June 2020

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June Calendar Resources

June is...

Italian Heritage Month (ON)

National Aboriginal History Month (Can)

Portuguese History & Heritage Month (Can)

Pride Month (Can)

Seniors’ Month (ON)

Index of Holy Days

Blooming Moon – Waabgonii Giizis (Anishinaabe - First Nations) Month of June 
Anishinaabe Moon Calendar – This is the time of the year that everything starts to bloom, including the buds on the trees, flowers and other plants.

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. onlc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/13-Moon-curriculum2.pdf

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.  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. 

Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev (Sikh)- June 16th
Guru Arjan was the fifth Sikh Guru and the first Sikh martyr. He compiled all the past Gurus’ writings into one book, now the Sikh Holy Scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib.  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guru_Arjan


Litha (Wiccan)- June 24th
Litha, the summer solstice Sabbat, honours the longest day of the year. It is the time of year when the crops are bountiful and the earth is warm, and a focus is placed on celebrating the power of the sun.  www.thoughtco.com/guide-to-celebrating-litha-2562231

Significant Dates

Canadian Environment Week 
Established in 1971, Canadian Environment Week celebrates the government’s environmental accomplishments and encourages Canadians to contribute to preserving and protecting their environment.  https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/canadian-environment-week.html

Juneteenth is the celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the U.S. on June 19, 1865. www.juneteenth.com/

National Indigenous Peoples Day (Can) 
This day celebrates Inuit, Métis, and First Nations’ cultures and heritage. It coincides with the summer solstice and is a time to reflect on future growth. www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100013248/1100100013249

St-Jean-Baptiste Day (QC)  
The patron saint of French Canada and the distinct nature of French Canadian culture are celebrated with lively parades and parties. www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/celebrate-canada-days/baptiste-day.html

Italian Heritage Month (ON) 

National Aboriginal History Month (Can)

Portuguese History & Heritage Month (Can)

Pride Month (Can)

Seniors’ Month (ON)

Additional Resources

Yasmeen, a seven-year-old Pakistani-American girl, celebrates the Muslim holidays of Ramadan, The Night of the Moon" (Chaand Raat), and Eid. With lush illustrations that evoke Islamic art, this beautiful story offers a window into modern Muslim culture-and into the ancient roots from within its traditions have grown.

The Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Storyby Hena Khan (Author), Julie Paschkis (Illustrator) Amazon.ca

The most magical things can come in tiny packages! In the Arctic, tales of tiny people who live on the land abound. This children's story follows the adventures of an orphan named Ava who is left to fend for himself by the adults in his village. One day, cold and alone, Ava stumbles upon a group of magical dwarves who finally show him how it feels to have a home of his own.

Ava and the Little Folk by Alan Neal (Author), Neil Christopher (Author), Jonathan Wright (Illustrator) Amazon.ca

Invoking hope, healing and forgiveness, The Reason You Walk is a poignant story of a towering but damaged father and his son as they embark on a journey to repair their family bond. By turns lighthearted and solemn, Kinew gives us an inspiring vision for family and cross-cultural reconciliation, and a wider conversation about the future of aboriginal peoples.

The Reason You Walk: A Memoir by Wab Kinew Amazon.ca

Amik tells Moshoom about his wonderful school. Then his grandfather tells him about the residential school he went to, so different from Amik's school, so Amik has an idea...

Amik Loves School: A Story of Wisdom by Katherena Vermette (Author), Irene Kuziw (Illustrator) Amazon.ca

MOOSE MEAT AND WILD RICE is a unique book, a comic collection by a contemporary Ojibway author, who turns his talents to a mischievous (but never malicious) depiction of present-day Indians and Indian-White relations, with the gentle satire cutting both ways.

Moose Meat & Wild Rice by Basil Johnston Amazon.ca

This poetic book is a resounding tribute to Tubman's strength, humility, and devotion. With proper reverence, Weatherford and Nelson do justice to the woman who, long ago, earned over and over the name Moses.

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford (Author), Kadir Nelson (Illustrator) Amazon.ca

Master storyteller Christopher Paul Curtiss Newbery Honor novel featuring his trademark humor unique narrative voice and new cover art-now in paperback Eleven-year-old Elijah lives in Buxton Canada a settlement of runaway slaves near the American border He’s the first child in town to be born free and he ought to be famous just for that.

