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

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.
residential school
Residential School diary
Residential School children
Violet Pesheens
train of tears
Anishinabe woman
First Nations Residential Schools
First Nations history
Catholic Residential Schools
Slipperjack, R.
Primary Identifier
English Language Arts