Subject: Indigenous Family Literacy Circle November 2023 Newsletter

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Come Walk in My Moccasins Newsletter
November 2023

In this Issue:

Books: Mama, Do You Love Me?, Rock Your Mocs, The Scout: Tommy Prince, Hold Your Tongue
Our Music: Susie Snowflake
Our Arts: Beaded Poppies
Our Words: In the Kitchen: Michif Language
Our Stories: Why We Have Daylight
Our Traditions: Respect
Recipe: Venison Pot Roast
Featured Books
Mama, Do You Love Me?

Infant & Toddler

Mama, Do You Love Me? is a children's board book designed to appeal to all children from all cultures. In this story, an Inuit mother and daughter reaffirm their love for one another. The daughter tests her mother's love with a series of questions that ask the nature and length of a parent's love. The daughter asks if her mother will love her if she puts a salmon in her parka. Mother replies in the affirmative. The conditions become more extreme and humourous but each time the mother reaffirms her love in spite of emotions of fear, anger and surprise. The colour illustrations show mother and daughter in parkas and in landscapes that suggest the Arctic. This remarkable book has been in print for more than ten years. The timeless story about a young child pushing the bounds of her independence and the enduring love between mother and child will continue to enchant young children everywhere. (excerpt from
Rock Your Mocs

Preschool & Kindergarten

In this happy, vibrant tribute to Rock Your Mocs Day, observed yearly on November 15, author Laurel Goodluck (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Tsimshian) and artist Madelyn Goodnight (Chickasaw) celebrate the joy and power of wearing moccasins—and the Native pride that comes with them. A perfect book for Native American Heritage Month, and all year round! We’re stepping out and kicking it up. Wearing beauty on their feet— as art, as tradition, with style, with pride— kids from different Native Nations know every day is a day to ROCK YOUR MOCS! This book contains an author’s note with additional information about moccasins and Rock Your Mocs day, for readers curious to learn more about intertribal pride and the joy found in different Native identities! Rock Your Mocs Day has now been extended to a week in November, and during that week, kids from all over the United States and North America join together to show pride in their heritage. (excerpt from
The Scout: Tommy Price

Junior, Senior & Teen

A search down a wooded path for a well-hit baseball turns into an encounter between Pamela and a veteran soldier standing in front of a monument. The statue commemorates the heroism of Sgt. Tommy Prince, the most decorated Aboriginal soldier in Canada. Pamela is curious, and the veteran is happy to regale her with the story of the expert marksman and tracker, renowned for his daring and bravery in World War II and the Korean War.

Educator & Series Information:
Tales from Big Spirit is a unique graphic novel series that delves into the stories of great Indigenous heroes from Canadian history—some already well known and others who deserve to be. Designed to correspond to grades 4–6 social studies curriculums across Canada, these full colour graphic novels could be used in literature circles, novel studies, and book clubs to facilitate discussion of social studies topics. These books will help students make historical connections while promoting important literacy skills. (excerpt from
Hold Your Tongue


Matthew Tétreault is French-Métis from the Ste. Anne area of Manitoba.

Upon learning his great-uncle Alfred has suffered a stroke, Richard sets out for Ste. Anne, in southeastern Manitoba, to find his father and tell him the news. Waylaid by memories of his stalled romance, tales of run-ins with local Mennonites, his job working a honey wagon, and struck by visions of Métis history and secrets of his family's past, Richard confronts his desires to leave town, even as he learns to embrace his heritage.

Evoking an oral storytelling epic that weaves together one family's complex history, Hold Your Tongue asks what it means to be Métis and francophone. Matthew Tétreault's debut novel shines with a poignant, but playful character-driven meditation on the struggles of holding onto "la langue," and marks the emergence of an important new voice. (excerpt from

Our Music 
Susie Snowflake

Listen and sing along to "Susie Snowflake" in Kanyen'keha (Mohawk language).
Our Arts
Beaded Poppies

Joyce Hunter explains why making beaded poppies for Indigenous Veterans Day is important— combining a proud symbol with traditional beadwork to produce powerful pieces of wearable art. (1:07 minute video)
Our Words

Learn to say words in Michif - the Métis language with this video by Kahwa:tsire Indigenous-Led Child & Family Programs. (.42 second video)
Our Stories
Why We Have Daylight

In this video, Justin Neely, shares this Potawatomi story of how daylight came to the world. (4:03 minute video)

Our Traditions

In this video by Ontario Native Women's Association, Chief Stacey Laforme discusses the importance of respect as one of the Seven Grandfather teachings and how it has impacted his life. (1:38 minute video)
Indigenous Fusion Recipe
Venison Pot Roast

This recipe is useful for tougher cuts of meat, such as shank, but feel free to use any cut you’d like. A crock pot is needed for this recipe.
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:
Kewaywin Drum Circle, Kingston, ON
Wednesday, November 15
Louis Riel Day Celebration, Napanee, ON
Thursday, November 16
Introduction to Mohawk Language, Kingston, ON
Wednesday, November 22
Indigenous Markets: Black Friday, Ottawa, ON
Friday, November 24
Hand Drum Making Workshop, Shannonville, ON
Saturday, November 25
Youth Connections, Kingston, ON
Monday Evenings
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