Teach Us With Culture and We Can Learn

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Exploring Indigenous Cultures Through Authentic Indigenous Voices




One Culture At A Time

Volume 1 The Anishinaabe of
Great Spirit Island

Volume 2 The Haida of Haida Gwaii

Volume 3 The Mi'kmaq of Ktaqamkuk

Canoe Kids: Our Journey 

As we travel to explore and learn from different communities we have learned one fact that is as certain as the sun rising in the east. That fact is that while each of the cultures we learn from are different in many ways, they also share one affinity that is incontestable. We refer here to our connection with nature and the precept that we are all in partnership with the land, water and all the creatures and plants. We must all be good stewards working in concert with nature. Canoe Kids is a celebration of both the differences and similarities among Indigenous cultures. We are very thankful to our customers and distributors across Canada and the US too. Canoe Kids has been embraced and we are now reprinting all of our editions because of demand. We have also listened to our readers and increased the thickness of our cover and also laminated the cover but in a way that the editions are still professionally "perfect bound" We are preparing to head south to work with The Navajo in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.

Each edition follows a common theme and features:

1:An ancient and beautiful story
2: The story of the vessel used by the featured Peoples
3: Art and Food
4: A Kids Zone
5: Resources for kids, parents and educators

6: Stories of and about the featured Peoples

7: Extraordinary pictures of the lives, land and waters of the featured Peoples










Teach Us With Culture And We Can Learn


About Canoe Kids:

Inspiration: Teach Me With Culture And I will Learn… (from the James Bay Cree education statement)

Canoe Kids is about cultures, equity and the environment. Our readership is from the very young to the very mature. We are privileged to have the opportunity to live among beautiful and vibrant cultures and we strive to bring an honest and authentic perspective from the First Peoples to our readership. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission inspired Indigenous and non-indigenous people throughout Canada and its call to action provided the impetus that brought our group of likeminded individuals together in 2015. The TRC devotes two entire sections to Media and Education. Canoe Kids is our effort to embrace the TRC message.



Canoe Kids is an eight-year project that will produce 24 volumes commencing with our first edition released in January 2016. We endeavour to provide authentic and empowering materials in an inspiring way. Canoe Kids is photojournalism based with full colour pictures and illustrations accompanied by poetry, art, recipes, stories, and editorial content that showcase cultures whose time stretches through prior millennia but are also well anchored in the present. There is so much to learn when you have the opportunity to live in communities for months at a time and listen to the elders/knowledge keepers and join in the community. Canoe Kids shares this journey so that the reader can experience and learn about these extraordinary Peoples and cultures first hand.


We always start by seeking permissions and fostering relationships in the communities we visit. We commenced by requesting contact with the Grand Chief, Chief of the Council and members of the education facilities and language and culture centres. These contacts and discussions led to relationships within the community. Respecting this process provides the opportunity for us to learn. Canoe Kids is simply a reflection of our learning. We are members of the Canadian Association of Journalists and believe in the ethics and responsibilities of journalism. We are in the in the process of creating an ongoing relationship with the CAJ to sponsor and mentor Indigenous Youth Journalism. This follows our commitment to create cultural and environmental awareness especially from remote locations.



North America, (Turtle Island) is experiencing an awakening and embracing of First Nations cultures. We focus on the extraordinary depth of traditional knowledge especially as related to the environment and culture. Cultural and environmental awareness is a common discussion now and so the timing for our publication is fortunate.


Mark Twain said “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”

People may not be able to travel to remote places but creating content with the cultures of these areas allows information to travel to the reader. If the materials are authentic, inspiring, accurate and pertinent then awareness is expanded. Expanded awareness helps shape dialogue and dialogue can lead to action and action can lead to environmental and cultural acceptance and change. This is precisely what we wish to help foster with Canoe Kids.



This inclusive concept is truly an Indigenous way of being.

Indigenous communities have always included the little ones in their circles and talk and teach to them in the same way they talk and teach to young adults and adults. The views of the children are valued and respected. Learning and having fun are for family and community together. We decided to follow that inclusive way of life for the layout of the book.


Rather than create editions for different age groups we decided to have one book for all ages. We wanted one book for the family so that parents can read to their children from the same book that the children have fun with in the Fun Zone. We wanted the same book to be a resource for learning and a resource for educating too. We have download-able teacher and library guides and KIDS activity booklets that are designed for educators, kids and parents too.

Canoe Kids is a book that we hope you will keep. The information, stories and pictures are timeless and will never feel old. The stories are already thousands of years old and they are as relevant now (perhaps more so) than ever before. As your collection grows each new and past edition can be enjoyed, re-read and shared by new family, students and acquaintances.  Our team doesn't just travel and spend a few days in each location. We spend months on location and build real relationships. That means that the materials you read are not only the result of exhaustive work but also of the care and closeness of the friendships made within the community by the Canoe Kids staff. This, we believe, is much more than  just reporting. This is our mission and lives too, and we are thrilled to have you join us on our journeys.


Our materials are equal parts cultural and environmental. The latter is a natural offshoot of the former as Indigenous cultures are wrapped around and through the lands and water and sky both spiritually and from a harvesting and gathering perspective. Indigenous Peoples have long been the caretakers of Mother Earth and we can all learn from these experts whose message is perhaps more relevant today than ever.


