardjuat recounts the traditional skills and knowledge he leaned on to stay alive.

This harrowing first-person account of four nights spent on the open sea ice—with few supplies and no water—shows young readers the determination and strength necessary to survive in the harsh Arctic climate, even when the worst occurs.

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When Pumpkins Fly

When Pumpkins Fly

edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback

The air is cold, the nights are long, and Halloween is just around the corner. This is the time of year when pumpkins fly!

In the remote, fly-in community of Sanikiluaq, Nunavut, the last cargo flight of October brings some strange orange guests for the children. Seeing a pumpkin for the first time, the local kids eagerly carve and light their first jack-o-lantern.

But when everyone adjourns to the community hall for the Halloween dance, the pumpkin is left alone outside. The land around Sanikilua …

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Kits, Cubs, and Calves

Kits, Cubs, and Calves

An Arctic Summer
edition:Hardcover

Akuluk is visiting her family in Nunavut and can’t wait to get out on her uncle’s boat for a ride into the powerful Arctic Ocean. Surrounded by her family, and with her trusty toy polar bear beside her, Akuluk experiences the beautiful sights, sounds, and animals that abound in the ocean and along the shore during the short Arctic summer—from a mother polar bear and her cubs to a family of belugas and tiny Arctic fox kits. As they encounter each animal, Akuluk’s aunt and uncles share wit …

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Stories from the Magic Canoe of Wa’xaid

Stories from the Magic Canoe of Wa’xaid

edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook

A remarkable and profound collection of reflections by one of North America’s most important Indigenous leaders.

My name is Wa’xaid, given to me by my people. ‘Wa’ is ‘the river’, ‘Xaid’ is ‘good’ – good river. Sometimes the river is not good. I am a Xenaksiala, I am from the Killer Whale Clan. I would like to walk with you in Xenaksiala lands. Where I will take you is the place of my birth. They call it the Kitlope. It is called Xesdu’wäxw (Huschduwaschdu) for ‘blue, m …

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Discovering People: English * French * Cree

Discovering People: English * French * Cree

illustrated by Neepin Auger
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook

A new format for young readers transforms Neepin Auger’s bestselling board books into playful and colourful resources for elementary school children.

Neepin Auger’s colourful board books for infants have collectively sold well over 20,000 copies since they first appeared on the market. With more and more parents and educators looking for Indigenous resources, this paperback edition of Discovering People will bring the experience of learning French and Cree to a whole new group of early elemen …

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Discovering Animals: English * French * Cree

Discovering Animals: English * French * Cree

illustrated by Neepin Auger
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook

A new format for young readers transforms Neepin Auger’s bestselling board books into playful and colourful resources for elementary school children.

Neepin Auger’s colourful board books for infants have collectively sold well over 20,000 copies since they first appeared on the market. With more and more parents and educators looking for Indigenous resources, this paperback edition of Discovering Animals will bring the experience of learning French and Cree to a whole new group of early eleme …

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Ispík kákí péyakoyak/When We Were Alone

Ispík kákí péyakoyak/When We Were Alone

by David A. Robertson
illustrated by Julie Flett
translated by Alderick Leask
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

An empowering story of resistance that gently introduces children to the history of residential schools in Canada. In When We Were Alone, a young girl notices things about her grandmother that make her curious. As she asks questions, her grandmother tells her about her experiences in a residential school.

When We Were Alone won the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award in the Young People's Literature (Illustrated Books) category, and was nominated for the TD Canadian's Children's Literature Awa …

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