Canada's Aboriginal peoples have shaped this country in countless ways. Their story is central to the nation's identity --- indeed, the word “Canada” is derived from the Huron-Haudenosaunee word “kanata,” which means “our village.” This title in the acclaimed Kids Book of series is a balanced, in-depth look at the cultures, struggles and triumphs of Canada's first peoples. Exhaustively researched and reviewed by specialists in the field, this groundbreaking book is by far the most comprehensive of its kind. The detailed illustrations based on museum artifacts, written records of long ago and contemporary scholarship help bring the traditional ways to life for young readers.
Diane Silvey graduated from the University of British Columbia's Native Indian Teacher Education Program and taught in band schools for 21 years. She is the author of two picture books, two novels and a textbook, From Time Immemorial. The winner of a B.C. Book Award in 2000 and a Women of Distinction Award in Education, Training and Development, Diane is a member of the Sechelt Band (Coast Salish).
John Mantha is an artist and illustrator. His books include The Kids Book of Canadian Firsts and The Kids Book of Canada's Railway. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
... this is a must-have title for school, public, and home libraries. It will appeal to anyone with an interest in our country's history and the impact of that history on native lives today. Hats off to Kids Can Press for publishing this important book.
—Quill & Quire, Starred Review
Silvey's text is lively and easily navigated and is complemented by excellent and judiciously placed maps and illustrations of aboriginal life in all its variety and manifestations.
—The Globe and Mail