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Sila and the Land

Elementary, Middle

Description

Sila and the Land is a story of a young Inuk girl who, encouraged by her grandmother to understand her culture's relationship to the land, embarks on an adventure to find the answer.  She encounters a number of plants, animals and elements that help her to understand the importance of conservation and protecting the land for the future. The book stresses the importance of indigenous relationships to the land while also discussing climate change and the need to take action to protect the planet for the future.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

As this book illustrates the Indigenous' peoples connection to the land, it could be used in a unit for students learning about Indigenous cultures and the significant and unique challenges their communities face due to impacts of climate change. The book could also be used in discussions or units surrounding conservation and protection of the environment. The book could also be used on Earth day as a read aloud and discussion springboard. 

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Themes Addressed

  • Air, Atmosphere & Climate (1)

    • Climate Change
  • Ecosystems (2)

    • Appreciating the Natural World
    • Interdependence
  • Human Health & Environment (1)

    • Quality of Life
  • Indigenous Knowledge (2)

    • Rituals, Spirituality and Worldviews
    • TEK -- Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • Land Use & Natural Resources (1)

    • Forests
  • Water (1)

    • Water Quality