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Come Walk in My Moccasins Newsletter
January 2023

In this Issue:

Books: Mi'kmaq Alphabet Book, My Dear Nuakuluapik, Just Like Grandma, What the Chickadee Knows
Our Music: Anishinaabe Kwe
Our Arts: Indigenous Arts Protocols
Our Words: Introduction in Anishinaabemowin
Our Stories: How Birds Got Their Feathers
Our Traditions: Storytelling
Recipe: Lemon Blueberry Muffins
Featured Books
Mi'kmaq Alphabet Book

Infant and Toddler

From Ant (Gligoetjit) to Wolf (Paqtism) and beyond, this vibrantly illustrated Mi'kmaq Alphabet board book is sure to delight the young and the young at heart. (excerpt from
My Dear Nuakuluapik

Preschool and Kindergarten

A woman fondly reflects on her childhood with her Nuakuluapik.

She remembers all the things they used to do together and how kind her Nuakuluapik always was. This heartfelt story illuminates the strength of intergenerational relationships and the ways we hold onto loved ones even after they are gone. (excerpt from

Just Like Grandma


In this lyrical picture book by Kim Rogers, Wichita, with illustrations by Julie Flett, Cree-Métis, Becca watches her grandma create, play, and dance—and she knows that she wants to be just like Grandma.

Becca loves spending time with Grandma. Every time Becca says, “Let me try,” Grandma shows her how to make something beautiful. Whether they are beading moccasins, dancing like the most beautiful butterflies, or practicing basketball together, Becca knows that, more than anything, she wants to be just like Grandma. And as the two share their favorite activities, Becca discovers something surprising about Grandma. (excerpt from

What the Chickadee Knows


Margaret Noodin who is of Anishinaabe descent, explains in the preface of her new poetry collection, What the Chickadee Knows (Gijigijigaaneshiinh Gikendaan), "Whether we hear giji-giji-gaane-shii-shii or chick-a-dee-dee-dee depends on how we have been taught to listen. Our world is shaped by the sounds around us and the filter we use to turn thoughts into words. The lines and images here were conceived first in Anishinaabemowin and then in English. They are an attempt to hear and describe the world according to an Anishinaabe paradigm." The book is concerned with nature, history, tradition, and relationships, and these poems illuminate the vital place of the author’s tribe both in the past and within the contemporary world. What the Chickadee Knows is a gesture toward a future that includes Anishinaabemowin and other indigenous languages seeing growth and revitalization. This bilingual collection includes Anishinaabemowin and English, with the poems mirroring one another on facing pages. In the first part, "What We Notice" (E-Maaminonendamang), Noodin introduces a series of seasonal poems that invoke Anishinaabe science and philosophy. The second part, "History" (Gaa Ezhiwebag), offers nuanced contemporary views of Anishinaabe history. The poems build in urgency, from observations of the natural world and human connection to poems centered in powerful grief and remembrance for events spanning from the Sandy Lake Tragedy of 1850, which resulted in the deaths of more than four hundred Ojibwe people, to the Standing Rock water crisis of 2016, which resulted in the prosecution of Native protesters and, ultimately, the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline on sacred land. The intent of What the Chickadee Knows is to create a record of the contemporary Anishinaabe worldview as it is situated between the traditions of the past and as it contributes to the innovation needed for survival into the future. Readers of poetry with an interest in world languages and indigenous voices will need this book. (excerpt from
Our Music 
Anishinaabe Kwe

In this video Deborah Littlejohn sings Anishinaabe Kwe.

Anishinaabe Kwe Na kiiminodoodem - Anishinaabe Woman you are doing good work. (3:53 minute video)
Our Arts
Indigenous Arts Protocols

This video was created by the Ontario Arts Council as a tool to highlight the significance of Indigenous cultural protocols in the arts. (10:07 minute video)
Our Words
Introduction in Anishinaabemowin

Learn to introduce yourself in Anishinaabemowin with Diane and Gidge from North Hastings Children's Services.(1:33 minute video)
Our Stories
How the Birds Got Their Feathers

Listen as Kay Olan shares this traditional story of how the birds got their feathers. (12:00 minute video)
Our Traditions
Winter Storytelling

First Nations, Inuit, and Metis cultures have long passed on knowledge from generation to generation through oral stories. Storytelling is a traditional method used to teach about cultural beliefs, values, customs, rituals, history, practices, and relationships. Steve Curwood from Living on Earth, talks with Abenaki author, Joesph Bruchac as he shares winter stories and traditions. (18:18 minute recording)
Indigenous Fusion Recipe
Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Coconut flour is a great gluten-free alternative. It is a very "thirsty" flour and requires lots of moisture. It can also be very lumpy so always sift coconut flour before mixing in your other ingredients. 
This recipe is from the Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle Recipe Collection.
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:
Full Moon Ceremony, Tyendinaga, ON
Friday, January 6
Indigenous Peoples Night - Kingston Frontenacs vs. Owen Sound Attack, Kingston, ON
Friday, January 6
Binesshiinyag Biboong (Winter Bird Walk), Kingston, ON
Friday, January 6 & Saturday, January 7
The Seven Dancers: An Indigenous Story of Our Stars, Stratford, ON
Saturday, January 14
Mid-Winter Ceremony, Kingston, ON
Saturday, January 21
Tea with Kokum, Kingston, ON
Thursday, January 26
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