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Lynn Bragg     

A River Lost

Photo/illus. by:  Lynn Bragg     
1995 Hancock House
Pre-School to Grade 12 0888393830
Fiction  
Book has pan-indigenous elements, no context for First Nations in Canada and very Americanized Language.

Part of series:

Roch Carrier     

The Flying Canoe

Photo/illus. by:  Sheldon Cohen     
2004 Tundra Books Canadian
Grade 1 to Grade 12 9780887766367
Fiction Hardcover  
Though an interesting story, there are absolutely zero ties to the Indigenous Cultures (not mentioned). The actual legend is quite interwoven with Indigenous culture so would not recommend this.

Part of series:

James Houston     

Tikta' Liktak : An Eskimo Legend

Photo/illus. by:  James Houston      
1965 Haurcourt Brace Jovanoivich Canadian
Grade 6 to Grade 12 0152877452
Fiction  
-Uses term "Eskimo" -Probably a good story, but written from the perspective of a non-Inuit person -Plus it's really old and the graphics are boring

Part of series:

C.J. Taylor     

The Ghost and Lone Warrior

Photo/illus. by:  C.J. Taylor     
1991 Tundra Books Canadian
Pre-School to Grade 12 9780887762635
Fiction  
Definitely not recommended. Fantastical elements including a skeleton name like Lone Wolf. Just perpetuate stereotyping.

Part of series:

Paul Goble     

Iktomi and the Boulder

Photo/illus. by:  Paul Goble     
1989 Orchard Books
Grade 4 to Grade 7 0531057607
Fiction Hardcover  
The story of Iktomi and the Boulders shows how Iktomi is a braggart and isn't very nice to the environment and animals around him. Iktomi's thoughts are printed in small text so this show this is into the mind of Iktomi. Iktomi is going to visit friends and family, so he wants to dress his best. He thinks he is the best looking person. The animals and the birds laugh at him for being so egoistic with himself. The story of Iktomi is based upon a Lakota tale that shows how Iktomi has trickster like qualities. Teachers may have to prepare in advance of reading this book with students. A conversation about the pipe (being a pipe carrier and pipe ceremony) will need to be discussed with students as Iktomi is using a pipe with no reference to ceremony. He's also wearing a headdress which has special protocol involved with wearing it, unless he is wearing regalia. We know he is going to visit friends and family, so this might be confusing for readers. Iktomi tries to do the right things by sharing his blanket with boulder because boulder is getting sunburned. But in the end, Iktomi takes back the blanket for himself. Boulder comes loose and rolls on top of Iktomi and Iktomi must ask the animals for help. They cannot help him as Boulder is too big and strong. Iktomi lies to the bats and tells them that boulder has been saying rude matters about the bats. The bats attack Boulder and free Iktomi. Teachers may want to discuss: who the Lakota people are; their beliefs and customs; the idea of trickster tales, and vocabulary words. This book requires a pre-read by teachers for use in classrooms.

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Paul Goble     

Iktomi and the Berries

Photo/illus. by:  Paul Goble     
1989 Orchard Books
Grade 4 to Grade 7 0531058190
Fiction Hardcover  
The story of "Iktomi and the Berries" shows how Iktomi is a braggart and isn't very nice to the enviornment and animals around him. Iktomi is hunting and is very impressed with himself and believes his ancestors would feel the same way. Iktomi gets in trouble while hunting as he is so prideful and isn't very careful which then he falls into the river. The story of Iktomi is based upon a Lakota tale that shows how Iktomi has trickster like qualities. Teachers may have to prepare in advance of reading this book with students. A conversation about traditional hunting beliefs (preparing for the hunt; hunting as a necessary event to feed oneself and community; using all parts of the animal; preparing the meat and furs, etc.) will need to be discussed with students. There are references to "white people" which will require a conversation with students about proper terminology. Teachers may want to discuss: who the Lakota people are, their beliefs, their tribal customs, the idea of trickster tales, and vocabulary words. This book requires a pre-read by teachers for use in classrooms.

