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Come Walk in My Moccasins Newsletter
November 2022

In this Issue:

Books: In My Anaana's Amautik, My Ittu, Kaheri:io's Wampum Project, Métis Rising: Living Our Present Through the Power of Our Past
Our Music: The Métis Fiddle
Our Arts:  Métis Finger Weaving
Our Words: Family in Michif
Our Stories: Who Was Louis Reil?
Our Traditions: Inuit String Games
Recipe: Bullet Soup
Did You Know?
Did you know...

Louis Riel was born in St. Boniface in 1844, the French-speaking Métis boy was sent to Montreal to be educated and subsequently became an apprentice to a Quebec based lawyer. Shortly after, Louis left the city to return to the Red River settlement and his destiny. 
After the Hudson’s Bay Company surrendered Rupert’s Land to the Government of Canada, the Métis were left without representation. Louis Riel stepped in and co-founded the Provisional Government of Red River, which was used as a guiding body to usher the west into the Dominion peacefully and to assure that the concerns of the Métis were heard. 
Through his leadership, the province of Manitoba was founded. In 1884, answering a desperate call sent out from his people, Riel returned to Canada and, once again, demanded equal treatment for the Métis. His plea was answered with a military response and the Northwest Resistance ensued. 
Riel surrendered on May 15, 1885 and was condemned to death and hung for High Treason by the very country he helped to build. Every year on November 16th, the anniversary of the death of their most honoured leader, Métis people from across the homeland band together to remember the man, his cause and his legacy.

Featured Books
In My Anaana's Amautik

Infant and Toddler

Nadia Sammurtok lovingly invites the reader into the amautik—the pouch in the back of a mother’s parka used to carry a child—to experience everything through the eyes of the baby nestled inside, from the cloudlike softness of the pouch to the glistening sound of Anaana’s laughter. Sweet and soothing, this book offers a unique perspective that will charm readers of all ages. (excerpt from
My Ittu

Preschool and Kindergarten

Maniq loves her ittu (short for ittupajaaq, an Inuktitut word for grandfather). He’s brave—enough to wrestle the grumpiest polar bear, if he ever needed to! He’s tall—enough to see over the tallest mountain tops. He’s generous—enough to walk through a blizzard to make sure others have delicious food to eat. And above all, he loves his grandkids, every single one of them—and there must be close to one hundred, by Maniq’s count at least! (excerpt from
Kaheriio’s Wampum Project


Written and Illustrated by David Kanietakeron Fadden and translation by Kaweienon:ni Cook.

This picture book series follows Kaheri:io as he learns about wampum belts. Written in Mohawk and English. (excerpt from

Métis Rising: Living Our Present Through the Power of Our Past


Métis Rising: Living Our Present Through the Power of Our Past is edited by Métis authors Yvonne Boyer and Larry Chartrand. Métis Rising brings together a vibrant collection of essays on history, politics, and culture that celebrate the resilience of Métis identity. Métis Rising presents a cross-section of perspectives to demonstrate that there is no single Métis experience – only a common sense of belonging and a commitment to justice. The contributors to this collection, most of whom are Métis themselves, offer accounts ranging from personal reflections on identity to tales of advocacy against poverty and poor housing, and for the recognition of Métis rights. this book contains 3 b&w illus., 2 maps, 7 charts, 3 tables. (excerpt from
Our Music 
The Métis Fiddle

Brianna, a Métis fiddler, shares her knowledge on the history behind the Métis fiddle and its importance to Métis culture and traditions. (3:06 minute video)
Our Arts
Métis Finger Weaving Lesson

Learn more about Métis finger weaving, a technique used to make the Métis sash. (7:37 minute video)
Our Words
Family in Michif

Practice saying family names in Michif - the language of Métis people. (50 second video)
Our Stories
Who Was Louis Reil?

Do you know who Louis Reil was and why he is important to Métis people? Listen as Métis leader, Mitch Case, speaks to students at Korah C. & V. S. in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. (4:17 minute video)
Our Traditions
Inuit String Games

Noah talks about Inuit String Games and demonstrates a few favourites. (3:13 minute video)

Indigenous Fusion Recipe
Bullet Soup

The name of this traditional tis recipe isn't in reference to bullets but to the French word, “boulettes,” meaning little meatballs.

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:
Treaties Recognition Week/International Inuit Day, ONLINE
Tuesday, November 8
Indigenous Veteran's Day
Tuesday, November 8
Classic Roots - Boreal Spirit, Kingston, ON
Saturday, November 12
Louis Reil Day, ONLINE
Wednesday, November 16
Tea with Kokum, Kingston, ON
Thursday, November 24
Rattle Making, Kingston, ON
Friday, November 25
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