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Come Walk in My Moccasins Newsletter
June 2024
In this Issue:

Books: Peekaboo! Nanuq and Nuka Look for Colours, Makoons, Discovering and Understanding the Métis, Indigenous Toronto Stories That Carry This Place
Our Music: Algonquin Water Song
Our Words: Let's Make a Craft with Mohawk Language
Our Stories: The First Strawberry
Recipe: Stewed Rhubarb
Featured Books
Peekaboo! Nanuq and Nuka Look for Shapes

Infant and Toddler

Can you help Nanuq and Nuka look for colours?

In this interactive book, Nanuq and Nuka explore the world around them and look for different colours. Children can pull up the flap and find the hidden colours!

This is an Arvaaq Book. Books in this series are intended for infants and very young children and are designed to help children develop physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language skills. (excerpt from


Preschool and Kindergarten

Makoons, a children's picture book, offers a tender glimpse into the life of a young Ojibwe bear cub and its mother, weaving a narrative rich with cultural wisdom, environmental stewardship, and the universal themes of growth and learning. Born in the cozy confines of a den during the chill of January, Makoons, which means "Little Bear," embarks on a journey of discovery and learning under the nurturing guidance of his mother. From the basics of survival, such as hibernation, finding food, and the importance of choosing the right tree to climb in times of danger, to more complex lessons about the interconnectedness of nature and the bear's role in forest ecology, Makoons learns the essentials of bear life. (excerpt from
Discovering and Understanding The Métis


From their origins to their lives today, the Métis have so many things to tell us! Thanks to beautiful photos, illustrations, and texts written by experts, we can learn and understand more about the rich culture of the Métis. (excerpt from
Indigenous Toronto Stories That Carry This Place 

Young Adult

Rich and diverse narratives of Indigenous Toronto, past and present

Beneath many major North American cities rests a deep foundation of Indigenous history that has been colonized, paved over, and, too often, silenced. Few of its current inhabitants know that Toronto has seen twelve thousand years of uninterrupted Indigenous presence and nationhood in this region, along with a vibrant culture and history that thrives to this day.

With contributions by Indigenous Elders, scholars, journalists, artists, and historians, this unique anthology explores the poles of cultural continuity and settler colonialism that have come to define Toronto as a significant cultural hub and intersection that was also known as a Meeting Place long before European settlers arrived.

"This book is a reflection of endurance and a helpful corrective to settler fantasies. It tells a more balanced account of our communities, then and now. It offers the space for us to reclaim our ancestors’ language and legacy, rewriting ourselves back into a landscape from which non Indigenous historians have worked hard to erase us. But we are there in the skyline and throughout the GTA, along the coast and in all directions." – from the introduction by Hayden King.
(excerpt from
Our Music 
Algonquin Water Song

Diane from North Hastings Children's Services shares the Algonquin Water Song. (2:31 minute video)
Our Words
Let's Make a Craft in Mohawk Language

Use Mohawk language directions to learn how to make the Three Sisters out of pinecones. (3:41 minute video)
Our Stories
The First Strawberries

Read along to The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story retold by Joseph Bruchac and illustrated by Anna Vojtech. (4:04 minute video)

Indigenous Fusion Recipe
Stewed Rhubarb

This stewed rhubarb is incredibly easy to make and requires only three ingredients. Its naturally sweetened with honey and orange juice (and not sugar!) and has a wonderful balance of sweet, tart and citrus flavor. It will last for up to 5 days in the fridge or 1 year in the freezer! This recipe was shared at a family program held at Kingston's Indigenous Food Sovereignty Garden. Chi miigwech!
Indigenous Language Resources
Short lessons to learn words and phrases you can use daily at work and home
Language Resources created with the intention of learning and developing your knowledge of the Michif language. The resources featured are trilingual including the following languages; Michif, French, and English.

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.
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 for Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Practitioners
Beauty in Movement: An Indigenous Guide to Physical Activity 
Pamphlet about the importance of physical activity and ideas to get children moving
Sources for Indigenous books:
Indigenous Book Lending:
Joe Pitawanakwat of Creators Garden: Traditional Medicines, Kingston, ON and ONLINE
Friday, June 7
Ribbon Skirt Workshop, Sharbot Lake, ON
Saturday, June 15
2nd Annual Strawberry Social, Tyendinaga, ON
Thursday, June 20
Indigenous Day Celebration, North Hastings, ON
Friday, June 21
National Indigenous Peoples Day, Kingston, ON
Friday, June 21
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