Part of series:

Paul Globe     

Iktomi and the Buzzard

1989 Orchard Books Canadian
Grade 4 to Grade 7 9780531086629
Fiction Hardcover  
The story of Iktomi and the Buzzard shows how Iktomi is a braggart and isn't very nice to the enviornment and animals around him. He finds himself in a tough situation when he can't cross the river and has to ask help from the buzzard. Some things to watch for are words that students might not know such as ethnically, epithets and disrepute. The story of Iktomi is based upon a Lakota tale that shows how Iktomi has trickster like qualities. There are some passages in the book that are upside down, so students may like to flip the book to read. This inversion of text placement is when Iktomi is upside down. Teachers may have to prepare in advance of reading this book with students. Teachers may want to discuss who the Lakota people are; their belief, their tribal customs, the idea of trickster tales; and vocabulary words. This book definitely requires a pre-read by teachers for use in classrooms.

Part of series:

Lee Maracle     

Bent Box

2000 Theytus Books Ltd.
Pre-School to Pre-School $14.95 9780919441897
Fiction  
Bent Box is a series of poems that is a collection of a woman who undergoes some tragedies in her life. There is reference to sexual abuse; and the literacy content is not suitable for school age students.

Part of series:

Megan Cuthbert     

Cree

Photo/illus. by:  Martha Jablonski-Jones     
2014 Weigl
Pre-School to Pre-School 9781770715615
Fiction Hardcover  
The Aboriginal Legends of Canada series is not recommended for classroom or learning common area. The series includes many inaccuracies such as: content images factual information generalization In addition, the series does not portray First Nations, Metis and Inuit from a contemporary perspective resulting in negative stereo types.

Part of series: Aboriginal Legends of Canada

Into the Woods

2014
Pre-School to Pre-School 9781554537129
Fiction  
This book is not recommended due to some of the subject matter and inaccuracies.

The Unkindness of Ravens

2013
Pre-School to Pre-School 9781554537143
Fiction  
This book is not recommended due to some of the subject matter and inaccuracies

Education Coalition Indigenous     

Getting Ready for the Feast

Photo/illus. by:  Education Coalition Indigenous     
2013 Nelson Education Canadian
Grade 1 to Grade 3 9780176679057
Fiction  
Please note that this book is not recommended for classroom use because the content does not accurately portray feast preparation, as well as the cultural significance. Getting Ready for the Feast is a levelled reading book from the Circle of Life: Learning from an Elder series. This picture book contains simple pattern sentences and illustrations for the emerging reader.

Part of series: Circle of Life: Learning from an Elder

Path of the Warrior

2009
Pre-School to Pre-School 7485134265986
Fiction  
Path of the Warrior by Richard Van Camp and Steven Keewatin Sanderson is not recommended for classroom use. This graphic novel contains a very detailed traumatic storyline, including negative graphic imagery.

Steven Keewatin Sanderson     

Lighting Up The Darkness

2011
Pre-School to Pre-School 5426187958432
Fiction  
Lighting Up the Darkness is a graphic novel available online from The Health Aboriginal Network. This graphic novel contains stereotypical images, derogatory reference, and illicit scenes (i.e. drinking, confrontation with police) and is not recommended for classroom use.

Margaret Wisebrown     

David's Little Indian

1989 Hopscotch Books
Pre-School to Pre-School 9780440802761
Fiction  
David's Little Indian is not recommended for use and should be removed from classroom and school circulation. This text contains many derogatory terms, negative illustrations and inferences, which promotes negative stereotypes of First Nations people.

Lawrence E.R. Adams     

The Amulet

2008 Trapps Publishing
Pre-School to Pre-School 9780978153212
Fiction Softcover  
Not recommended for use in the District as there are several cultural inaccuracies and no curricular connections.

Lawrence E.R. Adams     

The Famine

2009 Trapps Publishing
Pre-School to Pre-School 9780978153304
Fiction Softcover  
Not recommended for use in the District as there are several cultural inaccuracies and no curricular connections.

Lawrence E.R. Adams     

The Old One

2007 Trapps Publishing
Pre-School to Pre-School 9780978153205
Fiction Softcover  
Not recommended for use in the District as there are several cultural inaccuracies and no curricular connections.

