July 2020

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Beatrice Strong Public School


July Calendar Resources

Index of Holy Days

Berry Moon – Miin Giizis (Anishinaabe – First Nations) Month of July
Anishinaabe Moon Calendar – This month signifies the time when so many berries are ripe and ready for picking. Blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are especially plentiful.

For more information on local Full Moon Ceremonies go to www.facebook.com/groups/16994197269 or contact Trent University Department of Indigenous Studies.

The Ontario Native Literacy Coalition has released this informative PDF to share information about Ojibway, Cree, and Mohawk languages and their respective understandings of moons, seasons, days and cycles of ceremonies. It also explains the significance of the Aboriginal Calendar. 

Win Translation’s page “Ojibwe Months: Names Chosen by Nature?” explores the relationship between the Ojibwe languages and dialects, and how moons come to have been named in such a way.  www.wintranslation.com/ojibwe-months/

Language is an important part of Anishinaabe traditions and culture. To learn more about the Ojibwe language visit The Ojibwe People's Dictionary. (ojibwe.lib.umn.edu/)


Martyrdom of the Báb (Bahá'í )*- July 10th
This day honours the anniversary of the Báb’s execution in 1850. See this BBC site for more information: http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/bahai/holydays/martyrdombab.shtml


Dharma Day (Buddhist)- July 5th
Dharma Day marks the beginning of the Buddha's teaching and enlightenment. Dharma day is observed as the start of the Buddhist religion. A day of gratitude towards the Buddha and other enlightened teachers, the festival is celebrated with reflection and readings from Buddhist scriptures. https://globaldimension.org.uk/event/asalha-puja-dharma-day/

Significant Dates

Canada Day (Can) - July 1
Marks the anniversary of the formation of the union of the provinces in a federation. It is celebrated across the country. Learn all about this important day at https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/canada-day-history.html

Nunavut Day
Nunavut Day is a holiday that celebrates the signing of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement and the birth of a new Canadian territory. On July 9, 1993, the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement was signed, giving the title to nearly 350,000 sq. Km of land to the Inuit people. Visit http://www.cbc.ca/strombo/news/nunavut-day-2014 for an excellent overview of how this historic agreement came into being.

Nelson Mandela International Day (UN)
Held annually to recognize Mandela’s contribution to peace and freedom, this day represents a global call to action for people to recognize their ability to have a positive effect on others around them, and to embrace values such as: democracy, freedom, equality, diversity, reconciliation and respect. Visit the UN site for information on Nelson Mandela and the impact that he’s had on South Africa and the world. http://www.un.org/en/events/mandeladay/index.shtml

International Day of Friendship (UN)
International Day of Friendship was proclaimed by the United Nations in 2011 with the intent of building communities and helping move towards world peace. http://www.un.org/en/events/friendshipday/

* Holy Days beginning at sundown the day before

**This date may vary based on moon sightings, local or regional customs

Describes a variety of berries, nuts, and seeds that might be found on a nature walk and includes identification information. Invites young naturalists to spot wildlife. Safety tips are provided and interesting activities are suggested.

Berries, Nuts, And Seeds by Diane Burns Amazon.ca

Award-winning artist Sylvia Long and author Dianna Hutts Aston have teamed up again to create this gorgeous and informative introduction to seeds. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, the book introduces children to a fascinating array of seed and plant facts, making it a guide that is equally at home being read on a parent's lap as in a classroom reading circle.

A Seed Is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston (Author), Sylvia Long (Illustrator)

The Song Within My Heart is a beautiful story about a young Indigenous boy who is preparing for his first pow wow with his Nokum – grandmother – who guides him through the day and watches over him as the day goes by.

The Song Within My Heart by David Bouchard (Author)

Winner, CODE’s 2016 Burt Award for First Nation, Inuit and Métis Literature

In this important graphic novel, two Aboriginal brothers surrounded by poverty, drug abuse, and gang violence, try to overcome centuries of historic trauma in very different ways to bring about positive change in their lives.

The Outside Circle: A Graphic Novel by Patti LaBoucane-Benson (Author), Kelly Mellings (Illustrator)

Written and illustrated by Ningeokuluk Teevee, one of the most interesting young artists in Cape Dorset, home to the great tradition of Inuit art, this is a beautifully simple story, written in Inuktitut and English, about a young Inuit girl who goes to the shore with her grandmother to collect clams for supper. 