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis Amazon.ca

This collection of stunning photographs and inspired commentary documents the lives of Italian immigrants to Toronto. Award-winning photographer and cultural historian Vincenzo Pietropaolo has spent much of his life taking pictures inside the tightly knit Italian-Canadian community. 

Not Paved With Gold: Italian-Canadian Immigrants in the 1970s by Vincenzo Pietropaolo Amazon.ca

For older readers)

Like Wayson Choy and David Bezmozgis before him, Anthony De Sa captures, in stories brimming with life, the innocent dreams and bitter disappointments of the Portuguese immigrant experience. At the heart of this collection of intimately linked stories is the relationship between a father and his son.

Barnacle Love by Anthony De Sa Amazon.ca

Enjoy a snow day with Gabi, Adam, and Abigail as they build their snow-woman and see how they demonstrate importance of family, creativity, and teamwork, all while learning a new language!

My Snow Day: Meu Dia de Neve : Babl Children's Books in Portuguese and English  by Ally Nathaniel (Author), Milena Radeva (Illustrator) Amazon.ca

When a young Prince and a farm boy meet in the forest, a growing friendship between them blossoms into love. However, when the Queen re-marries, her sinister new husband seeks control of the enchanted forest and the land the farm boy’s family are responsible for protecting.

Promised Land by Adam Reynolds (Author), Chaz Harris (Author), Christine Luiten (Illustrator) Amazon.ca

In the magical time between night and day, when both the sun and the moon are in the sky, a child is born in a little blue house on a hill. And Miu Lan is not just any child, but one who can change into any shape they can imagine. The only problem is they can't decide what to be: a boy or a girl? A bird or a fish? A flower or a shooting star?

From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea by Kai Cheng Thom (Author), Kai Yun Ching (Illustrator), Wai-Yant Li (Illustrator) Amazon.ca

The very first picture book about the remarkable and inspiring story of the Pride Flag! In this deeply moving and empowering true story, young readers will trace the life of the Pride Flag, from its beginnings in 1978 with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today's world.

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders (Author), Steven Salerno (Illustrator) Amazon.ca

George Baker and Harry don’t seem the likeliest of friends. Yet, sitting side by side on George’s porch, waiting for the school bus to come, the two have plenty in common, this hundred-year-old musician with the crookedy fingers going tappidy on his knees and the young schoolboy whose shoelaces always need tying. They’re both learning to read, which is hard — but what’s easy is the warm friendship they share.

Mr. George Baker by Amy Hest (Author), Jon J Muth (Illustrator) Amazon.ca

When Mona travels from her home in the U.S. to visit her grandmother's small Palestinian village on the West Bank, she must rely on her father to translate at first, but soon she and Sitti are communicating perfectly. With verve and a childlike sense of wonder, Mona relates some of the sights, sounds, and tastes she is introduced to as well as "the secrets" she learns from spending time in the wise, elderly woman's company.

Sitti's Secrets by Naomi Shihab Nye (Author), Nancy Carpenter (Illustrator) Amazon.ca

How does an old woman who has outlived all her friends keep from being lonely? By naming the things in her life she knows she will never outlive - like her house, Franklin, and her bed, Roxanne. When a shy brown puppy appears at her front gate, the old woman won't name it, because it might not outlive her.

The Old Woman Who Named Things by Cynthia Rylant (Author), Kathryn Brown (Illustrator) Amazon.ca

A young elephant spends time with his elderly Uncle while his parents are lost at sea. His Uncle makes wishes come true, tells amazing stories, and even trumpets the dawn!

Uncle Elephant by Arnold Lobel  Amazon.ca

When Allashua disobeys her parents and goes fishing on the sea ice, she has to use her wits to escape and to further trick the Qallupilluit when she promises to bring her brothers and sisters back to them.

A Promise is a Promise Paperback by Robert Munsch (Author), Michael Kusugak (Author), Vladyana Krykora (Illustrator) Amazon.ca

Founded in 1608, what city is one of the oldest in North America? Where and when was Canada's first road built? What world-famous circus was the inspiration of Baie-Saint-Paul street performers? Discover the answers to these questions, along with other facts, in F is for French: A Quebec Alphabet.

F is for French: A Quebec Alphabet by Elaine Arsenault (Author), Renné Benoit (Illustrator) Amazon.ca