Help Launch A Storybook App for Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow

Accompanied by a teacher’s guide and supplemented by the picture book and the archaeological study that preceded it, the digital text will be useful in classrooms for teaching Canadian history in new interactive ways. It will also be a lot of fun to play!

The picture book Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow was published in 2013 and received several honours after publication. Written by William Dumas and illustrated by Leonard Paul, the picture book tells the story of a week in the life of a 17th-century Rocky Cree girl as she travels to the Spring Gathering of her kinship group. The book is based on careful archaeological and historical research and grounded in the cultural knowledge and language of contemporary members of the Rocky Cree communities of northern Manitoba.
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Pages three and four from Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow

Now the Pīsim research team is creating an interactive digital text version of the story which will bring to life the cultural and historical contexts of Pīsim’s journey. Our goal is to invite young readers to immerse themselves in the Rocky Cree world as they travel with Pīsim and her family through their northern Manitoba territory, listen to the travelling songs that mark the people’s progress, experience the drama of an unexpected thunderstorm, and share Pīsim’s satisfaction as she is acknowledged as a young woman by her minisiwin and finds her miskanow — her life path.

Accompanied by a teacher’s guide and supplemented by the picture book and the archaeological study that preceded it, the digital text will be useful in classrooms for teaching Canadian history in new interactive ways. It will also be a lot of fun to play!


OUR NEED:

Our goal is to raise $20,000 for this project. Your contribution – big or small - will go a long way in helping us to achieve this goal.

Gifts at all levels are welcome, but...

  • If you make a gift of $10, we’ll send you a link to download the app when it’s finished.

  • If you make a gift of $25, we'll send you a link to the app AND you’ll be publicly acknowledged on our social media sites.

  • If you make a gift of $100, you’ll receive an invitation to the launch of the app AND a link to the app and a shout-out on social media.

  • If you make a gift of $250, your name will appear in the production credits of the app, AND you'll be invited to the launch, acknowledged on social media, and receive a link to the finished app.

Donors will not be identified on this project page. If you do not wish to be acknowledged through our social media channels, please contact d.nodrick@uwinnipeg.ca

All gifts are tax deductible.

If you prefer not to make a gift online, you can also send a cheque payable to:

The University of Winnipeg Foundation

*Note: Please be sure to mark your cheque as being for "Pīsim" and your gift will be counted towards this initiative!

Mail to:

The University of Winnipeg Foundation
901 - 491 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E4 Canada

Call toll-free: 1-866-394-6050

For more information on this project, please contact Mavis Reimer, Professor of English and Dean of Graduate Studies, at m.reimer@uwinnipeg.ca.

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RELATED LINKS:

Book inspired by discovery of remains, The Winnipeg Free Press

Award-winning book a look back into Northern Manitoba's past, Thompson Citizen

UWinnipeg Congratulates Pisim Finds Her Miskanow Collaborators, UW News Centre

Review of Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow in Canadian Review of Materials

Project History on Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures website

Teacher's Guide for Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow

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