Dog-Eared: August 2017

Dog-Eared: August 2017

The opening skit of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival (2017) in Mineapolis, starring James Kennedy, Keir Graff, and Kelly Barnhill pokes fun at what Kennedy calls “this weird tendency to kill animals in children’s books.” Kennedy describes the skit: A devil’s-bargain device is revealed, Kate DiCamillo is affectionately denounced, there is some (tasteful!) murder, and […]

The Legend of Lightning and Thunder by Paula Ikuutaq; illustrated by Jo Rioux

The Legend of Lightning and Thunder by Paula Ikuutaq; illustrated by Jo Rioux

Paula Ikuutaq’s retelling of the Inuit Legend of Lightning and Thunder opens with a celebration. It is spring, and Inuit people gather together in camps to sing, to dance, and to feast: to share their happiness with each other. Two orphaned siblings, however, are not so happy. A girl and her younger brother have traveled a long […]

Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac

Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac

After years of research, reading hundreds of books and countless articles, watching documentary films, visiting museums and libraries, speaking with many people, including surviving code talkers, there was an immense amount of history that I felt needed to be told. As a result, [my] first full draft was so heavy with facts — names, dates, […]

A Few Resources from Reconciliation and Indigenous Education

A Few Resources from Reconciliation and Indigenous Education

For the past two months, I’ve been taking UBC’s Edx course on Reconciliation and Indigenous Education. Somehow I missed the fact that the “education” in the title wasn’t just the theory but the practice: this course is primarily aimed at educators, and most of my (literally hundreds of) classmates were teachers or professors. However, although […]