But the young girl is more determined than ever to learn how to read. Why does she speak another language and spend so much time with her family?
A story about a difficult time in history and, ultimately, of empowerment and strength. Travelling to be reunited with her family in the Arctic, year-old Margaret Pokiak can hardly contain her excitement. Along the way, she discovers how important it is to remain true to the ways of her people—and to herself. In , Violet must go far away from home to attend residential school.
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She has run-ins with the other girls, she misses her grandma, and everything she brought has been taken from her, including her name — she is now just a number. But worst of all, she fears forgetting the things she treasures most: her Anishinaabe language and her traditional customs. She fears forgetting who she is. The reserve, however, offers nothing to Nipishish. He remembers little of his late mother and father.
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In fact, he seems to know less about himself than the people at the band office. When Father Gregory starts making unwanted advances, Jonny runs away with the only other boy at the school for the summer, and the two find themselves cast back to a native village in Jonny learns the secrets of his past and discovers the art of carving.
This unique national history co-authored by award-winning Cree writer Larry Loyie, a residential school survivor himself, reflects the ongoing commitment to express the truths about residential school experiences and to honour the survivors whose voices are shared in this book. Along with the voices, readers will be engaged by the evocative archival and contemporary photographs.
A must-have resource for schools and libraries.
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Facing the Wind had me tossing at night and racing to finish it by day. It is a rare combination of superb reporting and narrative skill. It is not a book that can be read and forgotten.
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Salamon is a fine reporter. In tackling the issue of personal heroism, Facing the Wind brings home the point that while certain of life's difficulties can be fought and conquered, others must simply be borne with digity. From what depths do humans draw the strength to do that?
What is their reward? A perturbing read that prods us to ponder guilt and innocence from new perspectives. A sensitive and fascinating account Her book is important not only for its lessons on the ravages of mental illness but for its ability to overturn our assumptions about evil, innocence, guilt and compassion.
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Well written and heavily researched, it clearly demonstrates Salamon's prowess and her journalistic roots. Readers will not easily forget this tale. And one day he took a baseball bat and killed his three children and his wife. Facing the Wind is a work of redemptive compassion and understanding.
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