Lawrence E.R. Adams     

The Stolen Soul

2008 Trapps Publishing
Pre-School to Pre-School 9780978153229
Fiction Softcover  
Not recommended for use in the District as there are several cultural inaccuracies and no curricular connections.

Part of series: The Trapps Family Adventures

May G. Evans      Bessie Evans     

Native American Dance Steps

2003 Barnes and Company Inc., New York
Pre-School to Pre-School 9780486427003
Fiction  
Native American Dance Steps was originally published in 1931 and this lightly abridged publication is not recommended for school and/or classroom use. Although the content for this publication is primarily on the Pueblo Tribes in New Mexico, this literature is highly offensive through terminology used, concepts explained and attempt to "civilize" Native American dancing and singing.

Drew Haydon Taylor     

Toronto at Dreamer's Rock

1990 Fifth House Books
Pre-School to Pre-School 9781897252703
Fiction Softcover  
Not recommended for use in schools due to mature content and subject matter. Drew Hayden Taylor is a wonderful author who writes with a raw honesty about First Nations people.

Sherman Alexie     

War Dances

2009 Grove Press
Pre-School to Pre-School 9780802119193
Fiction Hardcover  
Not recommended for Edmonton Public Schools - mature content; not independent read; as discussion regarding vernacular is needed.

Sherman Alexie     

The Business of Fancydancing

1992 Hanging Loose Press
Grade 10 to Grade 12 9780914610007
Fiction Softcover  
Alexie's collection of poems and stories is not recommended for general use in school and/or classroom libraries due to content and language. However some of the poetry and short stories may be suitable for high school students with sufficient educator support regarding content and language used. The collection of poetry and stories are thought provoking, provocative and wildly colourful. Alexie provides vivid insight into the perspectives of Native Americans in my situations such as powwows, family relations, stereotypes and school.

Gregory Scofield     

Kipohcikan

2009
Pre-School to Pre-School 9780889712281
Fiction  
Not recommended for us in schools due to mature language and content. Gregory Scofield is a talented Métis writer and poet.

Gregory Scofield     

Singing Home the Bones

2005
Pre-School to Pre-School 155192787X
Fiction Softcover  
Not recommended for use in schools due to mature language and content. Gregory Scofield is a talented Métis writer and poet.

Marshall Leigh George     

AK Skim Aan (Hunter)

2012
Pre-School to Pre-School 9780986905827
Fiction DVD  
This graphic novel is not recommended for use due to the strong violent and negative imagery.

David Alexander Robertson     

7 Generations - Ends/Begins

Photo/illus. by:  Scott Henderson     
2010 Highwater Press
Pre-School to Pre-School 9781553792628
Fiction  
Not recommended for use in Edmonton Public Schools. The graphic novel series contains sensitive subject matter and visual inferencing of abuse regarding residential schools. These titles are not independent reads as they require pre- and post- conversations with students regarding the legacy of residential schools and therefore not recommended.

Part of series: 7 Generations

David Alexander Robertson     

7 Generations - Scars

Photo/illus. by:  Scott Henderson     
2010 Highwater Press
Pre-School to Pre-School 9781553792284
Fiction  
Not recommended for use in Edmonton Public Schools. The graphic novel series contains sensitive subject matter and visual inferencing of abuse regarding residential schools. These titles are not independent reads as they require pre- and post- conversations with students regarding the legacy of residential schools and therefore not recommended.

Part of series: 7 Generations

David Alexander Robertson     

7 Generations - Stone

Photo/illus. by:  Scott Henderson     
2010 Highwater Press
Pre-School to Pre-School 9781553732277
Fiction  
Not recommended for use in Edmonton Public Schools. The graphic novel series contains sensitive subject matter and visual inferencing of abuse regarding residential schools. These titles are not independent reads as they require pre- and post- conversations with students regarding the legacy of residential schools and therefore not recommended.

Part of series: 7 Generations

Sherman Alexie     

Light

2007 Black Cat
Pre-School to Pre-School 9780802170378
Fiction Softcover  
This title is not recommended as it contains mature language and content not suitable for students. Sherman Alexie is a very talented write and captures the life of an "Indian" foster child.

