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publisher: Second Story Press

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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pages: 32
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publisher: Second Story Press
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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

Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis is of Anishinaabe/Ojibway ancestry and 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 about Indigenous issues through literature drew her to co-write I am Not a Number, her first children’s book. She lives in Toronto.
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Kathy Kacer

Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis is of Anishinaabe/Ojibway ancestry and 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 about Indigenous issues through literature drew her to co-write I am Not a Number, her first children’s book. She lives in Toronto.
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Gillian Newland

Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis is of Anishinaabe/Ojibway ancestry and 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 about Indigenous issues through literature drew her to co-write I am Not a Number, her first children’s book. She lives in Toronto.
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Muriel Sawyer

Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis is of Anishinaabe/Ojibway ancestry and 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 about Indigenous issues through literature drew her to co-write I am Not a Number, her first children’s book. She lives in Toronto.
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Geraldine McLeod

Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis is of Anishinaabe/Ojibway ancestry and 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 about Indigenous issues through literature drew her to co-write I am Not a Number, her first children’s book. She lives in Toronto.
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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
7 to 11
Grade:
3 to 6
Awards
  • Long-listed, Native Voices in November: A Booklist for Students, Parents & Educators
  • Winner, Red Cedar Award for Information Book
  • Short-listed, Silver Birch Express Award
  • Winner, Hackmatack Award
  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Winner, Diamond Willow Award
  • Commended, CCBC Choices - Best Books of the Year
  • Short-listed, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids & Teens - Spring 2017
  • Short-listed, Information Book Award
  • Commended, CBC Books' Best Books of the Year
  • Commended, American Indians in Children's Literature Best Books of the Year
  • Commended, Ontario Library Association's Best Bets - Junior Nonfiction
  • Commended, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Notable Children's Books

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