Category Archives: For Teachers

Orange Shirt Day: Guiding Conversations about Residential Schools in the Classroom

September 30th is Orange Shirt Day—a nationally-recognized event to acknowledge the harm inflicted by residential schools. For educators, this day represents a special opportunity to engage young people in important discussions about residential schools and other structures of systemic racism.  There’s no way around it; these conversations are hard. They’re painful, delicate—and necessary. So, where […]

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What Does Two Spirit Mean?

This fall brings the new school year and new books. In Surviving the City, readers connected with Indigenous teens Dez and Miikwan in a story about kinship, resilience, cultural resurgence, and the anguish of a missing loved one. This October, Dez and Miikwan return in From the Roots Up, Volume 2 in the Surviving the […]

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Six Tips for Distance Learning This Fall

by, Jennifer Lawson Hands-On series creator Like many teachers and university instructors across the country, the pandemic has forced me to teach my courses online for the first time. I am used to teaching in-person university classes with a lot of student participation, so this has been a challenge! As the creator of the Hands-On […]

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Authentic Indigenous Content for Ages 13–18

With the new school year just around the corner, we’ve heard from teachers like you looking to include Indigenous perspectives in your curriculum. Grades 7–12 are tumultuous years for all students, and a time when kids are especially vulnerable to bias. These titles help Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth process tough concepts while offering a more […]

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Authentic Indigenous Content for Ages 5-12

As you prepare for another school year, we know you’re looking for thoughtful, high-quality Indigenous content to include in your lessons. Written by Indigenous authors, these books give teachers the language and tools to introduce students from kindergarten to grade 6 to Indigenous perspectives. Books for Bringing Indigenous Perspectives and Knowledge into the Classroom Stories […]

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Teacher Guides to Help Lead Classroom Discussions

Did you know several of our titles have accompanying teacher guides? You can use these guides to ensure heavier topics are hitting the right mark with your students or simply to help plan your lessons. Some even include curriculum correlation charts! If you’re a little nervous about discussing Indigenous issues in your classroom, these resources […]

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Using the “A Girl Called Echo” Series to Spark Discussion in Your Classroom

Is the past ever truly behind us? In the A Girl Called Echo series, a thirteen-year-old Métis girl named Echo Desjardins finds herself immersed in the historical events that have shaped her identity. The series, written by Katherena Vermette with illustrations by Scott B. Henderson and colours by Donovan Yaciuk, follows Echo as she slides […]

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Three Teacher’s Guides for Leading Conversations on Indigenous Issues

Did you know we have teacher’s guides for many of our titles? These guides are a great help when it comes to tackling tough themes. If you’re a little nervous about discussing Indigenous issues in your classroom, these resources are worth checking out! Each teacher’s guide below makes an excellent companion to its respective book. […]

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