Blondin, George. Yamoria the Lawmaker: Stories of the Dene. Edmonton: Newest Publishers, 1997. Heine, Michael. 1999.

Byron through the Seasons: A Dene-English Story Book. Written by the children of La Loche and friends. Saskatoon, Sask.: Fifth House and La Loche Library Board, 1990. Produced by students and teachers in LaLoche, this attractive resource highlights aspects of Dene culture that were vital in the past and are still important today.

Campbell, Marjorie Wilkins, Nor’westers: The Fight for the Fur Trade. Tandem Library, 2003.

Dene Games. A Culture and Resource Manual. Traditional Aboriginal Sport Coaching Resources. Vol. 1. Yellowknife, NT: Sport North Federation.

Farrell-Racette, Sherry. The Flower Beadwork People. Saskatoon: Gabriel Dumont Institute, 1991. Métis Peoples origins and their past and present lifestyles. Bold colour illustrations show homes, celebrations, clothing and occupations past and present.

Farnham, Katherine. Beaver, Beads and Pemmican: Canada’s Fur Traders Canadian Social Sciences Ltd., 1987. The book provides a chronological, textbook style look at the fur trade as it occurred across Canada. It features maps, drawings and archival photos.

Hall, Judy, Tepper, Leslie and Thompson, Judy. Threads of the Land: Clothing Traditions from Three Indigenous Cultures. Hull: Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1994.

Love, Ann and Drake, Jane. Kids Book of the Far North. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2000.

Thompson, Judy. From the Land: Two Hundred Years of Dene Clothing. Hull, Québec: Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1994.


Fur Trade: – click on Education, the Kid’s Stop under ‘Information’ - search ‘fur trade’


Contemporary issues:

Animals of the Boreal Forest:

It is highly recommended that teachers access the Dene Kede teacher’s manual for further information and a Dene perspective:

Dene Kede — Education: A Dene Perspective, Dene Kede Curriculum Guide. Yellowknife: Northwest Territories Education Development Branch, 2003

Excellent information for cross-curricular connections, as well as topics related to this unit can be found at: