I just found your blogspot and I can't wait to get started on your lessons.
I agree that there are not enough living books about Canadian history. Let's keep in contact about the treasures we find.
** With Pipe Paddle and Song (Elizabeth Yates)
~ coureur de bois
** Madeleine Takes Command (Ethel C Brill)
~ We loved the audio CD for this.
~ French vs Iroquois
** Evangeline and the Acadians (Robert Tallant)
I find most of my Canadiana at library book sales, books being taken out of local public schools, and local history sold at museums. It truly is a treasure hunt for me:)
PS Where in Canada do you live?
Hi Jane! With legumes, mostly I just cook a bunch of them in my 6 qt. crockpot, then freeze them in 3 cup containers (enough for a meal for my family). When they are frozen, I pop the blocks out and store them in ziploc (well, Superstore no name brand) bags in the freezer. Then I just take a block out for a meal. I put them in chili, in homemade tortillas, I flavour them with whatever and serve them on rice or noodles or with bread, with veggies. Flavourings: bacon bits, bits of cooked sausage or cooked hamburger, garlic, cooked onion, pepper flakes, cumin, anything that I sniff and decide would smell good in beans! Homemade BBQ sauce (mustard, ketchup, garlic, soya sauce). I make soup out of them, just adding water and whatever veggies I have on hand, then freeze the soup, too. I don't really have recipes anymore, I just think in terms of a protein serving, a grain serving, and two veggie servings for each person. Hope you are doing well!
I don't have an exhaustive list on hand, but will give you some off the top of my head and then see what I have later if you'd like more. These won't be in chronological order.
Louis Riel & Gabriel Dumont (plus, if you have time, the Canadian fur trade is cool)
James Douglas, first governor of BC is interesting--married an Okanagan woman (I'm 99 percent sure she was Okanagan, and was the daughter of an Okanagan woman and a fur trader. Although she's called Metis by today's terminology, she was actually called Country Born because her father was a HBC fur trader, not a French trader--the term has gone from meaning the descendents of French-Canadian fur traders & first peoples to meaning any mixed dc from first peoples & people from other continents). One of the things he did was to invite the first black Americans from CA to BC.
Nellie McClung (feminist)
Reginald Aubrey Fessendon Homeschooled until the age of 9, he invented a number of things and was the first to send voice over the air (not Marconi, who sent a spark). There are no kids' books on him, but his wife wrote a biography you might be able to get through your library (out of print) and if you google him you'll find him, particularly in reference to his invention of the fathometer. His life story is quite interesting if you can get past his wife's old-fashioned writing style (she wasn't a great writer).
Frederick Banting discovered insulin if you have kids interested in science. I watched a show on him once (was it on PBS? CBC? I can't remember--it was years ago) which might be on DVD or video. Plus books, etc. What struck me was his desire to help children with diabetes.
Laura Secord might be interesting--haven't read much about her so far.
I just found a site http://famouscanadianwomen.com. I remember studying a woman in Canada who posed as a man to become a doctor--her secret wasn't found out until after she died, and she'd even borne a child, but darned if I can remember her name. It does include foreign born & raised women, too.
Susanna Moodie wrote a book Roughing it in the Bush
http://inventors.about.com/od/cstartinventions/a/Canadian.htm has a list of Canadian inventors (Canadians have taken out over a million patents) & 2 out of 3 of the recommended inventors at the bottom I've already mentioned (I'm googling as I go here to help jog my memory and was just reminded of Wilbur Rounding Franks who invented the antigravity suit & James Naismith who invented basketball, but I don't know how interesting their life stories are).
Norman Bethune I googled & googled to find him, because I couldn't remember his name http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Bethune He developed the first mobile blood transfusion unit, among other things. People today still dispute his motives for servng in Spain & China. His great grandfather was a fur trader for the NWC company, even though his great-great grandfather came from Scotland.
I'm not sure what you're looking for, but this is a start.