Dear Canada: These are My Words, The Residential School Diary of Violet Pasheens, Northern Ontario 1966, is the exciting addition to Scholastic Canada's Series, Dear Canada. Authored by Ojibwe scholar, professor, and writer Ruby Slipperjack, the 200-page fictional diary presents the perspective of an Ojibwe girl who is forced to attend a residential school in 1966. Violet has to leave her loving home living with her grandma and attend a foreign institution run by nuns who insist on only speaking English and attending chapel daily.
Wenjack by acclaimed author Joseph Boyden joins Gord Downie's Secret Path acknowledging the truth behind the tragic loss of a residential child in 1966. Chanie Wenjack's story is presented as a 112-page fictionalized novella told through the eyes of Chanie and the animals who watch his struggle to reach home by following the railroad tracks. The brief chapters are presented by simple sketches by artist Kent Monkman. These spiritual creatures are sucker fish, crow, hummingbird, owl, mouse skull, pike, spider, wood tick, beaver, snow goose, rabbit, and lynx.
Secret Path by Gord Downie is now available for purchase from GoodMinds.com. This oversize (30.5 x 0.8 x 30.5 cm; 12 x 12 inches) 48-page graphic novel contains the ten song album by Gord Downie with a graphic novel by illustrator Jeff Lemire that tells the story of Chanie “Charlie” Wenjack, a twelve-year-old boy who died in flight from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School fifty years ago.
7 Générations Volume 2 contains the French language edition of David Alexander Robertson's Ends/Begins vol 3 and The Pact vol 4 of the 7 Generations graphic novel series. This graphic novel follows one Plains Cree family from the early 19th century to the present day and tells a story of redemption as residential school survivor James and his son, Edwin reconcile their past and begin a new journey. Edwin is facing an uncertain future.
I Am Not a Number is the first children's picture book by Ojibwe educator Jenny Kay Dupuis from Nipissing First Nation in Ontario. Dupuis retells the story of her grandmother Irene Couchie Dupuis taken to residential school at the age of eight in 1928. The book opens with the distressing image of the Indian agent standing in the doorway demanding that the eldest three children of Mary Ann and Ernest Couchie attend Spanish Indian Residential School. Despite their pleading the family is forced to relinquish their children to the nuns or face fines and prison time.
Honorer la vérité, réconcilier pour l'avenir, Sommaire du rapport final de la Commission de vérité et réconciliation du Canada is the French translation of Final Report of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission Volume 1 Summary. Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future is a summary of the Commission’s six-volume final report. It identifies the residential schools as an instrument of cultural genocide and, as such, a part of the Canadian government’s broader colonialist policy towards Aboriginal peoples.
First Nations in the Twenty-First Century was just released (2016) in its second edition from the Themes in Canadian Sociology series by Oxford University Press. This edition offers students a clear and concise introduction to understanding First Nations in Canada. This 252-page book by James S.
Final Report of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission volume 1 Summary, Honouring the Truth Reconciling for the Future is publisher James Lorimer's edition of the TRC Final Report Summary. This volume includes the history of residential schools, the legacy of that school system, and the full text of the Commission's 94 recommendations for action to address that legacy. The history of residential schools in Canada has usually been overlooked in standard history texts for Canadian schools. This report brings some of facts to light during the 6-year Commission mandate.
Moving Forward: A Collection about Truth and Reconciliation supports the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's call to action in this 88-page anthology from McGraw-Hill Ryerson's iLit Series. This collection includes short stories, poems, essays, and art created by First Nations, Inuit, and Métis authors and artists on the topics of truth and reconciliation as they relate to residential schools. Each selection includes Before, During, and After questions and activities that support English Language Arts grades 10 to 12 curricula from across the country.
The Thomas Indian School and the "Irredeemable" Children of New York is an important history that significantly contributes to the history of settler colonial schooling by documenting a distinctively different kind of Indian School: non-federal, state run, horrifically committed to the idea of the ‘irredeemable’ Indian child. K. Tsianina Lomawaima