Tomson Highway     

Comparing Mythologies

2003 University of Ottawa Press
Pre-School to Pre-School 9780776605678
Fiction Softcover  
Not appropriate for Edmonton Public schools due to mature content. Would be suitable for post-secondary. This book is well written and explains some of the Cree Language and Culture through mythology.

Sherman Alexie     

one stick song

2000 Hanging Loose Press
Pre-School to Pre-School 9781882413768
Fiction Softcover  
Not Recommended. Sherman Alexis is a talented writer, poet and story teller, however, the mature content of his work is not age appropriate for use in schools. CAUTION: mature content and language

Sherman Alexie     

Face

2009 Hanging Loose Press
Pre-School to Pre-School 9781931236706
Fiction Softcover  
Not Recommended. Sherman Alexis is a talented writer, poet and story teller, however, the mature content of his work is not age appropriate for use in schools. CAUTION: mature content and language

Canadian Geographic Regions: The North

2009
Pre-School to Pre-School 9781553881537
Fiction  
Not recommended for use in Edmonton Public Schools. Title contains misinformation regarding Inuit, legends and traditions. Stories contained in text are generalized and not referenced.

Richard Van Camp     

The Lesser Blessed

1996 Douglas & McIntyre
Grade 12 to Grade 12 9781550545258
Fiction Softcover  
Not recommended for use in schools due to mature content and sensitive subject matter. Richard Van Camp is a talent author from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, and is a member of the Dogrib Nation.

Catherine Knutsson     

Shadows Cast by Stars

2012 Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pre-School to Pre-School 9781442401914
Fiction Hardcover  
Not recommended. Shadows Cast by Stars is a dystopian novel set two hundred years from now, where the blood of Aboriginal people contains antibodies that protect them from a plague. This title contains stereotypes about First Nations people and mature content for readers.

Rachel A. Qitsualik     

Under the Ice

Photo/illus. by:  Jae Korim     
2012
Pre-School to Pre-School 9781927095065
Fiction  
Not recommended. Written and published in Nunavut, this sad tale tells the story of a helpless unwanted and cast away young boy.

Joanne Schwartz       Qaunaq Mikkigak     

The Legend of the Fog

Photo/illus. by:  Danny Christopher     
2011
Pre-School to Pre-School 9781927095058
Fiction  
Not recommended. An Inuit legend from Nunavut on how fog came to be. Quannaguaviniq "one who pretends to be frozen" encounters a Tuurngaq, an evil spirit while out on the land and must use his wit to escape. the illustrations are dark in nature and content not suitable for use in schools.

Storm Child

1985
Pre-School to Pre-School 0888627939
Fiction  
Not recommended, please weed out. This book is almost 30 years old, written with false information about the Blackfoot culture and mainly because it calls people "Peigan Indians".

Leslie Strudwick     

Inuit

2013 Weigl
Pre-School to Pre-School 9781619130920
Fiction Hardcover  
Weed out! Several inaccuracies regarding culture, tradition and history exist in the title. Stories and photographs included in the title are not referenced.

Petra Press     

The Blackfeet

2001 Compass Point Books
Grade 2 to Grade 6 9780756500788
Fiction Hardcover  
Not recommended for use in EPSB. It is written about the United States based Blackfeet People, in Canada they are Blackfoot, and even though the historical accounts and customs are similar, the dates and events used in this book are American centered. The book uses outdated terms like “Indian” and “Piegan.” The resource is written by a Non-Blackfeet author.

Part of series: First Reports

Mary Ellen Lang Collura     

Winners

1992 Greystone Books
Pre-School to Pre-School 9781550542233
Fiction  
Not recommended. This title contains stereotypes and is not recommended for use in Edmonton Public Schools.

