The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Sustainable Development Institute (FNQLSDI) is happy to share his collection of books on environment and sustainable development. All the books are multilinguals, presented in up to eight languages: French, English, Anishnabe (Algonquin), Atikamekw, Innu, Kanien’Kéha (Mohawk), Cree and Mi’gmaw.
Printed copies were sent to schools in targeted nations and the books are also available online for free in PDF. For the second and third books, the FNQLSDI offers an audio version.These books are intended as a fun and educational tool for workers in First Nations schools involved in the teaching of aboriginal languages, as well as sciences.
The FNQLSDI wishes to help youths strengthen their sense of belonging towards the cultural wealth of Aboriginal languages, as well to encourage good practices for the preservation of the Earth.
Let’s talk environment in Aboriginal languages!
This first book is the result of an awareness-raising work among youths on the wildlife habitat of species of high value for First Nations. To illustrate the book, a drawing contest was launched in elementary schools participating in the awareness-raising workshops. To participate in the contest, the student had to produce a drawing that respects the biological composition of the habitat of a featured local species, meaning that they consider the animal’s need related to its diet, reproduction and protection.
As you can see, the selected drawings were reworked and enhanced by a professional artist. Her mandate was to respect the youth’s initial vision adding, if necessary, certain characteristics specific to the represented environment. The original drawings are presented at the end of the book. We recommend that you look at them, you will be impressed by youths’ talent!
“When I grow up, I want to be …?!” Discovering environmental trades and professions: role models for First Nations
This second book is promoting environmental careers in local languages. If today young people can dream of becoming police officers, singers, dog groomers, pool builders or even professional skateboarders, why can’t they dream of becoming biologists, forestry engineers, fishermen, stewards of the land or environmental lawyers? The concept is simple and popular: 10 professions, 10 professional models from 10 First Nations sharing their passion. Are you curious? Come and find out about the professionals’ career paths in the pages of the book!
In this third book, young readers are invited to follow Qimmiq, an Inuit dog, as he travels to meet with First Nations. For several years, Qimmiq, his parents and his grandparents have observed significant environmental changes in the North, where the climate is changing rapidly. These changes are well documented in his region, but how are they affecting his friends, the First Nations, further south? Through concrete examples and images, young people are drawn to find out what climate change is, and how it affects First Nations communities.
For this book, the FNQLSDI worked with students from the Kiuna Institution, the only Aboriginal college in Quebec, to produce a collection of multilingual and multicultural texts on visions of sustainable development of First Nations in Quebec. You will discover a series of twenty opinion pieces highlighting the views and critical thinking of First Nations young adults about a sustainable present and future. It is their ideas, their observations, their fears and hopes, in their own words.