I Am Not A Number

I Am Not A Number

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When eight-year-old Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school she is confused, frightened, and terribly homesick. She tries to remember who she is and where she came from, despite the efforts of the nuns who are in charge at the school and who tell her that she is not to use her own name but instead use the number they have assigned to her. When she goes home for summer holidays, Irene's parents decide never to send her and her brothers away again. But where will they hide? And what will happen when her parents disobey the law? Based on the life of co-author Jenny Kay Dupuis' grandmother, I Am Not a Number is a hugely necessary book that brings a terrible part of Canada's history to light in a way that children can learn from and relate to.
Publisher: Toronto : Second Story Press, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781927583944
Branch Call Number: J 305.897071 Dup
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly colour illustrations ; 29 cm


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I Am Not a Number

An account of the author's grandmother's experience at a residential school in Canada that does more in implying the probable fates of the other children at the schools than actually shows them outright. It's great as an introduction to residential schools in Canada and opens up conversation about it. (more)

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A tragic, but harrowing, story about one girl's experience in a residential school in Canada, as told by her granddaughter.

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AL_LESLEY Dec 10, 2017

On a recent trip through Canada we drove through many First Nations communities and learned about the shocking atrocities committed by the government and the churches in these residential schools where indigenous children were stolen from their families to be 'civilized' all the way until 1996.

This children's book is one individuals story.

Nov 02, 2017

This is a beautiful and moving book that i read to my 4 year old son. He was able to hold the attention throughout the entire time and asked me to read it again and again. I was able to use this story to tell him about the residential school system in Canada. Highly recommended.

DPLjosie Aug 11, 2017

An important book on the residential school program in Canada in which Native children were forcibly taken from their families to be raised in boarding schools. (The same process occurred in the United States with many of the same results.) The authors note says that the last residential school was closed in 1996; this history is still strongly with us today.

This will be an emotional book for a child, but the story is communicated in an accessible way.

Jun 11, 2017

A good introduction for children to the subject of Residential Schools. This is an emotional story for a child but told in a way that will give information, not fright.
I enjoyed this quick read.

Apr 25, 2017

The disturbing true story of an Ojibway/Anishinaabe girl forcibly removed to a conversion residential center run by the Canadian government and staffed by nuns, priests and teachers. The last residential school closed in 1996. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Indian_residential_school_system

AL_ALYX Dec 10, 2016

A title that portrays the history of Native Americans in a realistic and historically accurate way. Teachers could use this in classroom or great for an interesting parents/child interaction. This book is certainly for school-age children and a great history lesson.

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Jul 07, 2017

cutelion918 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over


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