Canada's Residential Schools: The History, Part 1, Origins to 1939 is the The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Volume 1, Part 1 from The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Published by McGill-Queen's University Press the complete report is released in 7 individual volumes. The history of residential schools volume 1 is divided into 2 parts. Part 1 of Volume 1 describes Canada’s residential school system in the historical context of European campaigns to colonize and convert Indigenous people throughout the world.
Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story by David Alexander Robertson and Scott B. Henderson is Portage and Main's revised edition of The Life of Helen Betty Osborne: A Graphic Novel. Helen Betty Osborne (1952-1971), known as Betty to her closest friends and family, dreamed of becoming a teacher. She left her home to attend residential school and high school in a small town in Manitoba. On November 13, 1971, Betty was abducted and brutally murdered by four young men. Initially met with silence and indifference, her tragic murder resonates loudly today.
Three Feathers: A Graphic Novel by Richard Van Camp explores the power and grace of restorative justice in one Northern community and the cultural legacy that can empower future generations. Three young men, Flinch, Bryce, and Rupert, have vandalized their community and are sent by its Elders to live nine months on the land as part of the circle sentencing process. There, the young men learn to take responsibility for their actions and acquire the humility required to return home. But, when they do return, will they be forgiven for what they've done?
This Land Is My Land is the award-winning book written and illustrated by Plains Cree artist George Littlechild. This internationally known artist combines compelling text with a series of powerful images he created to explain the importance of his family's history. His goal is to heighten awareness of the history and experiences of the Plains Cree in Canada. By focusing on his personal family history, the artist succeeds in expressing the pain and joy of his healing journey. In this book the reader begins to understand the struggle of First Nations and the beauty of their cultures.
Shannen and the Dream for a School is one of the titles in the Kids Power Series from Second Story Press. The author Janet Wilson has taken the real-life story of Shannen Koostachin, her friends and family of Attawapiskat and created a fictionalized account in a chapter book format. Shannen was a student attending JR Nakogee Elementary when her and other community students began a campaign to have a new school built. The school had been contaminated by a fuel spill in 1979, and now students were forced to endure moldy and drafty portables during the school day. At thirteen Shannen and h
L'Arbre Sacré is the French 2013 translation of The Sacred Tree. Originally published by Four Worlds Development Project in 1984, this book was intended as a resource for Aboriginal communities involved in healing programs. The Sacred Tree remains a valuable book that provides an introduction to First Nations spirituality, identity, self-discovery, cultural and traditional values, and symbolism. The book can be used to assist students to understand themselves, their community, and the world around them.
Etrangere chez moi is the French language edition of A Stranger at Home: A True Story. This book is the sequel to the novel Les Bas du pensionnat (Fatty Legs) by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton. This 124-illustrated chapter book joins Margaret upon her return to her family from spending two years at residential school. Margaret is full of anticipation and joy but suddenly comes to grips with the fact that her mother no longer recognizes her ten-year old daughter with short hair and looking taller and thinner.
Les Bas du pensionnat is the French language edition of Fatty Legs: A True Story. Les Bas du pensionnat recounts the life of an eight-year-old Banks Island Inuvialuit girl who attended Residential School. Olemaun Pokiak, later called Margaret, tells her story in this memoir. In the introduction she explains the book's title, Les Bas du pensionnat or Fatty Legs, is the result of her destruction of the dreaded red-coloured stockings a nun forced her to wear at residential school.
Homophobia: Deal With It and Turn Prejudice into Pride is one of the titles in the Deal With It Series created to assist adolescents with everyday conflicts in their lives and promotes peaceful resolution. This title examines how students can effectively deal with homophobia. The book covers how to take action against homophobic behaviours whether the student is the homophobe, the target, or the witness.
Something To Hold is a junior level novel written by first-time author Katherine Schlick Noe about her experiences growing up on the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon where her father is the forester in charge of managing fires. Eleven-year-old Kitty lives with her parents and siblings in the government housing and attends the reservation day school. Feeling apprehensive about starting a new school in a new location, Kitty begins by trying to make friends with the Paiute and Wasco students. Her brothers quickly make friends as they join the local noon-time and after school baseball games.