Kathleen Coleclough     

The Legend of the Dreamcathcer

Photo/illus. by:  C. J. Taylor     
2007 Scholastic Canada Canadian
Grade 3 to Grade 6 9780779163533
Fiction  
Not Recommended. The illustrations that appear dark, creating a negative image of First Nations people. This book retells the legend of the dreamcatcher as told by the Ojibwa people. In addition, the story focuses on sadness and the accompanied Guided Reading Teaching Plan asks teachers to focus on the bad dreams.

David Bercuson     

Before Canada

2008 Mason Crest Publishers
Pre-School to Pre-School 9780779173136
Fiction Hardcover  
Not recommended. This title contains misinformation, non-referencing of quotes or acknowledgements of persons in photographs, poor use of language and overall generalizations of Aboriginal peoples.

Part of series: How Canada Became Canada

George Lalor     

The Foot of the River

Photo/illus. by:  Real Berard     
1986 Pemmican Publications Inc
Pre-School to Pre-School 0919143431
Fiction  
Good historical account of three communities on the Winnipeg River including Fort Alexander, Victoria Beach and St. George. Some consultation with Cree and Metis people, but not written from Aboriginal perspective.

Sandra Samatte     

The Bannock Bread Boy

Photo/illus. by:  Sheldon Dawson     
2011 Native Reflections
Pre-School to Pre-School 9781926896212
Fiction  
NOT RECOMMENDED! This book is an adaptation of the famous, The Gingerbread boy. It contains poorly written text as well as illustrations that are situated firmly in the past. At least one mistake was immediately evident in the illustrations: tipi openings face different directions-rather than all facing east.

Michael De Medeiros      Call number: DE

The North

2006 Weigl
Grade 4 to Grade 7 1553881532
Non-Fiction  
Not recommended for us in Edmonton Public Schools. Title contains misinformation regarding Inuit, legends and traditions. Stories contained in text are generalized and not referenced.

Part of series: Canadian Geographic Regions

Lawrence E.R. Adams     

The Creator

Photo/illus. by:  Robert Adams     
2008 Trapps Publishing
Pre-School to Pre-School $9.95 9780978153236
Fiction  
Not recommended for use in the District as there are several cultural inaccuracies and no curricular connections.

Part of series: The Trapps Family Adventures

Bobbie Kalman     

Native Homes

2001 Crabtree
Pre-School to Pre-School 9780778704638
Fiction  
Please weed out. The book contains misinterpretation of sources, incorrect facts, and cultural practices.

Bobbie Kalman     

Life in a Plains Camp

2001 Crabtree
Pre-School to Pre-School 9780778704614
Fiction  
Please weed out. While there is visual appeal, some illustrations, photographs are heavily romanticized, and specific tribes not named. The information in general contains errors and misleading.

Arrow to the sun

1974 USA
Pre-School to Pre-School 0140502114
Fiction  
This Caldecott winner is on many of our library shelves already. It has beautiful illustrations and could be the basis of many art projects. Reasons to remove this book: The author acknowledges that it is a retelling but nowhere is there authentication from the community the story allegedly comes from. Also children would not be ridiculed for not knowing their fathers as children from traditional Pueblo culture are born to a large extended family, not a single unit.

Jennifer Storm     

Deadly Loyalties

2007 Theytus Books
Grade 12 to Grade 12 $16.95 9781894778398
Fiction Softcover  
A raw, heart-breaking, factual story of a 13 year old Native girl making bad choices and learning the consequences. She sees her friend murdered, is initiated into a gang and is involved in thefts, drugs, alcohol, sex and loss of self and dignity. Through it all she often thinks of her mother whose lifestyle is unstable yet there is love between them. Although true, this book is not for students until university but would be a good study in resilience and belonging. [review by Denise Beachell, March 2011]

Erinn Banting     

Inuit

2010 Weigl Publishers, Inc.
Pre-School to Pre-School 9781553885177
Fiction  
Cross cultural and misinformation about the Inuit such as the use of pemmican which was not used by the Inuit. Not recommended for use and please weed out.

George Lalor     

Old Woman Island

Photo/illus. by:  Real Berard     
Canadian
Pre-School to Pre-School 1894717147
Fiction  

Yvette Edmonds     

Yuit

2007
Grade 4 to Grade 6 $6.95 0929141202
Fiction Softcover  
Please weed out! Liak, a young Inuk girl who chooses to adopt an orphaned albino seal pup even though it is considered bad luck to her culture, eventually gets banished from her village. There are numerous cultural inaccuracies throughout the book and therefore not recommended.

