Subject: Indigenous Family Literacy Circle September 2023 Newsletter

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Come Walk in My Moccasins Newsletter
September 2023

In this Issue:

Books: Nighty-Night: A Bedtime Song for Babies, Every Child Matters, Love Your Creator : The Story of a Prayer Song, Truth and Reconciliation Through Education : Stories of Decolonizing Practices
Our Music: Residential School Survivor Song
Our Words: Weather Words
Our Traditions: Corn Husk Doll: Making & Storytelling
Recipe: Easy Chunky Applesauce
Featured Books
Nighty-Night: A Bedtime Song for Babies

Infant & Toddler

Nighty-Night: A Bedtime Song for Babies is a gentle rhyming poem for infants preparing for sleep. This board book by Richard Van Camp celebrates babies and their parents or caregivers as the babies are sung to sleep at night. Using colour photographs showing a range of parents and babies from various cultural backgrounds, the publisher, McKellar and Martin, has created a soothingly beautiful night-time book. The author acknowledges the world around the young child as the text and image combine to assist in calming the daily night-time process. (excerpt from
Every Child Matters

Preschool & Kindergarten

Orange Shirt Day founder, Phyllis Webstad, offers insights into this heartfelt movement. Every Child Matters honours the history and resiliency of Indigenous Peoples on Turtle Island and moves us all forward on a path toward Truth and Reconciliation. If you're a Residential School Survivor or an Intergenerational Survivor - you matter. For the children who didn't make it home - you matter. The child inside every one of us matters. Every Child Matters. (excerpt from
Love Your Creator : The Story of a Prayer Song


This is the true story behind a song that was once a hymn remembered from residential school. With the help of his family and community, especially the determination of his son, and encouraging words of his Grandmother, Knowledge Keeper Quuia Charleson, (Nuu-Chah-Nulth) has reclaimed Love Your Creator and continues to share both the song and its story through oral tradition at events and on travels. Engaging illustrations by Stefan Brunette passionately portray the people and events in this exciting picture book for all ages. Discover the story and learn the strength of a song. (excerpt from
Truth and Reconciliation Through Education : Stories of Decolonizing Practices


Educators have a special role in furthering truth and reconciliation in education, but many struggle to understand exactly what that means and how to accomplish it. There is no step-by-step guide to getting it right. Educators can only meaningfully accomplish truth and reconciliation in education by seeking out truth and reconciliation through education: an ongoing process of amplifying Indigenous voices and experiences, allowing oneself to be changed by them, and being guided by this learning both personally and professionally.

Springing from an Indigenous education master’s certificate program at the University of Calgary and written from an adult education perspective on transformative learning, this book invites educators, broadly defined, into a conversation about truth and reconciliation through education. Section I contains useful chapters on program design and concepts, while section II presents a collection of inspirational and thought provoking personal reflections from Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators who have taken deliberate, active roles in responding to the TRC’s Calls to Action.

This is a resource written by educators for educators wishing to embark on the
ir own journeys of truth and reconciliation. Join the reconciliatory education community in courageously teaching, learning, and acting, just as the educators in this collected volume do. (excerpt from
Our Music 
Residential School Survivor Song

Eddie Pezindewatch Côté along with his nephew, Lance Côté, share a song Eddie wrote after spending time in a residential school. (3:33 minute video)

Content warning: This link deals with topics that may cause trauma invoked by memories of past abuse. To access a 24-hour National Crisis Line, call: 1-866-925-4419.

Our Words
Weather Words

Diane from North Hastings Children's Services shares weather words in Anishinaabemowin. (.53 second video)
Our Traditions
Corn Husk Doll: Making & Storytelling

This video by Ukwakhwa tells the story of why the corn husk doll has no face while making one of these beautiful dolls. There are a lot of implied messages that address the Haudenosaunee culture within the story of the corn husk doll. This story reminds us of our family and community responsibilities. We all need to find ways we can help others in our community. No one person is better than anyone else. We each have a role to play to keep our communities strong. (4:47 minute video)
Indigenous Fusion Recipe
Easy Chunky Applesauce

Another recipe from the Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle (IDHC) Recipe Collection. This applesauce is very easy to make and versatile. Serve it over plain yougurt for breakfast or with pork chops for dinner! 
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, September 6 & 20
Faded Memories of Home by Tom Wilson, Kingston, ON
September 11 - 28
Sechile Sedare, Kingston, ON
Saturday, September 23
Indigenous Storytelling for Kids, Kingston, ON
Saturday, September 30
National Day for Truth & Reconciliation, Brockville, ON
Saturday, September 30
Broken Walls Concert: A National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Event, Belleville, ON
Saturday, September 30
A Day to Listen: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Saturday, September 30
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