Being outdoors is the appropriate setting to have discussions about residential schools and language loss since the legacy of both has been to separate Indigenous people from Mother Earth. These books have powerful messages well-suited to young readers. We need to take the next step in the healing process. I am excited by what schools will learn on the Storytime Trail.

Peter Garrow, Akwasasne Mohawk, Bear Clan, project advisor and former Upper Canada DSB trustee.

Call to Action #63 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission looks to '[Build] student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect’. We believe these important stories will facilitate rich conversations, helping everyone on their own journey of reconciliation.

“Good With Words” program includes a $25,000 donation to Indigenous Leadership Initiative for Land Needs Guardians, a program of environmental stewardship lead by First Nations communities across Canada.

The donation was made possible by the Schad Foundation, a leading supporter of youth environmental education. For the first 50 orders of On The Trapline or Stolen Words “book walk” signs, a donation of $500 will be made in the name of participating schools to Land Needs Guardians.

About Land Needs Guardians

“Guardians are trained experts who manage protected areas, restore animals and plants, test water quality and monitor development. They play a vital role in creating land-use and marine-use plans. And they connect youth with Elders” said Valérie Courtois, Executive Director. 

Free Author Visits to Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples’ Month

On the Trapline
The first 50 schools who purchase On the Trapline bookwalks are eligible to register for a virtual author event in June with David A. Robertson.

Stolen Words
The first 50 schools who purchase Stolen Words bookwalks are eligible to register for a virtual author event in June with Melanie Florence.

Photo permission granted by Land Needs Guardians © Land Needs Guardians 2022
Photo permission granted by Land Needs Guardians © Land Needs Guardians 2022

The Indigenous Leadership Initiative and Land Needs Guardians are thrilled to be receiving this support. It will go a long way in helping advocate for and support Indigeneous-led conservation and stewardship initiatives across the country.

Valerie Courtois
Executive Director, Indigenous Leadership Initiative

Learn more about the extraordinary work being done by Land Needs Guardians.

The short video below explains why reconciliation through conservation and protection of land and water is so important to Indigenous–and non-Indigenous–people.

Join with other schools in Ontario this June for a special virtual author visit with award-winning author, David A. Robertson.

Schools presenting this Storytime Trail book walk are eligible to attend a special, invite-only virtual author visit with the two-time Governor General Literary Award winner, David A. Robertson. This online event will be co-hosted by OneWorld Schoolhouse and Penguin Random House with Vikki Van Sickle, Director of Marketing and Publicity, as moderator. David will be speaking about his beautiful book On the Trapline and answering student questions. Vikki is a skilled presenter with a passion for books and has a regular kids' books segment on CTV Your Morning. Questions for the author will be submitted in advance to OneWorld Schoolhouse with every attempt to address as many curious reader questions as possible. With close to 50 schools participating, your students could part of the 15,000+ audience members listening and learning with David.

Order now.

Due to anticipated higher volumes and shipping, the deadline for orders of On the Trapline and Stolen Words "book sets" is: Friday, May 13, 2022. Click here to get started.

Project partners.