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4Canoes Digital Bookshelf

HCDSB recently purchased a fully licensed bookshelf of digital texts to support literacy and media literacy development along with various themes in Social Studies, History & Geography and Canadian & World Studies. These digital resources also support cross-curricular connections with Religion, Indigenous Studies, Health and the Arts. 4Canoes is a Canadian publicationformerly known as Canoe Kids, that is focused on empowering and authentic Indigenous voices. The publication was created in response to The Truth and Reconciliation Commision’s Calls to Action and “…focus[es] upon: Cultural Rights, Human Rights, Environmental Rights & Equity.” 

The 4Canoes Digital Bookshelf can be accessed through Library Services to support student learning both in school and at home. Some of the titles included in this digital bookshelf are: 

Wah buuny-vah is a little book that is big on culture. It is especially wonderful because it is a talking eBook. As you turn the pages, follow along with the audio narration in both the Yavapai Language and English while a beautiful Yavapai song plays softly in the background. 
Residential Schools, With the Words and Images of Survivors, A National History honours the survivors of residential schools.  This eBook offers a first-person perspective of the residential school system in Canada, as it shares the memories of more than 70 survivors from across Canada as well as 125 archival and contemporary images. 
Aundeck the Crow is a beautiful Ojibwe story about learning to listen and having empathy for those around you in order to find your purpose in life. This is a talking eBook with both Ojibwe and English text & audio narration. 
Whispers on the Water is another talking eBook in both Ojibwe and English. It shows how cultures today have learned from their ancestors about living in harmony with Mother Earth. 
Canoe Kids Vol. 3 The Mi’kmaq of Ktaqamkuk is one of four issues currently available to us in an ongoing 24 edition series appropriate for kids of all ages. This issue focuses on the Mi’kmaq of the North Atlantic Coast.  Canoe Kids, through the generosity of the Council of Flat Bay and Conne River, travels through this traditional territory learning about the Mi‘kmaq of Ktaqamkuk (Newfoundland).

If you have questions about accessing these or any of the digital resources offered through Library Services, please email us at