Curriculum Resource Materials

NorthWind Books

The NorthWind Books are developed to be used as part of a guided reading program and provide reading material that reflects the life and experiences of Yukon First Nations people. This project is ongoing, as more books are currently being developed. Over time all the NorthWind Books will be translated into French and into Yukon First Nations languages. NorthWind Books are developed collaboratively with the NorthWind Books Working Group. The working group is composed of classroom teachers and an Elder, with technical support from the department's coordinator of Primary Programs and the FNPP Cultural Inclusion Consultant. A Teachers' Guide, which is also available, includes reading activities, cultural connections and cross-curricular links.

Yukon First Nation Grade 1 Books

Eaglecrest Titles

Reading Level
Going Outside Level 1
Tantalus School featuring Savannah Gage and Marcus Gage-Skookum
My Grandpa Level 2
Featuring Azreil Allen and James Allen, Champagne & Aishihik FN
Big Things and Little Things Level 2
Elijah Smith Elementary School featuring Trevaughn Smith
New Slippers Level 6
Featuring Danielle/ Tahyah Van Bibber/Elder Pearl Keenan, Teslin Tlingit Council
Hungry Red Fox Level 8
Hot Moose Stew Level 12
Kluane Lake School featuring Angeline Johnson and Elder Agnes Johnson
The Dog Sled Ride Level 16
Hidden Valley School featuring Josh Nicol and Natalee Patchett and Frank Turner

NorthWind Titles

Reading Level
Making Tea at Grandma’s Level 4/5
Chief Zzeh Gittlit School featuring Percilla Charlie-Tizya and Shae Han Garrett-Charlie and elder Helen Charlie, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation
Hunting With Dad Level 4/5
Written by Patti Tetlichi, Chief Zzeh Gittlit School. Special thanks to Jane Montgomery, Vuntut Language Teacher & Aidan & Robert Kyikavichik, Old Crow, Yukon
Kaska Day at School Level 8/9
Ross River School featuring Melodie and Monica Johnny and Henry Nukon
The Snowsnake Game Level 15/16
Ross River School featuring Melodie and Monica Johnny and Henry Nukon
Raven Brings Light – A Play Not leveled
Elijah Smith Elementary School featuring Kerri Peters’ grade two students
Finding A Medicine Tree Level 15/16
J.V. Clark School featuring the grade one and two students and Elder Betty Lucas, First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun
Ice Fishing Fun Level 16/17
St. Elias Community School featuring Mariah MacDonald and Jesse McCuaig and Elders Mary Shadow and Rosalie Washington, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations
A Winter Camp Level 16/17
Elijah Smith Elementary School Cultural Camp featuring Russell Burns, Elder Charlie Burns, Elder Annie Smith, Dianne Smith & Corinne Gurtler's Grade One class
Fishing at Simpson Creek Level 17/18
Johnson Elementary School featuring Aaron Chaput and Denetia Stone, Mr. Aaron Kalles and Elder Leda Jules and Kaska instructor Phoebe Lewis
A Time for Bear Roots Level 18/19
Special thanks to Elder Jimmy Johnny of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun and the Grade One and Two Students of J.V. Clark School, Mayo, Yukon
Presley's Special Name Level 18/19
Special thanks to Presley Hähke Isaac Lindgren-Woods, Trudy Lindgren, Ashley Doiron and the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Government
Rabbit Stew for Grandma Level 19/20
Special thanks to Elders Mrs. Martha Buyck and Mr. Walter Peter, of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun, and the students of J.V. Clark School, Mayo, Yukon

If you are interested in developing a book, please contact:
Jeanette McCrie, Co-ordinator, Primary Programs @ 667-5186 or
Sharon Shadow, Consultant, First Nations Education @ 667-5931

Early Reader Books Working Group