A string of trade beads, originally manufactured on the island of Murano near Venice, is passed from generation to generation, from Captain Cook at Nootka Sound to a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry hearing in Northern British Columbia. The beads have borne witness, over three centuries, to a family who unwillingly plays a central role in Canada's collective record of colonialism, unbridled racism and genocide -- and the rare acts of compassion and courage from settlers who saw injustice and risked everything to end it. Heavily inspired by real events and people, The Colour of Glass chronicles the relationship between Indigenous people and the fur traders, politicians, judges, police, priests and school staff who profited from assimilating and erasing Indigenous people and their cultures. It lays bare the costs of colonialism -- costs we pay to this day. This is a book of unfortunate truths. However, it also speaks to the hope that with truth will come understanding -- and, ultimately, reconciliation.
About the author
David Starr is a prize-winning author of five previous books. In The Nor’Wester, he told Duncan’s story of fleeing Scotland to Canada, where he joins Simon Fraser on his epic 1808 voyage by canoe down the Fraser. Bombs to Books chronicles the stories of refugee children and their families coming to B.C. Golden Goal and Golden Game are young adult soccer-themed books for reluctant readers. The Insider’s Guide to K–12 Education in B.C. is a resource guide for parents about the B.C. school system. David grew up in Fort St. James in northern British Columbia, and he now lives in Greater Vancouver with his wife, four children and a dog named Buster. He is one of the UBC Faculty of Education’s Top 100 Graduates and a school administrator in Metro Vancouver. For further information and readings availability, visit www.davidstarr.org.