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The Inuit way: a guide to Inuit culture -- Ottawa: Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, 2006.
Inuit presently maintain a foothold on two worlds - the traditional world of their ancestors and the modern world where they live.
FAM E 99 .E7 I556 2006

Resilience: overcoming challenges and moving on positively / Korhonen, Marja -- Ottawa: National Aboriginal Health Organization, 2007.
The focus of this booklet is on the factors that make it more likely that a person will be able to cope successfully with the many stresses and difficulties that we encounter in life, even very damaging and traumatic experiences.
FAM E 98 .H3 R47 2007

Sacred ways of life: traditional knowledge / Crowshoe, Chelsea. -- Ottawa: National Aboriginal Health Organization, 2005.
This book discusses the differences between First Nations ways of life and the western ways of life and traditional knowledge versus scientific knowledge.
FAM E 98 .R3 C76 2005

The shaman's nephew: a life in the far north / Tookoome, Simon; Oberman, Sheldon -- Markham, ON: Fitzherny & Whiteside Ltd., 2009.
Each of the 28 short stories in this book deals with a different aspect of Inuit life: choosing suitable names for newborns, hunting and fishing for sustenance, the mystic endeavors of Shaman, the dangerous spiritual nature of the Northern Lights and fascinating and humorous first encounters with Kabloonaq (white people).
FAM E 99 .E7 T664 2009

Stolen from our embrace: the abduction of first nations: children and the restoration of aboriginal communities / Fournier, Suzanne -- Vancouver BC: Douglas & McIntyre, 1997.
This important and timely book is a balance of the most gruesome elements of assimilation: church-run schools, the child welfare system, survivors of sexual abuse, and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome counter-balanced against heroic stories of children who survived, fought back, and found their way home.
FAM E 78 .B9 F68 1997

Stoney Creek woman: the story of Mary John / Moran, Bridget -- Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 1997.
The story of Mary John, a Native mother of twelve and member of the Carrier Band living on the Stoney Creek Reserve in BC. Mary John recounts the hardships endured by her people and her personal struggle to rise above them.
FAM E 98 .S76 M66 1997

Thirteen moons on a turtle's back: a Native American year of moons / Bruchac, Joseph -- New York: Philomel Books, 1998.
This book celebrates the seasons of the year through poems from legends of such Native American tribes as the Cherokee, Cree, and Sioux.
FAM E 98 .F6 B78 1992

Where the pavement ends: Canada's aboriginal recovery movement and the urgent need for reconciliation / Wadden, Marie -- Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2008.
Where the Pavement Ends is filled with inspiring stories gathered from journalist Marie Wadden discussions with activists across Canada who are involved in the Aboriginal healing movement.  This book also highlights an urgent need to make social healing in Aboriginal communities an immediate national priority.
FAM E 98 .S67 W125 2008

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Health and Wellness

[Aboriginal women and girl's health roundtable: final report – Inuktitut version] / National Aboriginal Health Organization -- Ottawa: National Aboriginal Health Organization, 2005.
FAM E 98 .W8 A36 2005

Better drummer boy: learning about asthma / Ayaya Marketing and Communications -- New Brunswick: The Lung Association New Brunswick, 2011.
A boy recently diagnosed with asthma learns about asthma triggers, puffers and how to control his asthma.
FAM E 78 .N8 A93 2011

Choosing life: Bobby's story / Pinette, Gilles -- Southampton, ON: Ningwakwe Learning Press, 2002.
Bobby is a depressed teen who almost commits suicide. He is sent to live with his great grandfather who teaches his about his Aboriginal heritage. Based on a true story.
FAM E 98 .S9 P6 2002

Diabetes and diet: Ivan’s story / Pinette, Gilles -- Southampton, ON: Ningwakwe Learning Press, 2002.
Ivan is an Aboriginal man who has just been diagnosed with diabetes. He found the will power to live with his disease through the cultural teachings of his uncle.
FAM E 98 .D6 2002

