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Honour Indigenous History Month with Songs, Stories, and More

June 10, 2021

June is National Indigenous History Month. Each June Canadians are asked to recognize the history, heritage, and diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples in Canada. Let’s amplify and celebrate Indigenous voices, cultures and languages all year long with songs, stories and more.

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Journey Together Program for Children and Families

We are so grateful for our partners at The Indigenous Network and their Journey Together Program! Journey Together is designed and led by an Indigenous Child & Family Outreach Worker. Children birth to 6 years and families attending EarlyON can experience and participate in Indigenous activities while building their awareness of Indigenous culture.

Keep an eye our website and social media for updates about the Journey Together program coming to our centres!

Music – Throat singing, drumming and more!

Listen to the Wind Blow

This song is all about the wind during different seasons. Do you hear the wind? Can you move your body like the wind? Dance along here:

Cat’s Lullaby

Grab your shakers and sing along to Cat’s Lullaby! Before Théo sings, she talks about how this lullaby was created. Sing along here:

Baby Shark Ojibway

Mitchell Mozdzen sings Baby Shark in Ojibway with his Nimaamaa Shark! Sing along here:

Beatrice Deer and Pauyungie Nutaraaluk Throat Singing

Throat singing is part of a fun game imitating the sounds of nature! Two people will sing together and the person who doesn’t miss a beat or laugh, wins!

Wichita-do-ya Water Song

This beautiful Anishinaabe Water Song is filled with the sounds of water in Spring. Sing and drum along to Wichita-do-ya:

Song for The Sacred Elements

Chenoa Egawa & Alex Turtle sing and drum this song in gratitude to the elements.

Picture Books by Indigenous Authors

We Sang You Home by Richard Van Camp

Celebrate welcoming a child into your family along with the love and gifts you share with one another with We Sang You Home by Richard Van Camp. Richard Van Camp is the author of 26 books and is Tłı̨chǫ Dene from Fort Smith, North West Territories. Read along to We Sang You Home here:

Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel

How are you feeling today? Brave like a bear? Creative like a rabbit? Curious like a porcupine? Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel teaches children the meaning of each Anishnaabe totem animal. Danielle Daniel is an author, illustrator, and painter of Algonquin Anishinaabe, French and Scottish descent. Read along to Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox here:

Stolen Words by Melanie Florence

A Cree grandfather explains to his granddaughter why he can’t remember how to say “grandfather” in Cree. Stolen Words by Melanie Florence shows us the damage caused by residential schools. Melanie Florence is an author of Cree and Scottish heritage. Read along to Stolen Words here:

Birdsong by Julie Flett

Birdsong by Julie Flett tells the story of Katherena, her move to a new home, and her new-found friendship with her elderly neighbour, Agnus. This story explores adjusting to change, intergenerational relationships, and grief. Read long to Birdsong here:

You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith

Being kind, listening, and sharing are just a few ways to we show our love and support to one another. Read along to You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith to explore all the ways we hold each other up. Monique Gray Smith is an author, speaker, and consultant. She is Cree, Lakota and Scottish.

We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom

A young Ojibwe girl stands with her family and community to protect their water supply. Read along to We Are Water Protectors here:

Nibi is Water by Joanne Robertson

Written in English and Anishinaabemowin (an Ojibwe language), Joanne Robertson shows us the relationship we have with water. Joanne Robertson is an author, illustrator and activist. She is Anishinaabekwe and a member of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. Learn more about Nibi is Water from the author here:

Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk

This beautiful book about love, care, and community explores the gifts that the world gives baby Kulu. Author Celina Kalluk is Inuit-Canadian. In addition to her work as an author, Celina is an educator and musician – often preforming Inuit throat singing. Read along to Sweetest Kulu here:

My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith

What fills your heart with happiness? My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith describes some of the happy moments in a day, like dancing and listening to stories. Read along to My Heart Fills with Happiness here:

More Resources to Explore

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