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Children's Fiction Native Canadian

Poppa and His Drum

by (author) Judith M. Doucette

illustrated by Rebecca Reid

Flanker Press
Initial publish date
May 2023
Native Canadian
Recommended Age
5 to 12
Recommended Grade
k to 7
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price

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After moving from an all-French Indigenous community to the English community of St. George’s when he was a little boy, Poppa's life as a young man was very sad. He was treated badly by his schoolteachers and some other children in the town.
Years later, when his grandson wants to bring him into school to play his drum for the class, Poppa is nervous but goes anyway. He is relieved to see he is welcomed and even encouraged to share his knowledge of the traditions and customs of his Mi’kmaw culture.
Thankfully, times have changed from Poppa's generation, and he is pleased to have reconciled with the bad experiences he had when he went to school. Indeed, there is strength and wisdom in Reconciliation!?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

About the authors

Judith M. Doucette (Judy Falle) was born and raised in St. George’s, a little town on the west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. She graduated high school in 1980 and from a medical office administration program in 1995. In 2004, she began her employment with the Federation of Newfoundland Indians, and she is employed with the Qalipu First Nation Band as client intake officer with the Department of Education and Training in St. George’s. Judith is married and has two adult children, Tiffany and Travis, and a beautiful, vibrant granddaughter, Aria. Her first book, Amanda’s Baking Lesson, was published by Jesperson Press in 1986. In 1996, she wrote and self-published Evan ’Elps Senny Claws, a Newfoundland-dialect Christmas book. Judith M. Doucette is a proud member of the Qalipu First Nation Band and also sits on the St. George’s Indian Band Council.

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Rebecca Reid is a Mi’kmaw student currently living in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She was born and raised in Stephenville, Newfoundland, where she found a love for sports and art.She graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 2022, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics.She is currently studying Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where she hopes to become a medical doctor.

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