Today I went to an Authentic First Peoples Resources for Grades K-7 workshop sponsored by FNESC (First Nations Educational Steering Committee.) Not only were we introduced to lessons, units, and literature, we had the opportunity to meet with teachers from across the province and learn from each other. (There were no complaints about the food either)
Here are a few of the resources our table worked with.
A River Lost by Lynn Bragg
This heartbreaking picture book left our small group deeply dismayed. Sinee and her great-grandmother, Toopa, tell the story of the people who were forced off their land when the Grand Coulee Dam was built. As the river was lost, so was the salmon, and along with it, a way of life. On top of this ecological disaster, we learn that payment to the people for this loss didn't come for 50 years.
Beaver Steals Fire: A Salish Coyote Story by Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
This charming tale tells the story of Coyote's plan to get some animal people, Grizzly Bear, Wren, Snake, Frog, Eagle, and Beaver to work together to steal fire from Curlew, keeper of the sky world. I liked all of it except when snake ate frog.
This retelling is illustrated with traditional west coast illustrations. It tells how robin helped the humans keep their fire going and in doing this, burned his chest so that it turned red.