Dear Canada: These Are My Words: The Residential School Diary of Violet Pesheens

Dear Canada coverThese Are My Words by Ruby Slipperjack

Violet Pesheens is struggling to adjust to her new life at Residential School. She misses her Grandma; she has run-ins with Cree girls; at her “white” school, everyone just stares; and everything she brought has been taken from her, including her name—she is now just a number. But worst of all, she has a fear. A fear of forgetting the things she treasures most: her Anishnabe language; the names of those she knew before; and her traditional customs. A fear of forgetting who she was.

Her notebook is the one place she can record all of her worries, and heartbreaks, and memories. And maybe, just maybe there will be hope at the end of the tunnel.

Drawing from her own experiences at Residential School, Ruby Slipperjack creates a brave, yet heartbreaking heroine in Violet, and lets young readers glimpse into an all-too important chapter in our nation’s history. (Scholastic)

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by Chrissie on Blank Product Name

It would’ve been five stars if it wasn’t so sad .I think that people should not be sent to residential schools just because of their culture I think we should learn their culture and live their culture .

by Celina:) on Blank Product Name

I like that it was a real event, but there just wasn't enough action for my taste.

I didn't really like this book because it was quite boring. There wasn't ever anything that was exciting going on.