Emotional wellness: Mary’s story / Renfrey, George -- Southampton, ON: Ningwakwe Learning Press, 2007.
This is the story about Mary, who started to recognize the signs of stress creeping into her life. She knew it was time to do something about it before it leads to depression.
FAM E 98 .M5 R57 2007

The gathering tree / Loyie, Larry; Brissenden, Constance -- Penticton, BB: Theytus Books, 2005.
Robert, a young man with HIV, returns to his Native community to attend a gathering and to speak to his people about his disease. The two children in the story learn about traditional Native culture while they learn about Robert's disease.
FAM E 98 .D6 L59 2005

Healthy beginnings: supportive communities: a strong future -- Ottawa: National Aboriginal Health Organization, 2010.
"In 2009, the Métis Centre of the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) met with Métis in different parts of Canada to share and collect stories, teachings and information about maternal-child well-being. This DVD is the result of all the things we learned from Métis midwives, health professionals, elders and parents. Our objective with this project was to collect and share experiences, traditions and health information for the benefit of Métis families.”
FAM E 98 .W8 H43 2010

Healthy pregnancy: Jenny's story / Pinette, Gilles -- Southampton, ON: Ningwakwe Learning Press, 2002.
Jenny is planning on getting pregnant and is preparing for a healthy pregnancy. This book is her journey to motherhood, from conception to birth.
FAM E 98 .W8 P6 2002

I belong here: a framework to promote the healthy development of urban aboriginal children 6- 12 years / Fiddler, Don -- Ottawa: Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, 2008.
Aboriginal children at all stages of growth and development have specific needs and parents and the community have responsibilities to respond to these needs.
FAM E 98 .H3 F52 2008

Inuit men talking about health / National Aboriginal Health Organization -- Ottawa: National Aboriginal Health Organization, 2008.
The men interviewed for this book discussed some of the major factors that affect health, like education, income and the use of health care. They also described their experience and perceptions of the personal and family problems that Inuit men face.
FAM E 98 .M4 I68 2008

An invited threat / Keewatin Sanderson, Steven -- Vancouver, BC: Healthy Aboriginal Network, 2008.
This graphic novel is about a young boy and what he likes to eat more than anything - junk food. His family exercises and they eat together at the table, but they don't always have time to prepare a healthy meal, so they rely on prepared foods. The story was focus group tested with youth and health professionals for its ability to convey the idea of what is, and what is not, healthy food.
FAM E 98 .D6 .P45 2008

Jon's tricky journey: a story for Inuit children with cancer and their families: includes resource guide for family caregivers / McCarthy, Patricia; Lim, Hwei (ill.). -- Iqaluit, Toronto: Inhabit Media, 2017.
Jon loves his life in the North. But when he feels a pain that won't go away, he must go to a children's hospital in the south to find out what is wrong. A doctor there tells Jon he has cancer and will have to stay at the hospital for a while. Suddenly Jon's life is upside down! But with a handful of tricks from the doctors and nurses, and new friends, Jon discovers ways to cope with some of the tricky parts of having cancer.
FAM E 98 .D6 M33 2017

Just a story / Keewatin Sanderson, Steven -- Vancouver, BC: Healthy Aboriginal Network, 2009.
This is a story about Wendy and Adam, two kids who learn through the support of others to manage their stress and anger despite their parents fighting.
FAM E 98 .M5 .S2 2009

Kiss me deadly / Van Camp, Richard; Auchter, Christopher -- Vancouver, BC: Healthy Aboriginal Network, 2011.
This graphic novel covers a range of issues such as from respect and communication in relationships, pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, two-spirit people and sexual health as a career or youth led project.
FAM E 98 .H3 .C25 2011

Notre voyage en santé: une collection de perspectives des enfants des premières nations / Organisation nationale de la santé autochtone -- Ottawa: Organisation nationale de la santé autochtone, 2008.
Ce livre a été conçu afin d'introduire les questions de santé aux enfants des Premières Nations par le biais d'une ressource d'information facile à utiliser. 
FAM E 98 .H3 N67 2008

