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  • Keywords
    • Salmon run,
    • Indigenous cultures,
    • Swampy Cree,
    • Mother Earth,
    • Bear cubs,
    • Nature adventure,
    • Pacific North West

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The First Salmon Run
The Bear Cubs' Adventure
by Rhonda Girard

Father Bear—Pâpâ Maskwa—is taking his two bear cubs to the river for their first salmon run. Along the journey, they meet their friends squirrel, (añikwacâs), seal, (âhkik), and salmon, (sôsâsiw). With each friend, the cubs learn lessons in friendship, determination and courage. This totem story is intricately woven with the Swampy Cree language. The First Salmon Run: The Bear Cubs’ Adventure introduces children to Indigenous culture, sharing the virtues of Mother Earth and oral tradition.

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About the Author Rhonda Girard holds a diploma in human services and works as an Indigenous educator in British Columbia, Canada. Rhonda is Métis on her father’s side and on her mother’s, is of German and Ukrainian ancestry. She continues to learn more about her Métis ancestry and is grateful for her teachings by her Métis Elders. These teachings include respecting and honouring the creator, our elders, and Mother Earth. She has learned the virtue of giving thanks and caring for the land and the animals, passing traditions and Indigenous culture on to future generations—values she hopes to share with her debut publication The First Salmon Run, The Bear Cubs’ Adventure. She lives in Prince George, B.C., the traditional unceded Ancestral lands of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, where she is grateful to work, play, and raise her family. About the Illustrator Erin Stagg holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and works as a professional Métis artist in Prince George, BC. She continues to apply the teachings of respecting and honouring the creator, our elders and Mother Earth. She has learned the virtue of giving thanks, collecting medicine and storytelling as part of her culture. These values she shares through her colourful acrylic paintings which reflect her connection to the land and her culture. Erin was the 2020/2021 Artist in Residence for the Community Arts Council of Prince George. In 2019 she won the Top Indigenous Owned Business Award by the Prince George Chamber of Commerce. In 2021 her work won 1st place in People’s Choice in the Salt Spring National Art Prize.


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