Jean, M.
Based on the life of Almanda, the Canadian Indigenous author’s great-grandmother, the novel takes readers on a journey through time, learning about her life from age fifteen, when she married her husband, to her death at age ninety-four. Almanda lived with her husband’s nomadic Innu family, and readers discover a unique and valuable perspective and historical context related to the lifestyle of the Innu people and the destruction of her people’s land during a time of settler and government control and residential schools. In a secondary classroom, the book is suitable for a novel study, particularly for First Peoples studies and could serve as an access point to research the historical accuracy and context of events.
Indigenous, Novel
English Language Arts
  • 9-12

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