This is the story of Larry Loyie’s last summer before entering residential school. It is a time of learning and adventure.
Goodbye Buffalo Bay is the sequel to As Long As the Rivers Flow. It explores Lawrence’s last year in residential school, he learns the power of friendship and finds the courage to stand up for his beliefs. He returns home to find the traditional First Nations life he loved is over. He feels like a …
In this memoir of her years at St. Joseph’s Mission, Sellars breaks her silence about the residential school’s lasting effects on her and her family—from substance abuse to suicide attempts—and eloquently articulates her own path to healing.
For Saul, an Ojibway man who was forcibly taken from the land and his family when he’s sent to residential school. He finds salvation for a while through his incredible gifts as a hockey player. But in the harsh realities of 1960s Canada, he battles the spirit-destroying effects of racism, cultural alienation and displacement.
Margaret can’t wait to see her family, but her homecoming is not what she expected. Based on the true story of Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, and complemented by evocative illustrations, Not My Girl makes the original, award-winning memoir, A Stranger at Home, accessible to younger children. It is also a sequel to the picture book When I …
Eight-year-old Margaret Pokiak has set her sights on learning to read, even though it means leaving her village in the high Arctic. Faced with unceasing pressure, her father finally agrees to let her make the five-day journey to attend school, but he warns Margaret of the terrors of residential schools.
Charlie Wenjack was 12-years-old when he ran away from Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Kenora. He had been gone a week when his body was discovered beside the railroad tracks near Redditt on Oct. 23, 1966. His parents weren’t told that he was missing.
Lucy and Lola are 11-year-old twins who are heading to Gabriola Island, BC, to spend the summer with their Kookum (grandmother) while their mother studies for the bar exam. During their time with Kookum, the girls begin to learn about her experiences in being sent — and having to send their mother — to Residential …
This poem is about Rita Joe losing her native language; it refers to the experiences she had in school while she was in foster care. Rita Joe was orphaned and put into foster care at a young age.
A strong-willed young Inuit girl receives permission from her father to travel to a residential religious school run by non-Inuit outsiders, where she struggles to adapt to the new way of living.