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A Mother's Earth

Series: Wapos Bay
This award-winning series, produced in Cree, English and French, uses stop-motion animation to portray life in a fictional northern Saskatchewan community. It focuses on issues and events in the lives of children and their supportive families in this traditional Cree community. The adults guide t...

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Raven Power

Raven identifies, through several scenarios, that the men and boys in the community take the women and girls for granted and show lack of respect for them. The women go on a week-long retreat, and only Jacob seems able to make coffee, cook meals and keep things running. Raven and Chief Big Sky ne...

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Our Mother Earth

Mother Earth has been neglected and is in desperate need of care and attention. In this DVD program, young people from around the world bring Earth's plight to the forefront. The Earth is emitting a silent scream and humans are not listening to the language of nature. The young people in the prog...

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Dude, Listen to This!: Engaging Boy Writers

Ralph Fletcher examines boys and writing. He studies what inspires boys, what shuts them down and how teachers can nurture boys writing. In this video, a group of boys voluntarily give up their recess time to meet and discuss their writing. The video is divided into three sections. In the first s...

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Crow Call. An Interview with Lois Lowry

This short video is an interview with the writer, Lois Lowry, who talks about her book called "Crow Call."

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Crow Call

Before leaving for World War II, Daddy buys Liz a flannel shirt, something to remember him by when he is gone from home. Liz treasures that big and colourful shirt. It has been such a long time since Daddy was home; he does not even know that Liz's favourite thing to eat is cherry pie! On a cold ...

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Raven Tales. How Raven Stole the Sun

Raven Tales: How Raven Stole the Sun is an animated film based on a First Nations folklore of the Northwest coast. Frog tells Raven and Eagle about an old man who keeps the sky, the stars, the moon and the light of the world in a set of boxes by the river. Raven transforms himself into a spruce n...

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The Librarian From the Black Lagoon

Rumours thrive about the school library. It is said that the librarian, Mrs. Beamster, laminates people who talk or whisper. She puts glue on chairs to prevent wriggling and recites the Dewey Decimal System during story time. Some say that the shelves in the library are electrified and kids need ...

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The End

Time is running out and Danny still has not completed his story. As he tries out different endings, he wonders if endings are important. After Danny experiences a bad nightmare about witches and receives a very unsympathetic response from his father who misses the end of his favourite drama on TV...

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The Middle

When Danny tries to write his story in the doctor's waiting room, he seems to have writer's block after just one sentence. At this point, he has a beginning to his story, but nothing else. Danny receives some advice from an author who happens to be sitting next to him, Jacqueline Wilson.

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The Beginning

In this first episode of the series, children will learn about the process of starting to develop their story writing skills. Danny finds story writing a real challenge. One day, a famous author, Michael Morpurgo, visits Danny's school to talk about how he gets ideas for his books and helps Danny...