Canadian Children's Books Through the Lens of Truth and Reconciliation

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  • Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) published 94 Calls to Action designed to continue the national work of reconciliation related to the legacy of Indigenous residential schools, including those in Canada's North. This process is difficult and complex. Because story
    telling is a traditional Indigenous way of communicating knowledge and wisdom, this study is designed to explore how TRC themes and concepts are being communicated through children's fiction (pre readers to young adult) by Canadian Indigenous authors. To identify these books, we used the Amazon Best Sellers in Children’s Native Canadian Story Books list sampled over a seven week period and supplemented with other sources such as academic library, public library and publisher lists. Books written by Canadian Indigenous authors were read and themes identified. More than 100 books met the inclusion criteria. Outcomes from this project include: a numerical analysis of the content of the Amazon Best Sellers in Children’s Native Canadian Story Books list, a chart of the books related to Indigenous residential school experiences in Canada, a list of all of the books meeting the inclusion criteria of this study and a discussion of the reconciliation themes that appear in the books.

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    Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International