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Books About the Residential School System

Created by 49th Teachers
  • Age: 3 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12
tagged: Social Justice, Diversity & Inclusion, Indigenous
Listen and learn about the history and ongoing impact of Residential Schools with this selection of books suitable for K–12.

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by Nicola Campbell, illustrated by Kim LaFave
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: native canadian, post-confederation (1867-), new experience

Winner of the Anskohk Aboriginal Children's Book of the Year Award. Finalist for the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and the Ruth Schwartz Award

In just four days young Shi-shi-etko will have to leave her family and all that she knows to attend residential school.

She spends her last days at home treasu …


Good for Nothing

by Michel Noel
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: general (see also headings under family), canada

Winner of the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction

The year is 1959, and fifteen-year-old Nipishish returns to his reserve in northern Quebec after being kicked out of residential school, where the principal tells him he's a good-for-nothing who, like all Indians, can look forward to a life of drunkenness, prison and despair.

The reserve, how …