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Shi-shi-etko

Elementary

Description

Shi-shi-etko is the story of a little Indigenous girl who will soon be leaving her family and community to go to an Indian Residential School.  Shi-shi-etko, whose name means "loves to play in the water", spends her final days with her family members continuing the traditions of her family and creating memories for her to keep on her journey.  With each adult Shi-shi-etko experiences the environment around her.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This book could be used as springboard for a discussion of the importance of culture and traditions in different groups and at the same time educating today's children about Residential Schools by highlighting the need to respect the human rights of all people.

This book also highlights the First Nations people's respect for the land and the importance of community.  It could be used to explore the ideas of living in harmony with nature.

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        • Global Indigenous Peoples: Learning about indigenous peoples nurtures multicultural awareness and respect for diversity.
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        • Global Indigenous Peoples:Indigenous societies throughout the world value the well-being of the self, the land, spirits, and ancestors

Themes Addressed

Ecosystems (1)

  • Appreciating the Natural World

Human Health & Environment (1)

  • Quality of Life

Human Rights (2)

  • Cultural Diversity
  • Education

Indigenous Knowledge (2)

  • Rituals, Spirituality and Worldviews
  • TEK -- Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Land Use & Natural Resources (1)

  • Recreation