Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 11 to 14
- Grade: 6 to 9
- Reading age: 11 to 14
When Nellie Winters was 11 years old, she was sent to attend the Nain Boarding School, a residential school 400 kilometres from her home. In this memoir, she recalls life before residential school, her experiences at the school, and what it was like to come home.
Accompanied by the author’s original illustrations, this moving, often funny memoir sheds light on the experiences of Inuit residential school survivors in Labrador.
About the authors
Nellie Winters is an Elder from Okak Bay living in Makkovik, Nunatsiavut (Labrador). She is a respected artist whose work is commissioned and exhibited by galleries, museums, and private collections in Canada and around the world. She is widely respected as an Elder, knowledge holder, translator, author, and educator.
Erica Obendorfer is a cultural botanist who works with plant mentors in Makkovik, focusing on cultural plant knowledge and the plant ecology of cultural places. She lives in Goose Bay with her husband.