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

Slipperjack, R.
When Violet, a member of the Anishnabe nation, is fourteen she must leave her home and attend a residential school, where she struggles with being separated from her family, loneliness, bullying, and a cold, unfriendly environment. She is determined not to be assimilated nor lose the memories and knowledge of her language and culture. This engaging resource introduces students to the reality of life at residential schools and includes eight photos depicting life in the residential school and a Dominion of Canada Map from 1966 that indicates the locations of Residential Schools in Canada. Suitable as a class read-aloud, independent, or literature novel for grades 4-8.
Indigenous, ARC-BC, Novel
English Language Arts
  • 4-8