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Title
Dear Canada : These are my words
Alternate Title
the residential school diary of Violet Pesheens: Northern Ontario, 1966
Series
Dear Canada
Author
Lawson, Julie
Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired (PRCVI)
Publisher
Scholastic
Publication Date
2016
ISBN
9781443133180
Collation
1 volume
Format
Large Print
Grade Level
05
06
07
08
Abstract
Twelve-year-old Violet Pesheens is taken away to Residential School in 1966. The diary recounts her experiences of travelling there, the first day, and first months, focusing on the everyday life she experiences--the school routine, battles with Cree girls, being quarantined over Christmas, getting home at Easter and reuniting with her family. When the time comes to gather at the train station for the trip back to the residential school, her mother looks her in the eye and asks, "Do you want to go back, or come with us to the trapline?" Violet knows the choice she must make.
Subject
Native children - Canada - Fiction
Native Americans - Residential schools - Fiction
First Nations - Residential schools - Fiction
Diaries - Fiction
Historical fiction