Gaawin Gindaaswin Ndaawsii / I Am Not a Number (English and Ojibwa Edition)

Book cover for I am not a Number by Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis & Kathy Kacer
Author

Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis

Kathy Kacer

Illustrator

Gillian Newland

Book Summary

A true and personal story of Canada’s residential school past.

When eight-year-old Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school she is confused, frightened, and terribly homesick. She tries to remember who she is and where she came from, despite the efforts of the nuns who are in charge at the school and who tell her that she is not to use her own name but instead use the number they have assigned to her. When she goes home for summer holidays, Irene’s parents decide never to send her and her brothers away again. But where will they hide? And what will happen when her parents disobey the law?

Based on the life of co-author Jenny Kay Dupuis’ grandmother, I Am Not a Number is a hugely necessary book that brings a terrible part of Canada’s history to light in a way that children can learn from and relate to.

Racism, Indigenous, Residential schools, First Nations, Canada, Turtle Island

Age Range
Ages 4 to 8 (grades K-3), Ages 9 to 12 (grades 4-7)
ISBN #
9781772600995
Publisher
Second Story Press
Book Category
Racism
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