Our healthy journey: a collection of First Nations Children’s perspectives / National Aboriginal Health Organization -- Ottawa: National Aboriginal Health Organization, 2008.
This book is designed to introduce health issues to First Nations children through a user- friendly information resource.
FAM E 98 .H3 O87 2008

Sam's bear / Hammond, Merryl; Collins, Rob. -- Kahnawake,Québec: National Indian & Inuit Community Health Representatives Organization, 2009.
First part of the book is an illustrated story for children followed by a guide for parents and teachers explaining brain development and what affects it in early years.
FAM E 98 .D6 H36 2009

Understanding cancer: Mishoo's story / Rice, John -- Southampton, ON: Ningwakwe Learning Press, 2008.
Mishoo tries to explain cancer to his granddaughter after she starts asking questions. He explains that all different races get cancer, as well as people. It doesn't matter if you are good or bad or Aboriginal or white, anyone can get cancer.
FAM E 98 .D6 R6 2008

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Residential Schools

Breaking the silence: an interpretive study of residential school impact and healing as illustrated by the stories of first nation individuals -- Ottawa: Assembly of First Nations, 1994.
This study sought to understand the impact of residential schools on First Nations individuals, families and communities by documenting the life stories of 13 adults who attended residential school and children. The account of these individual's stories reflects how residential schools have impacted the lives of First Nations peoples and subsequent generations in very complex and confusing ways. The final chapters turn to the question of healing and ways to recover from the wounds inflicted by these early educational experiences on the First Nations psyche.
FAM E 96.5 .B73 1994

Finding my talk: how fourteen native women reclaimed their lives after residential school / Grant, Agnes -- Calgary, AB: Fifth House Ltd. 2004.
In Finding My Talk, fourteen aboriginal women who attended residential schools, or were affected by them, reflect on their experiences. They describe their years in residential schools across Canada and how they overcame tremendous obstacles to become strong and independent members of aboriginal
cultures and valuable members of Canadian society.
FAM E 96.5 .G718 2004

A national crime: the Canadian government and the residential school system, 1879 to 1986 / Milloy, John S -- Winnipeg, MN: The University of Manitoba Press, 1999.
For over 100 years, thousands of Aboriginal children went through the residential school system, where many suffered from neglect, disease, and abuse. Using previously unreleased documents, historian John Milloy follows the paper trail of the system from bureaucrats’ offices to the tragic impact on individual children.
FAM E 96.5 .M54 1999

Resistance and renewal: surviving the Indian residential school / Haig-Brown, Celia -- Vancouver, BC: Arsenal Pulp Press, 1988.
One of the first books published to deal with the phenomenon of residential schools in Canada, Resistance and Renewal is a disturbing collection of Native perspectives on the Kamloops Indian Residential School (KIRS) in the British Columbia interior. Interviews with thirteen Natives, all former residents of KIRS, form the nucleus of the book, a frank depiction of school life, and a telling account of the system's oppressive environment which sought to stifle Native culture.
FAM E 96.5 .H34 1988

Secret path / Downie, Gordon; Lemire, Jeff. -- Toronto, ON: Simon & Schuster Canada, 2016
This graphic novel tells the story of Chanie, misnamed Charlie by his teachers, who died on October 22, 1966, walking the railroad tracks, trying to escape from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School to return home. Chanie's home was 400 miles away. He didn't know that. He didn't know where it was, nor how to find it, but, like so many kids - more than anyone will be able to imagine - he tried.
FAM E 96.5 .D58 2016

Shingwauk's vision: a history of native residential schools / Miller, J. R. -- Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, 1996.
Starting with the foundations of residential schooling in seventeenth-century New France, Miller traces the modern version of the institution that was created in the 1880s, and, finally, describes the phasing-out of the schools in the 1960s. He looks at instruction, work and recreation, care and abuse, and the growing resistance to the system on the part of students and their families. Based on extensive interviews as well as archival research, Miller's history is particularly rich in Native accounts of the school system.
FAM E 96.5 .M55 1996

