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General News · 15th May 2019
Manda Aufochs Gillespie
As the people of Canada begin to turn into the legacy of Residential School, you may wonder how best to find your way into this topic or how best to introduce the topic to your children? Literature is one engaging way to being to address this difficult topic. In the book These Are My Words: The Residential School Diary of Violet Persheens author Ruby Slipperjack, an Ojibwa writer and painter and herself a residential school survivor, uses a diary format to tell of one young girl’s experience at residential school in 1966. Appropriate for readers approximately 9+ and compelling enough for adults, this is historical fiction at its best.

"Too many Canadians know little or nothing about the deep historical roots of these conflicts. This lack of knowledge has serious consequences for First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples and for Canada.” Truth and Reconciliation Commission Final Report

Cortes Literacy Now, Teen Szene, and the All-Island Book Club invite YOU to join in the reading of These Are My Words (copies are available to borrow from Linnaea’s Sun Lit room contact to arrange or get one at Folk U on any Friday) and invite you to discuss this book on Thursday May 16th at 3:30 p.m. in the Mushroom Room at Linnaea. Free.