Alego by Ningeokuluk Teevee  Amazon.ca

Ten-year-old Agatha, an Inuit girl, is the reluctant heroine in this tapestry of Arctic tales set in the 1950s. Each tale has its origins in Kusugak’s own childhood experiences.

Arctic Stories by Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak (Author), Vladyana Krykorka (Illustrator) Amazon.ca

This teen novel, written by Iqaluit-based Inuit author Aviaq Johnston, is a coming-of-age story that follows a young shaman named Pitu as he learns to use his powers and ultimately finds himself lost in the world of the spirits.

Those Who Run in the Sky by Aviaq Johnston  Amazon.ca

Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy. A young boy asks: When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do? Find out what he learns in this charming, lyrically told story.

The Three Questions by Jon J Muth Amazon.ca

What can you do when you’re mad, sad, or anxious? Find a quiet spot, sit, and breathe. When you meditate every day, your mind stays happy, and even bad days are a little easier.

Peaceful Piggy Meditation by Kerry Lee MacLean Amazon.ca

This wonderful and engaging story gives children and caregivers a concrete practice for dealing with anger and other difficult emotions. In Anh’s Anger, five-year-old Anh becomes enraged when his grandfather asks him to stop playing and come to the dinner table. The grandfather helps Anh fully experience all stages of anger by suggesting that he go to his room and, "sit with his anger."

Anh's Anger  Hardcover by Gail Silver (Author), Christianne Kromer (Illustrator)

Sarah Conover's collection of traditional Buddhist tales leads us to the kind of implicit understanding of ourselves and others that only stories can provide. Following the Buddha through his various transformations, these clarified and often humorous narrative journeys open the ancient master's profound and gentle teachings to persons of all ages, religions, races, and ideological persuasions.

KINDNESS: Treasury of Buddhist Wisdom by Sarah Conover Amazon.ca 

For older readers - Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country.

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela by Nelson Mandela Amazon.ca

As a child he dreamt of changing South Africa; as a man he changed the world.  Nelson Mandela spent his life battling apartheid and championing a peaceful revolution.  He spent twenty-seven years in prison and emerged as the inspiring leader of the new South Africa.  He became the country’s first black president and went on to live his dream of change.

Who Was Nelson Mandela? by Pam Pollack (Author), Who HQ (Author), Stephen Marchesi (Illustrator) Amazon.ca 

Nelson Mandela's autobiography, LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, offers a glimpse into the mind of a great leader, admired across the globe for his dedication to the struggles against apartheid in South Africa. Now the youngest readers can discover the remarkable story of Mandela's long walk from ordinary village boy, to his dynamic leadership of the African National Congress, to his many long years in prison-and, at last, his freedom and astonishing rise to become the leader of his country.

Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom by Chris van Wyk (Editor), Paddy Bouma (Illustrator) Amazon.ca

Stanley Birdbaum couldn’t be more excited. He has rolled and wrapped and dyed his hair. He has dipped it and sprayed it and made it, well, perfect. He is ready to celebrate Crazy Hair Day at school. But when Stanley saunters up to the classroom, he learns, to his horror that Crazy Hair Day is . . . next week. A great read about the power of friendship and kindness.

Crazy Hair Day by Barney Saltzberg Amazon.ca

In this funny yet endearing story, one little boy learns an effective recipes for turning your best enemy into your best friend. Accompanied by charming illustrations, Enemy Pie serves up a sweet lesson in the difficulties and ultimate rewards of making new friends.

Enemy Pie by Derek Munson (Author), Tara Calahan King (Illustrator)

This multicultural story of friendship is about leaving home, moving to a foreign and strange place, and finding a new friend. It's a story for all who have experienced change. Irena Kobald's poetic text, paired with Kate Greenaway medalist Freya Blackwood's powerful paintings, renders an emotional and heart-warming story about two children from diverse backgrounds coming together to become new friends.

My Two Blankets by Irena Kobald (Author), Freya Blackwood (Illustrator)

Clover's mom says it isn't safe to cross the fence that segregates their African-American side of town from the white side where Anna lives. But the two girls strike up a friendship, and get around the grown-ups' rules by sitting on top of the fence together.

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson (Author), E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)