The Giving Tree: A Retelling of a Traditional Metis Story

The Giving Tree: A Retelling of a Traditional Metis Story

by Leah Marie Dorion & Norman Fleury


Publisher's description (Gabriel Dumont Institute, 2009): This charming story, richly steeped in Métis culture, focuses on the boyhood reminisces of Moushoom as her describes finding the "great giving tree" with his mother and father. The story emphasizes the Métis core values and beliefs including strength, kindness, courage, tolerance, honesty, respect, love, sharing, caring, balance, patience, and most of all, the important connection with the creator and Mother Earth.

Resource format: Picturebook

Age recommendation: Kindergarten - Grade 9

Keywords: Métis, culture, identity, core values, Mitchif language, kinship, Métis traditional story

Year of publication: 2009

Publisher information: Gabriel Dumont Institute


Teaching and Learning Ideas

Our team collaborated with new teachers, alumni of the Werklund School of Education’s Bachelor of Education program, to create teaching and learning plans for texts in this website. With audiences ranging from Pre-Kindergarten to Post-Secondary, lesson plans across this resource address a wide range of school subject areas, inclusive approaches, and Indigenous education topics, such as the revitalization of Indigenous languages. As this website was designed with Undergraduate Programs in Education instructors, as well as teachers in mind, connections to UPE courses have been flagged on each lesson plan. These lessons are intended as a starting place for educators, to help you envision ways in which you might bring Indigenous literatures, as well as ways of knowing, being, and doing, into your teaching contexts. Please adapt, use, and share these lessons in ways that are generative for your teaching practice. We offer our sincere thanks to the dozens of new teachers who gifted us with these creative ideas!

The Giving Tree Grades K-2 Lesson

The Giving Tree Grades 4-6 Lesson

The Giving Tree Grades K-3 Teacher's Guide