SSDEC publishes What Would You Do With A Buffalo In Your Garden? in three local languages

FORT SMITH, NT – The South Slave Divisional Education Council is excited to announce the publication of its latest book, What Would You Do With A Buffalo In Your Garden? The book is available now in three dual-language versions.


Featuring a story by Paul W. Kaeser High School student Canan Olvera and illustrations by Hay River artists Micayla Gammon and Krista Gammon, What Would You Do With A Buffalo In Your Garden? is a humourous tale that follows the adventures of Kokum Nan after she discovers a buffalo in her garden. During the course of the story, Kokum Nan considers several methods for removing the buffalo before it can trample her herbs and vegetables. It was inspired by the story of a Fort Smith resident who one day found a buffalo in her garden.


The book is available as a dual-language book with text in English alongside Chipewyan (“T” Dialect) Dene Dedlıne Yatıe), South Slavey (Dene Yatıé), and Cree (nēhiyawēwin). The print book will also be reformatted as an ebook and made available on the SSDEC’s First Nations Storybook app, which is available for free on iTunes and Google Play.


“The SSDEC is proud to publish What Would You Do With A Buffalo In Your Garden? We encourage our students to be creative and imaginative, and this book is the culmination of a brilliant story from one of our high school students,” says Dr. Curtis Brown, Superintendent, South Slave Divisional Education Council.


What Would You Do With A Buffalo In Your Garden? is now available for sale from the South Slave Divisional Education Council regional office in Fort Smith, NT. Orders can be made by contacting Chris Talbot, Public Affairs Coordinator, by email at ctalbot@ssdec.nt.ca. The book is priced at $10 each plus shipping costs. Wholesale rates are available to book resellers.


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