Martin Rafe     

The Rough Faced Girl

Photo/illus. by:  David Shannon     
1992
Grade 4 to Grade 6 $7.50 9780698116269
Fiction Softcover  
Although premised as an Algonquin Indian Cinderella tale, this story is far from it. The character in the book is abused directly or indirectly by action or inaction from the father, sisters and villagers. Reference to the rainbow and stars in the book are in fact symbols of death to the Mi’Kmaq. Please weed out of your library.

Ghost Dance Caper

1978
Pre-School to Pre-School 9780773674073
Fiction  
Recommend weeding out. Title is out of date.

Brother Eagle, Sister Sky

Photo/illus. by:  Susan Jeffers     
1991 Dial Books
Pre-School to Pre-School $23.95 9780803709690
Fiction  
While the illustrations are beautiful, they represent Aboriginal people as alike and we do not see the diversity that exists in our communities both visually and culturally. The illustrations also give the impression that Aboriginal people are disappearing. This is not an appropriate message for any child, let alone the FNMI children in our classrooms. The use of "Chief Seattle's" words are suspect in that there is no evidence that he gave the kind of speech that Jeffers has used in this book. This book was first published before there were Aboriginal content validation processes.

Arthur C. Parker      Call number: PAR

The Indian How Book

1954 Dover
Pre-School to Pre-School 9780486217673
Non-Fiction Softcover  
This book has all the characteristics of a book to weed out. It is condescending, incorrect and uses derogatory language. There are stereotypical images and often Aboriginal people are treated as exhibitions. Take it off the shelf!

Distributors Educational      Call number: EDU

Ways of Life in Canada: Histories and Stories

2007 Canadian
Pre-School to Pre-School 1552966356
Non-Fiction  
While this resource includes Social Studies strands and some thoughtful questions, as well as more concrete recall questions, there are several errors in definitions, terminology, historical events,interpretations of FNMI perspectives and content. This guide should not be considered or weeded out if already purchased.

Lynne Reid Banks     

Indian in the Cupboard

1980 Avon
Pre-School to Pre-School 9780380600120
Fiction Softcover  
Initially the elements of fantasy, wish fulfillment and magic would appeal to many 10-12 year olds. However we see the "Indian" Little Bear described using negative sterotypes regarding Aboriginal people. The relationship between Omri and Little Bear is paternalistic with Little Bear "allowed" only those characteristics and capabilities "given" to him by Omri. In this book Aboriginal people are shown to be savage, violent, uncivilized but occasionally noble. Little Bear is said to be Iroquois but wears the clothing of a Plains First Nation person.

Elizabeth George Speare     

Sign of the Beaver

1983 Dell
Pre-School to Pre-School 0395338905
Fiction Softcover  
There are significant issues that necessitate its urgent removal from any collection. Objections include the derogatory term "squaw," and the pidgin English spoken by the Aboriginal people in the story. The descriptions of the feast as "wild" and the dancing as "ridiculous" is disrespectful and inaccurate. The scene of the fox caught in a trap and Atteana's disinterest in helping the animal is contrary to teachings about the sacredness of the relationship between people and the natural world.

Normee Ekoomiak     

Arctic Memories

Photo/illus. by:  Normee Ekoomiak     
1992 Henry Holt and Company Canadian
Grade 2 to Grade 2 $10.95 080502347X
Fiction Softcover  
Written in both English and Inuktikuk, various elements of Inuit culture and identity are explored. The accompanying illustrations are detailed and appealing and would generate teacher-led discussion about Inuit culture. This looks like it would be a good support resource for Grade 2 Social Studies. Unfortunately, two stories, 'The Curse,' and 'Mermaids and the Narwhal,' are violent and not appropriate for young learners. The author's note on the back cover is not accurate; Cree people were not the source of the word 'Eskimo'. Given these concerns, this picture book should not be used. There are other more recently written books that cover Inuit culture more respectfully and appropriately young children.

