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Come Walk in My Moccasins Newsletter
April 2023

In this Issue:

Books: Life Cycles of Caribou, Niiwin Bakwadinaan, Walking Together, Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask
Our Music: Rock Your World
Our Arts: Ribbon Skirts
Our Words: Language Learning: Animals
Our Stories: Joining the Big Drum
Our Traditions: Hand Drum Teachings
Recipe: Oneida Traditional & Healthy Foods Cookbook
Featured Books
Life Cycles of Caribou

Infant & Toddler

Life Cycles of Caribou by Monica Ittusardjuat and illustrated by Emma Pedersen is a dual language board book for young children. The text shares six important terms in Inuktitut syllabics, Inuktitut Roman orthography, and English for the caribou throughout their life cycles. Each word is accompanied by a colour two page image of the caribou on the land and through the seasons. (excerpt from
Niiwin Bakwadinaan / The Four Hills of Life for Children

Preschool & Kindergarten

The Four Hills of Life for Children written by Elizabeth Albert-Peacock, is translated by Manidoo Maiingan and illustrated by Anna Granholm. This is a four part book for pre-school and early elementary age children written in two versions - English/Ojibwemowin and entirely Ojibwemowin. The book tells the story about the cycle of life, a traditional Ojibwe tale. (excerpt from
Walking Together


A poetic, joyful celebration of the Lands and Waters as Spring unfolds: we watch for Robin's return, listen for Frog's croaking, and wonder at Maple Tree's Gift of Sap. Grounded in Etuaptmumk, also known as Two-Eyed Seeing, the Gift of Multiple Perspectives, and the Mi’kmaw concept of Netukulimk, meaning to protect Mother Earth for the Ancestors, present, and future generations, 'Walking Together' nurtures respectful, reciprocal, responsible relationships with the Land and Water, Plant-life, Animals and Other-Than-Human Beings for the benefit of all. This innovative picture book introduces readers to the concept of Etuaptmumk—or Two-Eyed Seeing in the Mi’kmaw language—as we follow a group of young children connecting to nature as their Teacher. (excerpt from
Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask


Anton Treuer is an Ojibwe scholar and cultural preservationist. In this book he addresses nearly 200 questions on a range of topics—questions that are thoughtful and outrageous, modern and historical, and always interesting.

A revised and updated edition of a modern classic offers answers to nearly 200 essential and thought-provoking questions about the Native people of North America.

What have you always wanted to know about Indians? Do you feel like you should already know the answers—or are concerned that your questions may be offensive? For more than a decade, Anton Treuer's clear, candid, and informative book has answered questions for tens of thousands of readers. This revised edition both revisits old questions from a new perspective and expands on topics that have become increasingly relevant over the past decade, including activism and tribal enrollment; truth and reconciliation efforts; gender roles and identities in Indigenous communities; the status of Alaskan Natives and Canadian First Nations; and much more. This book contains 20 B&W photos, notes, bibliography, index. (excerpt from

Our Music 
Rock Your World

Noah Green of the Edmonton-based drum group Chubby Cree sings his popular song, Rock Your World. Video made by Soniquinn Studios, filmed on the banks of the Bulkley River. (1:51 minute video)
Our Arts
Ribbon Skirts

"Our stories tell us that the ribbon skirt symbolizes the Tee Pee, a place we call home. It touches the ground, which is our Mother Earth. A ribbon skirt is worn to let Mother Earth know we are women."
Our Words
Language Learning: Animals

Practice saying animal names in Mohawk & Ojibwe with our puppets. (1:10 minute video)
Our Stories
Joining the Big Drum

Zen Hunter shares his experience joining the large drum. (3:36 minute video)
Our Traditions
Hand Drum Teachings

Hayley from Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child & Family Services shares hand drum teachings, songs, and a drum creation story.
(34:01 minute video)
Indigenous Fusion Recipe
Oneida Traditional & Healthy Foods Cookbook

This book is a collaboration between the First Nations Development Institute and the Oneida Community Integrated Food System (OCIFS) Members. The OCIFS members worked closely with Oneida Community Elders and local nutritionists to demonstrate to the community at various workshops how to cook with traditional, local foods in the cultural tradition. 
Indigenous Language Resources
Ojibwa language booklet
Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na provides Mohawk language and culture programming at the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory (the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte). They run several programs, including Totáhne (At Grandma's House) for preschool children, Kawenna'ón:we Primary Immersion (K-4) and Shatiwennakará:tats, a year long program for Adults.
Kingston Indigenous Language Nest invites you to engage in language revitalization with Dibajimowin: Urban Indigenous Languages Revitalization Project. The centerpiece of this website is a collection of thirty digital stories about culture and language made by community members. Each personal story shares insights into the barriers to language learning and cultural connection as well as the many ways we are resilient and relentless. For each story, we pulled out key themes to create new language learning resources such as vocabulary lessons, creative activities and cultural teachings. We have sorted the stories in different ways: by digital story, by language and by cultural teachings. Explore and Enjoy!
Free Anishinaabemowin printable resources, lesson plans, and videos to help learn the language
Courses and Resources
Toronto Zoo- Turtle Island Conservation
Toronto Zoo's Turtle Island Conservation programme (TIC) respectfully shares the hopes and goals of First Nation partners in our committment to the preservation of biodiversity. TIC partners with First Nation communities to preserve community knowledge and significant natural and cultural landscapes.
Resources available in Ojibwe and Mohawk. 
Resource website for Anishinaabe culture, history and language
Resource for Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Practitioners
Guide for Evaluating Indigenous Children's Books
Beauty in Movement: An Indigenous Guide to Physical Activity 
Pamphlet about the importance of physical activity and ideas to get children moving
Gathering Communities Making Connections
A list of resources and services for people of Indigenous Ancestry, and for those who work with them
Sources for Indigenous books:
Indigenous Book Lending:
Language & Culture Awareness Month Events by Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na
April 2023
Spring Fun with Indigenous Interprofessional Primary Care Team, Kingston, ON
Thursday, April 6
Indigenous Languages Playgroup: Beaded Red Dress Pins, Kingston, ON
Thursday, April 20
Tea with Kokum, Kingston, ON
Thursday, April 27
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