Subject: Indigenous Family Literacy Circle October 2022 Newsletter

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Come Walk in My Moccasins Newsletter
October 2022

In this Issue:

Books: May We Have Enough To Share, Still This Love Goes On, Keepunumuk : Weeâchumun's Thanksgiving Story, Stolen Sisters
Our Music: Three Sisters: Native American Flute Song
Our Words: Food in Anishinaabemowin
Our Stories: Three Sisters
Our Traditions: Three Sisters Teaching
Recipe: Three Sisters Soup
Did You Know?
Did you know...

Did you know that peas and beans add nitrogen into the soil where they grow? Nitrogen is an important nutrient for many plants. Pea and bean plants are able to gather nitrogen out of the air, and with the help of a particular microbe, these plants are able to store nitrogen in little white nodes on their roots. If you grow peas or beans in your garden, leave the roots in the ground after you harvest your veggies! The roots will break down and the nitrogen will stay in the ground to nourish whichever plants you choose to grow next.

Featured Books
May We Have Enough To Share

Infant and Toddler

May We Have Enough To Share is a delightful board book about gratitude and being grateful for so much around us. The strength of connections, the nature that provides them and the love that is endless. In May We Have Enough To Share,Tlicho Dene Nation author Richard Van Camp has included photographs by Indigenous women photographers. This is a book about sharing and community.
Still This Love Goes On

Preschool and Kindergarten

Written by Buffy Sainte-Marie and illustrated by Julie Flett.

A love letter to Indigenous communities everywhere, this picture book gorgeously illustrated by Julie Flett celebrates seasons, nature, and community.

Based on Academy Award-winning Cree icon Buffy Sainte-Marie’s song of the same name, Still This Love Goes On is a stunning celebration of Indigenous experience. Breathtaking illustrations from celebrated Cree–Métis artist Julie Flett combine with Sainte-Marie’s vivid lyrics to craft a remarkable piece of art. (excerpt from

Keepunumuk : Weeâchumun's Thanksgiving Story


The Thanksgiving story that most Americans know celebrates the Pilgrims. But without members of the Wampanoag tribe who already lived on the land where the Pilgrims settled, the Pilgrims would never have made it through their first winter. And without Weeâchumun (corn), the Native people wouldn’t have helped.

An important picture book honouring both the history and tradition that surrounds the story of the first Thanksgiving.
(excerpt from
Stolen Sisters


In 2014, the nation was rocked by the brutal violence against young Aboriginal women Loretta Saunders, Tina Fontaine and Rinelle Harper. But tragically, they were not the only Aboriginal women to suffer that year. In fact, an official report revealed that since 1980, 1,200 Canadian Aboriginal women have been murdered or have gone missing. This alarming official figure reveals a national tragedy and the systemic failure of law enforcement and of all levels of government to address the issue.

Journalist Emmanuelle Walter spent two years investigating this crisis and has crafted a moving representative account of the disappearance of two young women, Maisy Odjick and Shannon Alexander, teenagers from western Quebec, who have been missing since September 2008. Via personal testimonies, interviews, press clippings and official documents, Walter pieces together the disappearance and loss of these two young lives, revealing these young women to us through the voices of family members and witnesses.

Stolen Sisters is a moving and deeply shocking work of investigative journalism that makes the claim that not only is Canada failing its First Nations communities, but that a feminicide is taking place. (excerpt from
Our Music 
Three Sisters: Native American Flute Song

Song performed by Jonny Lipford.

"Iroquois believed that the corn, beans and squash were gifts from the Great Spirit. The plants were thought to be watched over by the three sister spirits, called the De o-ha-ko or Our Sustainers and translates to “life support”. These three sister spirits protect and inhabit the croplands. Sister Corn stands tall to guard and protect the crops. Sister Bean feeds the roots of Sister corn. Sister Squash, the oldest of the three sisters stays close to earth and encircles the sisters in a protective fashion and uses her large leaves to protect and shade the soil. Planted together the sisters get their water supply from Father sky." (1:56 minute video)
Our Words
Food in Anishinaabemowin

Practice saying food names in Anishinaabemowin with Kahwa:tsire Indigenous-Led Child & Family Programs. (1:46 minute video)
Our Stories
Three Sisters

Helena, from Kingston Indigenous Languages Nest, shares a story about the three sisters (corn, beans, and squash). Filmed at the Highway 15 Indigenous Food Sovereignty Garden. (4:37 minute video)
Our Traditions
Three Sisters Teaching

Kate and Erica share Mohawk traditions with a teaching about the Three Sisters. (2:22 minute video)
Indigenous Fusion Recipe
Three Sisters Soup

Enjoy this simple recipe for a traditional soup. We've shared this recipe before, it's such a favourite, we thought we would share it again. Enjoy!
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!
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:
Sisters in Spirit, Belleville, ON
Tuesday, October 4
Sisters in Spirity Sacred Fire Ceremony, Kingston, ON
Tuesday, October 4
Baby Moccasin Making, Kingston, ON
Thursday, October 6 & 20
Medicine Pouch Making, Kingston, ON
Friday, October 14
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