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Gaawin Gindaaswin Ndaawsii / I Am Not a Number

by Jenny Kay Dupuis; Kathy Kacer, illustrated by Gillian Newland, translated by Muriel Sawyer & Geraldine McLeod

tagged: native canadian, prejudice & racism, post-confederation (1867-), native american
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The dual language edition, in Nishnaabemwin (Ojibwe) Nbisiing dialect and English, of the award-winning I Am Not a Number. When eight-year-old Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school she is confused, frightened, and terribly homesick. She tries to remember who she is and where she came from, despite the efforts of the nuns who are in charge at the school and who tell her that she is not to use her own name but instead use the number they have assigned to her. When she goes home for summer holidays, Irene's parents decide never to send her and her brothers away again. But where will they hide? And what will happen when her parents disobey the law? Based on the life of co-author Jenny Kay Dupuis’ grandmother, I Am Not a Number is a hugely necessary book that brings a terrible part of Canada’s history to light in a way that children can learn from and relate to.

About the Authors

Jenny Kay Dupuis

D'origine Ojibway/Anishinaabe, Jenny Kay Dupuis est fière d'être membre de la Première Nation de Nipissing. La volonté de Jenny de faire connaître les enjeux autochtones, ainsi que son intérêt pour l'histoire de sa famille, l'ont poussée à écrire le récit des expériences de sa grand-mère, Irene Couchie. Jenny vit à Toronto, où elle travaille à améliorer l'éducation du peuple autochtone.

Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis is an Anishinaabe/Ojibway who is a proud member of Nipissing First Nation. She is an educator, researcher, artist, and speaker who works full-time supporting the advancement of Indigenous education. Jenny's interest in her family's past and her commitment to teaching Indigenous issues through literature drew her to co-write Je ne suis pas un numéro, her first children's book. She lives in Toronto.

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Kathy Kacer is the author of more than twenty books for young readers. A winner of the Silver Birch, Red Maple, and Jewish Book Awards in Canada and the U.S., Kathy has written unforgettable stories inspired by real events. Her books have been translated around the world.

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Gillian Newland has illustrated a variety of publications, ranging from magazines to children's books. She finds most of her inspiration outside her studio. She can often be found sketching her fellow customers at Starbucks or the animals at the zoo. Gillian lives in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit www.gilliannewland.com
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Gillian Newland has illustrated a variety of publications, ranging from magazines to children's books. She finds most of her inspiration outside her studio. She can often be found sketching her fellow customers at Starbucks or the animals at the zoo. Gillian lives in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit www.gilliannewland.com
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Gillian Newland has illustrated a variety of publications, ranging from magazines to children's books. She finds most of her inspiration outside her studio. She can often be found sketching her fellow customers at Starbucks or the animals at the zoo. Gillian lives in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit www.gilliannewland.com
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Awards
  • Winner, Hackmatack Award
  • Short-listed, Silver Birch Express Award
  • Winner, Red Cedar Award for Information Book
  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids & Teens - Spring 2017
  • Commended, CCBC Choices - Best Books of the Year
  • Winner, Diamond Willow Award
  • Short-listed, Information Book Award
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Short-listed, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
  • Commended, American Indians in Children's Literature Best Books of the Year
  • Commended, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Notable Children's Books
  • Commended, CBC Books' Best Books of the Year
  • Commended, Ontario Library Association's Best Bets - Junior Nonfiction