for The Delta Is My Home by Tom McLeod, Mindy Willett, and Tessa MacIntosh
Canadian Information Book Award Finalist 2009
First Nations Communities Read selection, 2009
Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2009
Silver Birch Express nominee, 2010
Tom McLeod is an eleven-year-old boy from Aklavik who is a gifted storyteller heard frequently on CBC Radio North. He is of mixed cultural heritage-Gwich'in and Inuvialuit.
Tom tells us why his home in the Mackenzie Delta is a special place and why he loves to live on the land. He describes how his town floods in the spring and why he loves "ratting" (trapping muskrats) and hunting "black ducks" (white-winged and surf scoters) in the Delta.
Readers will learn why these ducks are decreasing in number and how and why they are important to Tom and his people. Tom says, Northerners have always hunted animals for survival. We are careful about how we use the land. To be good hunters we need to pay attention to what is happening on the land around us-that's why it's important for us to be out there. We are the first to know if the land and animals are changing.