James Houston     

Tikia'liktak

1965 Longmans Canada Limited USA
Pre-School to Pre-School 3333333333
Fiction  
This is an old favorite and still in some libraries today, even though it was written in 1965. For the time, the writing was powerful and provided a lot of detail about the life of the Inuit people in the past. However, there is nothing in the book that lets children today know that this is indeed the past and that the modern Inuit live very differently. The primary objection is the use of the word Eskimo, which is considered offensive.

Erinn Banting     

Inuit

2008 Weigl
Pre-School to Pre-School $23.95 9781553883258
Fiction  
Like all books in this series, on the surface it looks interesting. However there are some serious problems with the information given. It jumps around between past and present. Some of the information was incorrect--eg Inuit do not eat bones or drink blood. Also hunting was done according to location, weather, season and not spirits. Very basic information but poorly researched.

Call number: 971.9004 PEO

People of the North

2010 Weigl Canadian
Pre-School to Pre-School 9781553889588
Non-Fiction Hardcover  
Not recommended. Although the title contains informational text about life in the arctic, much of the cultural information is inaccurate therefore, not recommended.

The Disappearance & Resurgence of the Buffalo

2010
Pre-School to Pre-School 1111111111
Fiction  
This book is not recommended. First nations reviewer felt it presented "spiritual" or "Aboriginal" content out of context. It also trivializes ceremonial practices and the terminology is Americanized. Teacher review felt the art work was beautiful and would use that, but felt many of the "facts" were biased and opinion was presented as fact.

Jan Hudson     

Sweetgrass

1984 PaperStar Book
Grade 5 to Grade 9 $8.99 0698117638
Fiction Softcover  
Sweetgrass is a 15 year old member of the Blood tribe. Becoming a woman is everything to her and she worries about her parents choosing a husband for her when she already loves somebody else. The story is set in the 19th century but Sweetgrass appears to be more representative of today than of the 19th century. Teachers need to be cautioned against using this book if it is meant to support a historical unit in social studies. It would be a novel better suited to the exploration of identity, gender issues and feminism. It is not recommended for grade 4 social studies.

William Hunter      Ellyn Sanna      Call number: HUN

Canada's Modern-Day First Nations: Nunavut & Evolving Relationships

2006 Mason Crest Publishers
Grade 4 to Grade 12 $28.55 9781422200100
Non-Fiction Hardcover  
This book looks at the history, politics, government, customs and social life of the Inuit and First Nations living in Nunavut. A wide variety of both modern and historic photographs accompany the text and add to the rich detail of this book.However it has a lot of misinformation: Inuit are not First Nations people, quotes are not attributed to specific individuals, photographs are not identified and so forth. Second Review - Not recommended, please weed out. This title contains misinformation, non-referenceing of quotes or acknowledgements of persons in photographs, poor use of language and overall generalizations of Aboriginal peoples.

Part of series: How Canada Became Canada

Raquel Rivera     

Tuk and the whale

Pre-School to Pre-School 9780888996893
Fiction  
Our Inuit reviewer made the following comments "several misguided views and information in the Inuit" "Inuit and First Nations cultures are mixed and therefore the author does not have a very good grasp of Inuit culture"

Erinn Banting     

Cree

2008 Weigl
Grade 2 to Grade 7 $23.95 9781553883395
Fiction Hardcover  
This book is not recommended, and neither are any of the ones in the series. There are many inaccuracies in both text and photography. We gave different books to members of the different First Nations and their responses were similar: -simplistic representations of the culture -confusion between spiritual beliefs and religion -doesn't separate modern and historical practices -inaccuracies in text and photograph identification -traditions assigned to one culture that belongs to a different one

Part of series: Canadian Aboriginal Art and Culture

Raquel Rivera     

Arctic Adventures

2007
Pre-School to Pre-School 9780888997142
Fiction  
Please weed out! The author interviewed Inuit elders and obtained stories and "shaped" them to suit a children's book. The stories have been taken out of context. Some illustrations are dark in nature.

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