The collection is maintained by the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Staff in Student Learning Services, Edmonton Public Schools.
The annotated bibliography represents the diversity of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures across Canada and some areas of the United States.
The titles are reviewed for cultural authenticity and validity. Alignment with the Alberta Programs of Study is apparent and identified in the tags provided in the reviews.
Titles are reviewed through an education lens as well as by a member of the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit community. When possible, the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit reviewer is a member of the culture represented in the book. i.e. Métis, Cree, First Nations, Dene or Inuit.
The database includes titles published since 2002. Titles published prior to 2002 that are considered valuable additions to collections are included and therefore recommended.
Titles considered popular may contain objectionable content that is laid out in the review with the recommendation to weed the title from the collection.
New titles are continually added to the collection.
Titles recommended represent the diversity within First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures, contain accurate information and perspectives.
Added consideration is given to titles written by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit authors.
Titles recommended for weeding out are not based solely on the age of the title but rather the objectionable content. We recommend weeding out titles containing portrayals of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people in a historical context, stereotypes, misinformation, cultural biases, negative images, and or from monolithic perspectives. Titles awarded recognition in the past would not do so today due to increased cultural awareness of the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples.
This resource is a companion to the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Collection and is a thematic, online listing of selected literature titles for grades K to 12. Finding book titles for common literature themes and curriculum topics is amazingly quick and easy. All titles are annotated, and the database is maintained on a regular basis with new titles added throughout the year.
The Great Reads team is an multi-faceted, diverse group of readers who are constantly searching for Great Reads, both fiction and non-fiction, to support curriculum and a love of learning and reading.