The Trading Tree tells the story of a very old sugar maple standing on the shore of Lake Simcoe from the days when Indigenous and early settler families traded goods and stories, to a recent project of Indigenous and non-indigenous children building a series of rain gardens to honour the tree’s history.
The book was written by Nancy Cooper, a band member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, illustrated by Heather Charles, a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation and translated by Myrtle Jamieson (Waaseyaankwot Kwe). Photographs for the book were taken by local photographer and designer Milena Vujanovic.
It’s the latest children’s book released by Prince’s Trust Canada, a national charity established by HRH The Prince of Wales. It was produced in partnership with ClearWater Farm, a project of the Ontario Water Centre.