Recommended Reading

November 15, 2016

Operating at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation in Winnipeg, Project of Heart seeks to examine the history of Indian residential schools in Canada, leading to the acknowledgment of the extent of loss to former students, their families and communities.

According to its website, there are a growing number of books, websites and articles that document the history and legacy of residential schools. The following books are among the project’s recommendations.

For more information, visit projectofheart.ca.

AGES 4 to 8

Shi-shi-etko
By Nicola Campbell; illustrated by Kim Lafave

Shin-chi’s Canoe
By Nicola Campbell; illustrated by Kim Lafave

Kookum’s Red Shoes
By Peter Eyvindson; illustrated by Keiron Flamand

Arctic Stories
By Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak; illustrated by Vladyana Langer Krykorka

Beaver and Porcupine
By David Bouchard with illustrations by Nidhi Chanani

That’s Awesome!
By Robert Cutting

Our Reserve
By Robert Cutting

AGES 9 to 12

We Feel Good Out Here
By Julie-Ann André and Mindy Willett

A Stranger at Home
By Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

Fatty Legs
By Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

As Long as the Rivers Flow
By Larry Loyie; illustrations by Constance Brissenden

No Time to Say Goodbye: Children’s Stories of Kuper Island Residential School
By Sylvia Olsen with Rita Morris and Ann Sam

My Name is Seepeetza
By Shirley Sterling

AGES 12 to 14

Stolen from Our Embrace: The Abduction of First Nations Children and the Restoration of Aboriginal Communities
By David Neel, Suzanne Fournier and Ernie Crey

A is for Assimilation: The ABC’s of Canada’s Aboriginal People and Residential Schools
By Len Fortune

The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book
By Gord Hill

Pulling For Stz’uminus: The Pearl Harris Story
By Donna Klockars

Goodbye Buffalo Bay
By Larry Loyie with illustrations by Constance Brissenden

Where Mary Went
Lynne Sherry McLean

7 Generations: Ends/Begins
By David Robertson

7 Generations: Scars
By David Robertson

7 Generations: The Pact
By David Robertson

Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story
By David Robertson

Island Kids
By Tara Saracuse

A Broken Flute: The Native Experience in Books for Children
By Doris Seale and Beverly Slapin