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National day for truth and reconciliation - our recommended books

Updated: Oct 14

On September 30, 2021, Canadians will commemorate their first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. For many of us, the past few months have been the first time where the tragedies that occurred in residential schools across the country were brought to our attention. The question of what reconciliation and our responsibilities look like has become even more important. We hope that the stories of survivors and Indigenous communities we've gathered here serve as a starting point for your efforts to understand the experiences of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. You can view the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action here. You can learn more about the rich histories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples on the Government of Canada's Begin Your Learning Journey website.


Adults:

21 Things You May Not Know about the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality by Robert P. Joseph



The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir by Joseph Auguste Merasty & David Carpenter



Five Little Indians by Michelle Good



From Bear Rock Mountain: The Life and Times of a Dene

Residential School Survivor by Antoine Mountain



In This Together by Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail



Picking Up the Pieces: Residential School Memories and the Making of the Witness Blanket by Carey Newman and Kristie Hudson (eBook). Print copy on order.



The Reason You Walk by Wab Kinew



Wenjak by Joseph Boyden



Teens


As Long as the Rivers Flow by James Bartleman







Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese







The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline







Secret Path by Jeff Lemire and Gord Downie







Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story by David Robertson, Scott B. Henderson, & Donovan Yaciuk






younger kids -picture books


Amik Loves School: A Story of Wisdom by Katherena Vermette






I Lost My Talk by Rita Joe








I'm Finding My Talk by Rebecca Thomas







You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith






Older Kids: Chapter Books & Informational Books


As Long as the Rivers Flow by Larry Loyie






Orange Shirt Day by Phyllis Webstad







A Stranger at Home by Jordan-Fenton Christy (eBook). Print copy on order.







Speaking Our Truth by Monique Gray Smith







These Are My Words: The Residential School Diary of Violet Presheens by Ruby Slipperjack







Truth and Reconciliation Indigenous Life in Canada Past, Present, and Future by Simon Rose






See also our Curated Picture Books about Residential Schools

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