ONE TO ONE has launched a pilot project in four North Shore schools that will see 40 new story books from Strong Nations Publishing added to our book boxes. The project, which is supported by TD, will introduce materials from the Nanaimo-based publisher to elementary students, and include some Indigenous titles such as Fish for Supper, Salmon to Share, and Black Raven. The books join more than 100 other books in the boxes that are rated at varying levels of literacy.
Recognizing a gap that we have historically had in our materials, and inspired by several of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, ONE TO ONE would like to make engaging Indigenous material available to young readers in North Vancouver. Volunteers will now have the opportunity to select from several books in the new set that contain Indigenous stories, 16 others with pictures from Indigenous illustrator and member of the Tsimshian Nation, Bill Helin, and many more with uniquely Canadian content.
ONE TO ONE held a talking circle where we introduced some of our volunteers to the new books. It provided an opportunity for sharing ideas in a safe, non-judgmental environment, and to learn about some of the Indigenous stories we can share with children.
We look forward to the results of this pilot project and hope to bring Indigenous content to more schools across BC in the future.