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Web sites

Assembly of First Nations / Assemblée des Premières Nations

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada – Government of Canada / Affaires autochtones et du Nord Canada – Gouvernement du Canada

Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation/ Ontario ministère des relations avec les autochtones et de la réconciliation

First Nations & Inuit Health - Health Canada / Santé des Premières nations et des Inuits - Santé Canada

First Nations Health Authority

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada

Avatag Cultural Institute / Institut culturel Avataq

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First Nations Storybook – Chipewyan
● From Aglaia Software, Inc.
● Available in English
● Last updated July 2016
● From iTunes: First Nations Storybook – Chipewyan edition houses a collection of books written and produced in the Chipewyan language. Each book features colorful illustrations and Chipewyan text as read by a fluent Chipewyan speaker. The collection includes stories as told by elders, parents and students, local legends and tales that reflect the traditions, values and experiences of the northern aboriginal. Listen to the stories, repeat the spoken word and enjoy the cultural experiences shared through this collection.
● Available from iTunes

First Nations Storybook – Dene Yatie (Slavey)
● From Aglaia Software, Inc.
● Available in English
● Last updated April 2017
● From iTunes: First Nations Storybook – Slavey edition houses a collection of books written and produced in the Slavey language. Each book features colorful illustrations and Slavey text as read by a fluent Slavey speaker. The collection includes stories as told by elders, parents and students, local legends and tales that reflect the traditions, values and experiences of the northern aboriginal. Listen to the stories, repeat the spoken word and enjoy the cultural experiences shared through this collection.
● Available from iTunes

Kon and the Circle of Life
● From the Government of Saskatchewan
● Available in English, Cree, Dene and Michif
● Last updated: April 2013
● From iTunes: One of four stories which incorporate traditional beliefs and perspectives.  Kon is a fox who lives near the pond.Her story talks about the pond and how all of the beings depend on it.  It introduces the Circle of Life and talks about the importance of the sacred number four and the medicine wheel.Other stories are Tate and the Flyers, Askî and Turtle Island, and Nipi and Mother Earth.
●Available from iTunes

Forgotten Métis
● Acoustiguide Interactive Inc.
● Available in English and French / anglais et français
● Last updated / dernière mise à jour May 2017 mai
● Most of the 180,000 Canadian Aboriginal children who were forced to attend Residential Schools experienced abuse and neglect. This project documents and gives voice to the experiences of the many Métis children who attend these schools and explores Métis identity, cultural reclamation, and healing. / La plupart des 180 000 enfants autochtones canadiens qui ont été forcés à aller à des pensionnats été victimes de violence et de négligence. Ce projet donne la parole à des expériences de nombreux enfants Métis qui fréquentent ces écoles et explore l'identité métisse, récupération culturelle, et la guérison.
● Available from / disponible via Google Play and iTunes

100 Years of Loss / 100 ans de pertes
● Acoustiguide Interactive Inc.
● Available in English and French / anglais et français
● Last updated / dernière mise à jour June 2014 juin
● Google Play: The 100 Years of Loss: The Residential School System app was developed by the Legacy of Hope Foundation as part of an education program whose goal is to promote understanding and awareness about residential schools and their ongoing intergenerational impacts. / L’app 100 ans de la perte: Le régime des pensionnats au Canada a été développé par la Fondation autochtone de l'espoir dans le cadre d'un programme éducatif dont le but est de promouvoir la compréhension et la sensibilisation au sujet des pensionnats et leurs répercussions intergénérationnelles.
● Available from / disponible via Google Play & iTunes

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Local Contacts

Congress of Aboriginal Peoples
867 St. Laurent Blvd
Ottawa, ON K1K 3B1
Fax: 613-747-8834

Native Women’s Association of Canada
Satellite Office: 1 Nicholas St., 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
613-722-3033 or 1-800-461-4043
Fax: 613-722-7687

Métis National Council
4–340 MacLaren Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 0M6
613-232-3216 or 800-928-6330
Fax: 613-232-4262

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Last Updated / Mise-à-jour: November 2017 novembre
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