Teachers

Teachers

Need a resource for your Indigenous Education component of the curriculum?

The Mystery on Dog Island trilogy is a timely supplement.

It comes with a Teacher’s Guide.

Mystery on Dog Island

Return to Dog Island

North of Dog Island

 

Author – Aaron A. Lehman

Visit me at the Slave Lake Farmers’ Market Aug.24

or All Seasons Market Aug. 25

or contact me – aaronwl@telus.net

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A Great Christmas gift idea for a reader or someone you want to get reading.

The Mystery on Dog Island series, by Aaron A. Lehman will make a great Christmas gift for a teen or older reader. In the series, Raymond, an Aboriginal boy grows from a fourteen year old to a young family man. Learn history and Aboriginal culture through Raymond’s adventures solving the mystery on Dog Island. The three books are, Mystery on Dog Island, Return to Dog Island and North of Dog Island. The setting of Dog Island in Lesser Slave lake, Alberta is real, but the story is fiction. Each book is $15, or you can get the set for $40. Check out Aaron’s other books: Friends of the Fencerow, A Book of Stories for Children and Others, Stories of Science with Dudley Dummkopf, Memories and Stories, Opie the Octopus, Haiku volume one and two, and Canada Song.

Order the books from me at email:   aaronwl @ telus.net.

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Canada Song

Canada Song

Aaron A. Lehman

July 1, 2017

 

From peaks of the mountains to Newfoundland’s shore

The spirit of the river flows over the land

Bringing fresh water for body and soul

The spirit of the river flows over the land

 

From across this land farmers harvest in kind

Through flooding and drought, good harvest or bad

Food for family and some for the world

The spirit of the river flows over the land

 

From mixed wood of forests, to oil fields beyond

Canadians working through boom times or bust

Products for all and some for export

The spirit of the river flows over the land

 

From city to city with condos and malls

Meeting needs of the people, their families and friends

With time for the artists and all the sports fans

The spirit of the river flows over the land

 

 

From time before settlers, First Nations are strong

Keeping their culture when no one else cared

A history and pride for all to see

The spirit of the river flows over the land

 

 

From mountain parks to ocean sand

Scenery and fun for all to enjoy

Friendly people enriching the world

The spirit of the river flows over the land

 

 

Chorus:

Come join us and celebrate these lands

First nations and settlers should join our hands

We will make a proud nation

Strong and free, Oh Canada

Devonshire Beach Dynamics

Devonshire Beach

Information, June 20, 2017

Thanks for your interest in the Devonshire Beach issue. We came to Slave Lake in 1968 and the beach issue has made the rounds of discussion many times since then. Originally the farmers along the lake wanted the lake level low. On the other hand, the industry along the river and the watersport people wanted it high. To control the major fluctuations, the government put in the weir, did dredging, and connected some of the bends in the river. Since the control is not perfect, the natural fluctuations in the lake still cause problems. When the lake is low, there is a wide strip of sandy beach. When the water is high the narrow beach is close to the trees. On some extreme years, it washes out any structures along the beach such as the wheelchair ramp. In the early years there were rows of willows along the beach with beautiful sand between. Some people used this area for sunbathing, and even as a change room. Then the high water came and ripped out some of the rows. And so it goes.

Some people want to rip out all of the willows and till the beach. Others want it left as is. It seems that the current situation is a reasonable compromise. Some area is cleared for sports events and the rest left natural. Cleaning the beach of the garbage left by people and their dogs would be a commendable activity, but be careful of major disruption of the natural processes at work on the beach.

Before you make any decision, you need to research the physical and ecological principles governing what happens on the beach. This information is available, but I will give a summary. Slave Lake is a rather shallow lake and susceptible to some major disturbances and storms. The currents and the storms bring new sand and drift wood debris onto the beach. The strong winds then dry out the sand and the energy of the wind starts moving the sand inland. Wind energy is substantial and will carry large amounts of sand with it. If there is no obstruction to this energy, the fine, light sand will be carried the farthest and end up in the trees and on the road. Sometime there are sand drifts on the road, just like snow drifts. The coarser, heavier sand and gravel will be left closest to the water. The natural ecosystem, with its driftwood, grass, herbs and shrubs disrupt the energy of the wind and the sand will drop. Just look behind a clump of grass or a small shrub and you’ll see a pile of fine sand. Clear everything off, and you’ll end up with fine sand in the trees and on the road and the gravel on the beach. An example of this is by the first set of stairs to the beach. Some clearing had taken place here at one time. There were fire rings and walkways. They are now all covered in fine sand and the coarser sand is close to the water. At one point they put snow fence on the beach to prevent all of the sand from traveling into the trees. I don’t know about you, but I prefer a few willows to snow fence.

I did a sand dune research at Marten beach from 1999-2009. I have the data and accompanying pictures. I realize it is a different beach, but similar enough to give a good idea of what happened on Devonshire Beach over that time period. I can make this available if you are interested.

Aaron A. Lehman

Confirmation

Hi Aaron
I got both of your latest books (Friends of the Fencerow and A Book of Stories) yesterday and have finished reading them. They are excellent. I especially thought “Silo Boy,” in A book of Stories, was well done. Not that I think murder is a good thing but you dealt with a topic that is largely taboo in our society, that of domestic violence to both women and children. I admire you for tackling this topic. Plus, the story itself was excellent in that it had suspense, mixed with social justice. It was my favorite piece, although I liked all of them.

From Diane Tchir

A Year (4) in Review

A Year in Review
April 20, 2012
Aaron A. Lehman
A year in review
Gives mixed emotions
From fire to flood
We remember the tears

A year in review
Can’t fathom the loss
Aspirations and dreams were
Lost in a moment

Come help us remember
The terrible loss
Come celebrate
The gains we have made
Just come help us celebrate
A Year in Review
A year in review
Can trigger the sobbing
We’re trying to remember
The things that we lost

A year in review
Brings memories of heroes
Who sacrificed their homes
To save their neighbour’s

A year in review
Helps us remember
The actions of many
Saved lives of us all

A year in review
Remembers the best
From across the land
Help came for recovery

A year in review
Highlights the struggle
Some shouldered the task
Others buckled under the load

A year in review
Will help us recover
Some sense of direction
When facing the future

A year in review
Shows signs of renewal
For all of Slave Lakers
The future looks bright

Come help us remember
The terrible loss
Come help us celebrate
The gains we have made
Just come help us celebrate
A Year in Review