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Book Launch

Moonshadow coming out soon:

Author’s Note

I was compelled to write this book shortly after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada had released its report, the media prolific with stories about Indian residential schools. I couldn’t get these heartbreaking tales of neglect, deprivation, and physical and emotional abuse out of my head.

As a teacher working in the regular school system—and a product of a white, middle-class upbringing—I had been living in a bubble with its perks and privileges. I needed to step outside of my world and share what I had learned; so, for three years I’ve been visiting Native cultural events and centres and reading everything I could get my hands on about Indigenous issues in Canada; some of these excellent resources are listed below. If Indigenous readers find mistakes in the story, I ask that they forgive me, for I still have much to learn.


Johnston, Basil. think Indian: languages are beyond price. Wiarton: Kegedonce Press, 2011.

Jordan-Fenton, Christy, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, and Amini-Holmes, illustrator. fatty legs. Toronto: Annick Press, 2010.

Joseph, Bob. 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality. Vancouver: Page Two Books, Inc., 2018.

King, Thomas. The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in America. Toronto: Anchor Canada, 2013.

Maracle, Lee. Will’s Garden. Pentiction: Theytus Books, 2002.

Miller, J.R. Residential Schools and Reconciliation: Canada Confronts Its History. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017.

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. A Knock On The Door: The Essential History of Residential Schools from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2016.

Robertson, David A., and Scott B. Henderson, illustrator. Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story. Winnipeg: HighWater Press, 2012.

Rogers, Shelagh, ed., Mike De Gagné, ed., and Jonathan Dewar, ed. Speaking My Truth: Reflections on Reconciliation and Residential School. Ottawa: Aboriginal Healing Foundation, 2012.

Rustige, Rona, and Jeri Maracle Van Der Vlag, illustrator. Tyendinaga Tales. Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press. 1988.

Sellars, Bev. They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2013.

Talaga, Tanya. Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City, House of Anansi Press, 2017.

The Holy Bible. “Ecclesiastes” (chapter 3, verses 1-8). Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Vowel, Chelsea. Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Issues in Canada. Winnipeg: Highwater Press, 2016.

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