On the Trapline
This resource is an anecdotal, engaging, and authentic First Peoples text written by a Canadian author. It follows the journey of a grandfather and his grandson as they travel north into the wilderness to visit the family trapline, inspiring the grandfather to share his wisdom and experiences. The story highlights the First Peoples connection to the land and the importance of intergenerational relationships, and its images and illustrations add depth to the story, expressing mood, movement, and realism for the reader. In an elementary classroom, this resource may encourage students to reflect on the impacts of colonization on local First Peoples communities and the loss of their way of life. Also, students may have opportunities to engage in discussions about the critical role of Elders as knowledge keepers in the First Peoples communities.