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Authentic First Peoples Resources (K-9)

Location: BC | Nation/s: Interior Salish, Métis
Author, editor, or compiler:
Nicola I. Campbell, Interior Salish / Métis

Kim LeFave

Additional Contributors:

Groundwood Books
Reading Level: 2 – 3

Curriculum Areas
English Language Arts
Social Studies

Themes & Topics
family, wisdom, traditional knowledge, residential schools

Pub Year: 2005      Pages: 32
In just four days young Shi-shi-etko will have to leave her family and all that she knows to attend residential school. She spends her last days at home treasuring the beauty of her world — the dancing sunlight, the tall grass, each shiny rock, the tadpoles in the creek, her grandfather’s paddle song. Her mother, father and grandmother, each in turn, share valuable teachings that they want her to remember. And so Shi-shi-etko carefully gathers her memories for safekeeping. Richly hued illustrations complement this gently moving and poetic account of a child who finds solace all around her, even though she is on the verge of great loss.