The Residential School Experience Through the Eyes of Indigenous Children’s Authors

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  • Storytelling is a way that many Indigenous peoples pass on history, traditions, knowledge, and wisdom from one generation to another (Dumas, 2013). Indigenous authors use storytelling to share contemporary knowledge with young people as well. Nowhere is this more apparent than in how Indigenous peoples are telling the story of the residential schools in children’s literature. The purpose of this study is to identify children's books (PreK-12) authored by Indigenous peoples in Canada that include content related to the residential school experience, its legacy, and the way forward. Of the over 460 books identified, 152 met the inclusion criteria for the overall study. These were reviewed by one or more of the researchers, who identified and came to consensus on themes relevant to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action and the 10 Principles of Reconciliation. This poster presents selected themes and highlights examples from the subset of books relating specifically to the experience and legacy of residential schools.

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