Treaty 2 Territory – Boozhoo! We hope that everyone is safe and well. FNT2T Life Long Learning strives to stay informed of resources in First Nations (Indigenous) Education. There are a lot of wonderful things happening. One such resource is that created by Indigenous educator, Megan Tipler: Indigenous Texts.
Megan (@tiplerteaches) has a growing audience in social media, Rightfully so, as she holds vast knowledge in colonization and her work in education is deeply rooted in social justice and anti-racism. She resides in Edmonton, Alberta, Treaty 6 Territory. Most recently in the light of the recent recoveries across Turtle Island, Tipler has shared vast knowledge on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Reports which she shares on her website: https://linktr.ee/tiplerteaches.
Megan developed and maintains an online Indigenous Text resource for educators, families, and caregivers. All of the listed books/titles are by Indigenous authors and creators. She has organized it into the following categories: Picture Books, Graphic Novels, Middle Grades, Young Adult, High School/Adult, Poetry, and Residential Schools (in progress). She even has an individual category titled “Not Recommended” which is a good thing because there are resources out there that perpetuate misinformation, romanticism, and stereotypes; as well, there are writers who have culturally appropriated stories and knowledges. Here is the link to Tipler’s resource: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12AKDfXOICKMg5IgD-QKNJlYHYbCdzufE0gVQMj_PO-4/htmlview#.
First Nations (Indigenous) young people attend schools all over Turtle Island but they don’t often see or hear themselves represented in classrooms and/or in texts. That is why amazing Indigenous educators like Megan Tipler work hard to create awareness and evoke change. No, not every young person or adult enjoys reading but perhaps it’s because our stories haven’t been at the forefront. There are so many Indigenous writers, creators, and artists today with strong, change-making voices who are doing amazing work. And we are thankful for them.
Miigwetch. Renew and revitalize.
Image source: Nicola Campbell’s book, Shi-Shi-Etko, Groundwood Books (Illustrator, Kim LaFave) (2005).