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Her Courage Rises

50 Trailblazing Women of British Columbia and Yukon

by Haley Healey, illustrated by Kimiko Fraser
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: girls & women, canada

A beautifully illustrated collection of inspiring life stories of fifty extraordinary historical women from BC and Yukon.

This fascinating, informative, and charming book introduces young readers to a diverse group of women who changed the face of history in unexpected ways and defied the expectations and gender norms of their times. Through charmin …

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Righting Canada's Wrongs: The LGBT Purge and the fight for equal rights in Canada

by Ken Setterington
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: prejudice & racism, politics & government, canada, lgbt, civil & human rights

From the 1950s to 1980s, the Canadian government persecuted LGBTQ2+ employees and tried to erase them from the military, the RCMP and the civil service under the guise that they were a “security risk,” an event that became known as the LGBT Purge. Those who were suspected of being homosexual were put under government surveillance, interrogated …

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Redresser les Torts du Canada: Africville

Une communauté afro-néo-écossaise est démolie — et se défend

by Gloria Ann Wesley, translated by Jean-François Cyr
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: prejudice & racism, politics & government, canada, civil & human rights

Beginning in the 1700s, Black men and women settled in various parts of Nova Scotia. By the 1800s, a small Black community had developed just north of Halifax on the shores of the Bedford Basin. The community became known as Africville and grew to about 400 people. A school and a church were the community’s key institutions.

Africville’s residen …

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Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Inuit Relocations

Resilience and Reconciliation

by Frank James Tester & Krista Ulujuk Zawadski
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: prejudice & racism, canada, politics & government, aboriginal & indigenous, general (see also headings under family)

In a highly visible and appealing format for young readers, this book explores the forced Inuit relocations in the Canadian Arctic between the 1950s and 1990s. Government decisions were often based on misinformation and racist attitudes, and their ill-considered decisions changed Inuit lives forever. This book includes Inuit responses, resilience a …

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Righting Canada's Wrongs: The Sixties Scoop and the Stolen Lives of Indigenous Children

by Andrew Bomberry & Jane Hubbard
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: prejudice & racism, canada, aboriginal & indigenous, politics & government, general (see also headings under family)

This book for students examines a child welfare policy in Canada that began in 1951 in which Indigenous children were taken from their homes and put into the care of non-Indigenous families. These children grew up without their birth families, cultural roots and language. Many tried to run away and some died in the attempt. The taking of the childr …

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Escape from the Wildfire

by Dorothy Bentley
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 11 to 18
  • Grade: 6 to 12
tagged: survival stories, canada

Escape from the Wildfire offers a fictional account based on the real-life facts of the disastrous wildfire of 2021 that destroyed the town of Lytton after days of scorching heat. Dorothy Bentley’s own experiences of living through a wildfire led her to research the experience of Lytton residents so she could write the story of a resilient teen s …

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Creeboy

by Teresa Wouters
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, general (see also headings under family), general (see also headings under social themes), general (see also headings under social topics), canada

Sixteen-year-old Josh is no stranger to gang life. His dad, the leader of the Warriors, a gang on their reserve, is in jail, and Josh’s older brother has taken charge.

Josh’s mom has made it clear the Warriors and their violence aren’t welcome in her home — Josh’s dad and brother included. She wants Josh to focus on graduating high school. …

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Righting Canada's Wrongs Resource Guide

contributions by Lindsay Gibson; Ilan Danjoux; Roland Case & Pamela Hickman
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: social science, emigration & immigration, prejudice & racism, civil & human rights, canada

The Righting Canada’s Wrongs series is devoted to the exploration of racist and discriminatory government policies and actions against various groups through our history, the fight for acknowledgement and justice and the eventual apologies and restitution of subsequent governments. The award-winning books in this series make a valuable addition t …

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