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Books About the Residential School System

Listen and learn about the history and ongoing impact of Residential Schools with this selection of books suitable for K–12.

by 49th Teachers · Tagged Social Justice, Diversity & Inclusion, Indigenous

When We Were Alone

by (author) David A. Robertson
illustrated by Julie Flett

Ispík kákí péyakoyak/When We Were Alone

by (author) David A. Robertson
illustrated by Julie Flett
translated by Alderick Leask

Gaawin Gindaaswin Ndaawsii / I Am Not a Number

by (author) Jenny Kay Dupuis & Kathy Kacer
illustrated by Gillian Newland
translated by Muriel Sawyer & Geraldine McLeod

I Am Not a Number

by (author) Jenny Kay Dupuis & Kathy Kacer
illustrated by Gillian Newland

Sugar Falls

A Residential School Story

by (author) David A. Robertson
illustrated by Scott B. Henderson & Donovan Yaciuk
foreword by Murray Sinclair
afterword by Betty Ross

Shin-chi's Canoe

by (author) Nicola Campbell
illustrated by Kim LaFave

Shi-shi-etko

by (author) Nicola Campbell
illustrated by Kim LaFave

Stolen Words

by (author) Melanie Florence
illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

kimotinâniwiw itwêwina / Stolen Words

by (author) Melanie Florence
illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard
translated by Dolores Sand & Gayle Weenie

A Stranger at Home

A True Story

by (author) Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

Good for Nothing

by (author) Michel Noel

I Lost My Talk

by (author) Rita Joe
illustrated by Pauline Young

I'm Finding My Talk

by (author) Rebecca Thomas
illustrated by Pauline Young

The Train

by (author) Jodie Callaghan
illustrated by Georgia Lesley

Not My Girl

by (author) Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

Fatty Legs (10th anniversary edition)

by (author) Margaret-Olemaun Pokiak-Fenton & Christy Jordan-Fenton
illustrated by Liz Amini-Holmes
foreword by Debbie Reese

As Long as the Rivers Flow

by (author) Larry Loyie & Constance Brissenden
illustrated by Heather Holmlund

Reflections from Them Days (English)

A Residential School Memoir from Nunatsiavut

illustrated by Nellie Winters
edited by Erica Oberndorfer

On the Side of the Angels (English)

by (author) Jose Amaujaq Kusugak
illustrated by Hwei Lim

Making a Whole Person (English)

Traditional Inuit Education

by (author) Monica Ittusardjuat
illustrated by Yong Ling Kang

Making a Whole Person (Inuktitut)

by (author) Monica Ittusardjuat
illustrated by Yong Ling Kang

Spirit Bear: Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams

Based on a True Story

by (author) Cindy Blackstock
illustrated by Amanda Strong

The Orange Shirt Story

The True Story of Orange Shirt Day

by (author) Phyllis Webstad
illustrated by Jessika Von I
edited by Emma Bullen

Phyllis's Orange Shirt

by (author) Phyllis Webstad
summary by Brock Nicol
edited by Allison Parker

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