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Learning about Residential Schools
First Peoples Principles of Learning
Move Forward with Courage
Move Forward with Courage
This project has been initiated by the North Vancouver School District Aboriginal Education team, to support the Indigenization of the school curriculum.
Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement
Collaborative partnership to increase the academic and personal success of all students of Aboriginal ancestry in the North Vancouver School District.
Fiction and Non-Fiction
On the Side of the Angels (English) by
Publication Date: 2020-09-15
Jose Kusugak had a typical Arctic childhood, growing up playing games, enjoying food caught by hunters, and watching his mother preparing skins. But he was one of the first generation of Inuit children who were taken from their homes and communities and sent to live in Residential School.
The Barren Grounds by
Publication Date: 2020-09-08
Morgan and Eli, two Indigenous children forced away from their families and communities, are brought together in a foster home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They each feel disconnected, from their culture and each other, and struggle to fit in at school and at their new home until they find a secret portal to another reality. They meet Ochek, the only hunter supporting his starving community who teaches the kids traditional ways to survive.
Publication Date: 2016
An Ojibwe boy runs away from a North Ontario Indian School, not realizing just how far away home is. Along the way he's followed by Manitous, spirits of the forest who comment on his plight, cajoling, taunting, and ultimately offering him a type of comfort on his difficult journey back to the place he was so brutally removed from.
Monkey Beach by
Publication Date: 2001-01-09
This tragedy strikes a Native community when the Hill family's handsome seventeen-year-old son, Jimmy, mysteriously vanishes at sea. Left behind to cope during the search-and-rescue effort is his sister, Lisamarie, a wayward teenager with a dark secret. She sets off alone in search of Jimmy through the Douglas Channel and heads for Monkey Beach--a shore famed for its sasquatch sightings. Infused by turns with darkness and humour, Monkey Beach is a spellbinding voyage into the long, cool shadows of B.C.'s Coast Mountains, blending teen culture, Haisla lore, nature spirits and human tenderness into a multi-layered story of loss and redemption.
From the Ashes by
Publication Date: 2019-08-06
From the Ashes is a remarkable memoir about hope and resilience, and a revelatory look into the life of a Métis-Cree man who refused to give up. Abandoned by his parents as a toddler, Jesse Thistle briefly found himself in the foster-care system with his two brothers, cut off from all they had known. Eventually the children landed in the home of their paternal grandparents, whose tough-love attitudes quickly resulted in conflicts.
Coyote Tales by
Publication Date: 2017-10-03
Two tales, set in a time "when animals and human beings still talked to each other," display Thomas King's cheeky humor and master storytelling skills.
Fatty Legs by
Publication Date: 2010-09-01
Eight-year-old Margaret Pokiak has set her sights on learning to read, even though it means leaving her village in the high Arctic. Faced with unceasing pressure, her father finally agrees to let her make the five-day journey to attend school, but he warns Margaret of the terrors of Residential Schools.
Take Us to Your Chief by
Publication Date: 2017-04-11
A forgotten Haudenosaunee social song beams into the cosmos like a homing beacon for interstellar visitors. A computer learns to feel sadness and grief from the history of atrocities committed against First Nations. A young Native man discovers the secret to time travel in ancient petroglyphs. The nine stories in this collection span all traditional topics of science fiction--from peaceful aliens to hostile invaders; from space travel to time travel; from government conspiracies to connections across generations.
Three Feathers by
Publication Date: 2015-03-02
Three young men -- Flinch, Bryce, and Rupert -- have vandalized their community. They are sent by its Elders to live nine months on the land as part of the circle sentencing process. There, the young men learn to take responsibility for their actions and acquire the humility required to return home. But will they be forgiven for what they have done? Three Feathers explores the power and grace of restorative justice in one Northern Indigenous community and the cultural legacy that can empower future generations.
