Subject: Indigenous Family Literacy Circle May 2024 Newsletter

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

Books: My Little Métis Sleepy Horse, Sometimes I Feel Like An Oak, A Family Tree, In Whispers: Simon and Carolina
Our Music: Mohawk Water Song
Our Words: Spring Words in Anishinaabemowin
Our Stories: Aandeg Finds Their Purpose
Our Traditions: Cree Walking Out Ceremony
Recipe: Dandelion Shortbread Cookies
Featured Books
My Little Métis Sleepy Horse

Infant and Toddler 

My Little Métis Sleepy Horse is a bedtime story in a board book format that is best read aloud by adult caregivers to small children. Horse stories are an important theme in Métis oral history and telling horse-themed stories can help reconnect children to their Métis cultural roots on the high plains. Award-winning, bestselling author, and artist, Leah Marie Dorion captures our connection to horses through her vivid paintings. (excerpt from
Sometimes I Feel Like an Oak

Preschool and Kindergarten

Following the success of Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox and Sometimes I Feel Like a River, this companion book explores the nature and beauty of trees.

Twelve lyrical poems look at twelve different trees, from early spring to deep winter. In each poem, a child identifies with a feature of the tree - such as the smooth trunk of a birch whose bark has peeled away, the strong branches of a spruce that shelter small birds or the pink flowers of a cherry blossom that tumble like confetti. The poems provide an opportunity to learn about each tree, inspiring us to look afresh at the trees around us - whether in the schoolyard, neighborhood or park - and get to know them better.

Danielle Daniel's passion for trees is beautifully matched by Jackie Traverse's paintings, which bring each tree to life. In the pages following the poems, children are invited to consider what different kinds of trees might mean to them. In an author's note, Danielle Daniel shares her belief, similar to her Algonquin ancestors', that trees are sentient beings with much to give and teach us. (excerpt from

A Family Tree


A modern-day twist to The Giving Tree, this book chronicles the changes brought upon a beloved family tree that must be uprooted and planted on new land. This debut picture book by Staci Lola Drouillard celebrates resiliency, family bonds, and our deep connection to and responsibility for nature.

Grandma’s garden was not just any garden. It was where a spruce tree, only as tall as baby Francis, reached her roots into the soil and stretched her branches toward the sky. Here, on the shore of Gichigaming, is where Francis and the sapling felt right at home.

But when Grandma and Grandpa decide to move away, Francis wants to take the tree with them—can they?

Brimming with tenderness, this story traces the journey of one family, and a little tree, as they adapt to change by drawing on the strength of their roots. (excerpt from

In Whispers : Simon and Carolina

Young Adult

The year was 1957. Simon Pendagayosh and Carolina Shaugobay meet outside a variety store on a Saturday trip to town while attending St. Mary’s Mission School, a Catholic boarding school for Native students. Simon, thirteen years of age, and Carolina, fourteen, fall in love.

The boarding school era had a devastating effect on many Native people, designed to dispossess them from their communities, assimilate them into non-Native society, and erase their Native identities. St. Mary’s, like most Native boarding schools in the day, prohibited Native children from speaking their languages or practicing their culture. Many suffered abuse in all its forms. Carolina was traumatized by horrific abuse at the school. Simon’s life was forever affected by what happened. Follow their divergent paths as they walk through life. (excerpt from

Our Music 
Mohawk Water Song

 Théo and Jaida perform the Mohawk Water Song. (2:08 minute video)
Our Words
Spring Animals in Anishinaabemowin

Listen and practice saying the words along with Diane from Algonquin Inodewiziwin and North Hastings Children's Services shares the Anishinaabemowin name for spring animals. (1:03 minute video)
Our Stories
Aandeg Finds Their Purpose

Aandeg, the crow, sees the gifts of other animals, but is unsure of their own purpose. (2:41 minute video)
Our Traditions
Cree Walking Out Ceremony

The Walking Out Ceremony is generally held when a child reaches the age of one or two. The purpose of this ceremony is to pass Cree traditions, knowledge, skills, and language to the children. Watch this video by Wemindji Knowledge Center as Fred Blackned explains more. (3:36 minute video)
Indigenous Fusion Recipe
Dandelion Shortbread Cookies

This recipe is a favourite! Children love helping collect the dandelions too. Please be sure there are no pesticides used where you harvest this plant.
Indigenous Language Resources
NEW! Mohawk Language Learning Resource
This open education resource (OER) may be used a supplementary resource to learning the Mohawk language at the beginner level. In the first part of the OER, the basic morphology, of the language is introduced through pronouns, pronoun prefixes, particles, and verb roots. The second part introduces vocabulary builders. Finally, in the third part, basic conversational language is explored.
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.

Anishnaabemowin - Our Language Our Culture
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:
Beading and Stitching the Land, Kingston, ON
Saturday, May 4
Mohawk Creation Teachings, Kingston, ON
Beginning Saturday, May 4
Community Observance of National MMIWG2S+ Awareness Day, Kingston, ON
Monday, May 6
In the Garden with Kahwa:tsire, Kingston, ON
Beginning Thursday, May 16
Fishing Derby, Tyendinaga, ON
Saturday, May 25
Odawa Pow Wow, Ottawa, ON
Saturday, May 25 & Sunday, May 26
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