Celebrating National Indigenous Day


June 21st is National Indigenous Day. To honour these rich legacies and stories, we have collected our top 8 titles to explore indigenous cultures and the deep-rooted history that has helped to build and shape of our nation and the communities we share.

1. L’Nu’k: The People by Theresa Meuse

In L’Nu’k: The People, First Nations educator Theresa Meuse traces the incredible lineage of today’s Mi’kmaq people for young readers, sharing the fascinating details behind their customs, traditions, and history.

2. Kaqtukowa’tekete’w/The Thundermaker by Alan Syliboy

In this bilingual Mik’maw and English picture book, Little Thunder learns about his Mi’kmaw identity through his father’s teachings and his mother’s traditional stories. Artist Alan Syliboy’s spectacular, vibrant artwork brings the story of Little Thunder to vivid life.

3. Mi/kmaw Waisisk/Mi’kmaw Animals by Alan Syliboy

Alan Syliboy combines his vibrant artwork with English and Mi’kmaw in this baby board book. Kids will enjoy the colourful paintings while they learn new words and discover a bit of Mi’kmaw culture in a fun way.

4. The Sharing Circle by Theresa Meuse
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The Sharing Circle is a lively picture book about a boy named Matthew who loves to share the special treasures with his friends that remind him of his Mi’kmaw culture. This is a collection of seven stories about Indigenous culture and spiritual practices that will engage and inform children of all ages.

5. Niniskamijinaqik / Ancestral Images by Ruth Holmes Whitehead
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The Mi’kmaq of Atlantic Canada were here for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans. This book presents their unique culture and way of life through the remarkable and sometimes complex lives of individuals, as depicted in artwork or photography.

6. Medicine Walk by Laurie Lacey
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Medicine Walk explores the benefits of “special places,” and includes notes and exercises as aids to control stress, overcome fear, and foster the ability to concentrate and meditate. It opens up avenues of self-discovery and enables the reader to experience the natural, therapeutic value of the healing world of nature.

7. Mi’kmaq Medicines by Laurie Lacey
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In this delightful book, Laurie Lacey’s reflections on the magical world of plant life and the gathering of remedies chronicles more than 70 plants used by the Mi’kmaq as medicines.

8. Glooscap Legends by Stanley T. Spicer
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These stirring tales describe the history of Glooscap. Endowed with supreme powers, Glooscap, the benevolent warrior against evil, was credited with the creation of many wild creatures and the change in form of others. In Glooscap Legends, both famous and little-known legends are told of this god who made his home on the mountaintop of Cape Blomidon.