The Crooked Good by
Publication Date: 2008-04-01
Through the voice of "Turn-around Woman," Louise Halfe guides the reader on a three-fold journey down a path where the personal, the historical and the mythic walk hand-in-hand. Louise Halfe revisits familiar aboriginal themes, but pushes them farther than she has before, in this third collection of her moving, powerful poetry. The ancestors speak through a Mother's fireside stories, and the figure of Rolling Head recurs everywhere on the path - as nightmare, as conscience, as maternal lover. The heartbreaking dysfunction of a Native family, and the haunted memories and temptations of one woman's quest, are tempered by the tenderness, the loyalty, and the outbursts of earthy laughter that distinguish Louise Halfe's unique gifts as a poet and as mediator between two cultures.
They Called Me Number One by
Publication Date: 2013-06-04
Like thousands of Aboriginal children in Canada, and elsewhere in the colonized world, Xatsu'll chief Bev Sellars spent part of her childhood as a student in a church-run residential school. In this frank and poignant memoir of her years at St. Joseph's Mission, Sellars breaks her silence about the residential school's lasting effects on her and her family--from substance abuse to suicide attempts--and eloquently articulates her own path to healing.
Speaking Our Truth by
Publication Date: 2017-09-19
Canada's relationship with its Indigenous people has suffered as a result of both the residential school system and the lack of understanding of the historical and current impact of those schools. Healing and repairing that relationship requires education, awareness and increased understanding of the legacy and the impacts still being felt by Survivors and their families. Guided by acclaimed Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith, readers will learn about the lives of Survivors and listen to allies who are putting the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into action.
The Winter We Danced by
Publication Date: 2014-04-01
The Winter We Danced is a vivid collection of writing, poetry, lyrics, art and images from the many diverse voices that make up the past, present, and future of the Idle No More movement. Calling for pathways into healthy, just, equitable and sustainable communities while drawing on a wide-ranging body of narratives, journalism, editorials and creative pieces, this collection consolidates some of the most powerful, creative and insightful moments from the winter we danced and gestures towards next steps in an on-going movement for justice and Indigenous self-determination.
21 Things You Many Not Know About the Indiant Act by
Publication Date: 2018
Guide to understanding the legal document and its repercussion on generations of Indigenous Peoples, written by a leading cultural sensitivity trainer.
Red Rooms by
Publication Date: 2013-05-01
Naomi, an Indigenous chambermaid in a busy downtown hotel, amuses herself by imagining the past, present and future lives of five hotel guests, whom she observed in passing, in the hotel lobby and through relics left in their rooms. Struck by their remains, their footprints and their clues, Naomi patches them together to weave tales of infatuation, love, infidelity, illness, death and family.
The Break by
Publication Date: 2018-03-06
When Stella, a young Métis mother, looks out her window one evening and spots someone in trouble on the Break -- a barren field on an isolated strip of land outside her house -- she calls the police to alert them to a possible crime.
People of the Land by
Publication Date: 2009-12-22
The sacred legends of four First Nations--Lil'wat, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh--have been passed down from generation to generation through the Elders and are integral to the teachings and Oral Traditions of First Nations peoples.
A Tale of Two Shamans by
Publication Date: 2019-05-31
"This Haida manga intriguingly blends graphic storytelling with a fine art sensibility... Yahgulanaas communicates via an arresting series of images evoking the traditional visual arts of the Haida people."
Forests and Oceans for the Future
Research group based at UBC that focuses on ecological knowledge research conducted in collaboration with North Coast BC communities.
Learning for a Suistanable Future
Classroom resources for teachers.
Photo Essay on residents of Tuktoyaktuk which may become the first community in Canada to relocate due to coastal erosion and sea-level rise.
Arts & Culture Resources
NFB- Indigenous Cinema
NFB online collection of Indigenous-made films.
Indigenous Tourism BC
Visit Indigenous-owned and curated collections of art made by Indigenous painters, jewellers, carvers, and weavers.
c̓əsnaʔəm, the City Before the City
An exhibition featuring c̓əsnaʔəm, an important ancestral village of the Musqueam First Nation.
Museum of Anthropology
The Museum of Anthropology features sculptures, textiles, bentwood boxes, feast dishes and canoes from the Northwest Coast.
JB The First Lady
Vancouver-based hip hop and spoken word artist, beat-boxer, cultural dancer and youth educator from the Nuxalk & Onondaga Nations.