I Lost My Talk

Canadian Mi’kmaq poet Rita Joe’s poem provides the text for this picture book that describes her experience as a young girl sent to a residential school. Despite the loss of her language and identity at the residential school, she triumphs over her experiences, regains her language and culture, and shares it with her grandchildren. Compelling illustrations accompany the simple, repetitive language. Deals with the timely issues of reconciliation and reconnecting with First Peoples principles. Useful to prompt discussions, journal writing, and critical thinking. Teacher review recommended as subject matter may be disturbing to young readers.
residential schools
First Peoples' history
Mi'kmaq history
Joe, R.
Primary Identifier
English Language Arts