There are three editions per year. Each edition features Peoples from a different Nation and is approximately 130 pages (without advertising). Both print and digital versions are available. Our materials are inspiring for all ages. Come explore with us!


Because We Are All Mother Nature's Children

learn about and from knowledgeable voices that promote understanding of

Mother Earth, cultural diversity ... and have fun too :-)



Authentic Indigenous Voices Take You On Extraordinary Explorations
Of Learning & Fun




Haida - Inuit - Inca (Quechua) - Iroquois - Cree - Maori - Blackfoot
- Mi’kmaq - Celt - Dakota - Apache - Seminole - Comanche -  Ute
- Lanape (Delaware) - Shawnee - Mayan - Sami (Laplander) - Shoshone - Pawnee












Print & Digital Editions


We appreciate your visiting Canoe Kids. If you have reached us as a referral from one of our distributors we encourage you to purchase
Canoe Kids single editions  and subscriptions from them. We value the hard work that distributors do and heartily support their good efforts.

Canoe Kids was evaluated and approved by ERAC. To review the Canoe Kids ERAC evaluation please click here.

Canoe Kids News: Canoe Kids is listening to our readership. Our readers love the look and feel of the covers of our editions. After receiving many kind words of encouragement we have increased the weight of our cover stock and applied a laminate to cover. This will make the publication even more durable and increase the shelf life of these beautiful and timeless editions. These new units are now in print production. We have held the price increase to the absolute minimum to faciltae this request. The new modest increase is included in the following pricing.



The Folks At Canoe Kids

Each edition will bring you guest editors and contributors from the Nation and Peoples featured in that edition. This will keep the editions interesting and with a feel and background that only local people who live within the community can bring. The originating editorial staff will liaison with the different Peoples and interact with readers (especially kids), parents, and educators.

Kelly Brownbill 

Senior Editor & Cultural Advisor




Kelly Brownbill’s spirit name, Wabunnoongakekwe, means Woman Who Comes from the East and she is proud to be Wabizhashi Dodem, Marten Clan.  She is a member of the Flat Bay community of the Mi’kmaq Nation in Newfoundland.

As an educator on Aboriginal issues, she has conducted countless cultural awareness training sessions across a broad range of service sectors including key staff from both the provincial and federal governments.  She has worked extensively with teachers and staff, both in the education and child welfare sectors.  The birth of Canoe Kids means she will finally have somewhere to point people struggling to find authentic and appropriate information on Indigenous Peoples.


Having raised a daughter in the public school system, she has been frustrated repeatedly over the misrepresentation of her culture, and the misinformation that perpetuates stereotypical images.  Her wish is that teachers finally feel like someone has their backs when it comes to portraying Indigenous Peoples as foundational to our global cultures today.

 Kelly honors the wisdom and vision of her elders, both here and in the spirit realm, and acknowledges their guidance.  She continues to seek their assistance with her ongoing journey.  For more information, please visit www.kellybrownbill.com.


Cat Criger

Traditional Aboriginal Elder





Cat is an Aboriginal Elder, Traditional Teacher and Mentor from the First Nations People. He is Cayuga (Guyohkohnyoh), Turtle Clan of the Six Nations Haudenosaunee or People of the Longhouse. Cat has been working as a Traditional Teacher and Healer for more than 20 years in the Native and multi-cultural community in Canada, the USA, England, Germany, Poland, and Wales. He was taught in the old way, working for many years with the guidance of an Aniishnawbe Elder (Zaawawagaabo) and other First Nations Elders, and was taught to do traditional ceremonies, teachings, circles, one to one work and to help all people to ‘walk in a good way’ though life.


He feels privileged to be able to pass on the aboriginal concepts of philosophy, well being, respect and living in balance with all of creation. Sharing these values and teachings helps individuals to deal with life direction, stress, relationships, and personal journeys and to understand why we are ‘here’.


Cat has worked as an Elder with numerous government and Aboriginal agencies in Ontario and Canada. He served as an executive member of the board of directors for Anishnaawbe Health Toronto for many years. Presently he holds the position of Traditional Elder for UTM, UTSC, UT Faculty of Law, UT Med Sciences, and the Indigenous Education Network at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. He is also one of the standing Elders for the Council for Aboriginal Initiatives for the U of T,

Elder with the Peel Aboriginal Network. He was also a recent recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for his work in the community speaking to diversity, equity, respect for women, anti-racism and anti-oppression.


Cat also does guest lecturing in multiple faculties in the U of T, Mount Sinai Hospital, and Toronto/Peel District school boards. In his spare time Cat is an archer, astronomer, artist, hiker, kayaker, participates in extreme sports when possible, is pursing a degree in photography, and enjoys spending time with his family and kittens.


Kevin Milne

Contributing Editor/Media Lead & Journalist




Kevin is a photojournalist, journalist, author and documentary film maker. Kevin has filmed throughout the Americas. Cultural studies through media is his passion.


A continually learning student of media, Kevin is at home with digital and videography and is often immersed in all things Adobe.


Kevin is a human rights and environmental rights advocate and believes they are in fact the same thing.


Kevin has explored, camped, hiked, canoed, kayaked, motorcycled and parachuted in the arctic, rain forests, deserts, mountains and works to make sure his grand children can do the same.


Field research and writing is another passion for Kevin. Having an opportunity to work with people to help them write their truths is an ultimate reward.











Canoe Kids


Editor & Cultural Advisor