The following books were created by the Louis Riel Institute for use in teaching school aged children about Métis history. All titles are available in French and English.

Titles:

  • Louis Riel
  • Louis Riel and the Resistance of 1885
  • The Buffalo Hunters
  • Cuthbert Grant and the Battle of Seven Oaks
  • The Métis Nation
  • Times of Trouble
  • The Life of Big James McKay
  • The Upper Fort

This book explores the life of Louis Riel and the events leading up to the Resistance of 1869.

Written by: Jean LaPrairie

Illustrated by: Sheldon Dawson

Price: $5.95

36 pages - paperback

Suggested Grades: 4-6

ISBN#

  • 978-0-9809912-0-8 English version
  • 978-0-9809912-7-7 French version

 

This book is a companion volume to "Louis Riel" - it examines the powder keg that was the Canadian Northwest in 1885.

Written by: Jean LaPrairie

Illustrated by: Sheldon Dawson

Price: $5.95

48 pages - paperback

Suggested grades: 6

ISBN#

  • 978-0-9809912-3-9 English version
  • 978-0-9809912-8-4 French version

 

The days of the buffalo hunts come alive in this book which also explains how the hunts helped shape Canada.

Written by: Jean LaPrairie

Illustrated by: Sheldon Dawson

Price: $7.95

36 pages - paperback

Suggested Grades: 4

ISBN#

  • 978-0-9809912-1-5 English version
  • 978-0-9809912-6-0 French version

 

The 1816 battle is honoured today as the beginning of the Métis Nation. This book is based on "The Coltman Report" - the federal government's inquiry into the incident.

Written by: Laurent and Jean LaPrairie

Illustrated by: Sheldon Dawson

Price: $7.95

32 pages - paperback

Suggested Grades: 4

ISBN#

  • 978-0-9865369-1-5 English version
  • 978-0-9865369-2-2 French version

The origins of the Métis in the Canadian West inform this enlightening history.

Written by: Jean LaPrairie

Illustrated by: Sheldon Dawson - Full Colour

Price: $9.95

36 pages - paperback

ISBN#

  • 978-1-896150-56-7 English version
  • 978-0-9881036-8-9 French version

 

Taken from the memoirs of Isabelle Branconnier, this story captures Canadian history in the latter 1800s through the eyes of a young woman. Events Isabelle experienced include the 1869-70 and 1885 Métis Resistances.

Written by: Jean LaPrairie

Illustrated by: Sheldon Dawson

Price: $7.95

40 pages - paperback

Suggested Grade: 6

ISBN #

  • 978-0-9865369-3-9 English Version
  • 978-0-9881036-7-2 French Version

This book explores the life of James McKay, a member of the Manitoba Legislative Council. James McKay was in many ways larger than life. From wrestling grizzly bears to riding buffalo, a look at the life of this Métis adventurer brings life in the Red River Settlement in the 1800s into focus.

Written by: Jean LaPrairie

Illustrated by: Sheldon Dawson

Price: $7.95

44 pages - paperback

ISBN#

  • 978-0-9881036-6-5 English version
  • 978-1-927531-01-3 French version

The birthplace of Winnipeg and the doorway to the West, Upper Fort Garry served not only the settlement which surrounded it but was the back drop to the creation of the Canada we know today. Throughout the mid-to-late 19th century, Upper Fort Garry was the home of the administration of the Hudson's Bay Company.

Written by: Jean LaPrairie

Illustrated by: Sheldon Dawson

Price: $7.95

44 pages - paperback

ISBN#

  • 978-0-9881036-5-8 English version
  • 978-0-9881036-4-1 French version