Things to consider when ordering books

Factors to consider when purchasing books about First Nation, Métis and Inuit people

  • Does the book show images and stories of contemporary First Nation, Métis and Inuit people (or traditional lifestyles)?
  • Does the book use contemporary First Nation, Métis and Inuit names and terminology?
  • Are First Nation, Métis and Inuit spirituality/value system reflected in the book?
  • Is the book by a First Nation, Métis or Inuit author? Or has it been reviewed by Elders?
  • Does the book reflect First Nation, Métis and Inuit views of origins?
  • Do images reflect specific First Nation, Métis and Inuit cultures or a generic “Aboriginal” culture? (for example, beware especially of Plains cultures)
  • Is the book visually appearing?
  • Is the uniqueness of Canada’s individual First Nation, Métis and Inuit cultures reflected?
  • Does the book reflect local First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples?

When selecting books, you do not need to be able to answer “yes” to all of the above questions, but they are all worthy of consideration.  In general, books need to have accurate portrayals of specific First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada and to reflect traditional and contemporary cultures and lifestyles.

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I am a high school teacher for the Toronto District School Board, this site is meant for my students to have greater access to what is going on in class and to raise some topics of interest.
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