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Cher Journal : Les mots qu'il me reste

Violette Pesheens, pensionnaire à l'école résidentielle, Nord de l'Ontario, 1966

by Ruby Slipperjack

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list price: $18.99
edition:eBook
also available: Hardcover
published: 2017
ISBN:9781443165167
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Violette Pesheens a de la difficulté à s'adapter à sa nouvelle vie au pensionnat. Sa grand-mère lui manque et de sérieux affrontements éclatent entre des filles cries. De plus, tout le monde la dévisage dans cette école de blancs, et tout ce qu'elle a apporté lui a été confisqué, y compris son nom : elle n'est plus qu'un numéro.

Mais le pire c'est la peur qui la tient. La peur d'oublier tout ce qu'elle a toujours chéri; l'anishnabe, sa langue, le nom des personnes qu'elle connaissait et ses coutumes. Bref, la peur d'oublier qui elle est. Son journal est le seul endroit où elle peut exprimer ses véritables inquiétudes, ses déchirements et se souvenir du passé. Peut-être qu'écrire lui permettra de finalement voir la lumière au bout de ce tunnel infernal.

Basée sur son expérience dans un pensionnat, Ruby Slipperjack a créé une héroïne brave et touchante, Violette. Les jeunes lecteurs feront une incursion importante dans ce sombre chapitre de l'histoire de notre nation.

 

Violette Pesheen is struggling to adjust to her new life at Residential School. She misses her Grandma; she has run-ins with Cree girls; at her "white" school, everyone just stares; and everything she brought has been taken from her, including her name-she is now just a number. But worst of all, she has a fear. A fear of forgetting the things she treasures most: her Anishnabe language; the names of those she knew before; and her traditional customs. A fear of forgetting who she was.

Her notebook is the one place she can record all of her worries, and heartbreaks, and memories. And maybe, just maybe there will be hope at the end of the tunnel.

Drawing from her own experiences at Residential School, Ruby Slipperjack creates a brave, yet heartbreaking heroine in Violette, and lets young readers glimpse into an all-too important chapter in our nation's history.

Original title: Dear Canada: These Are My Words

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Contributor notes

Ruby Slipperjack est née à Whitewater Lake, en Ontario. Sa famille lui a appris des histoires traditionnelles et de l'artisanat. Dans les années 1960, elle a fréquenté un pensionnat dans le nord de l'Ontario pendant presque un an, et plus tard, une école secondaire à Thunder Bay. Elle a écrit cinq romans pour jeunes adultes, dont Dog Tracks, Little Voice, Silent Words, Weesquachak et Honour the Sun. De plus, elle a contribué à deux récits sur les autochtones qui se retrouvent dans les recueils Cher Journal suivants : Le temps des réjouissances et Terre d'accueil, terre d'espoir. Ruby habite à Thunder Bay, en Ontario.

 

Ruby Slipperjack was born in Whitewater Lake, Ontario. She learned traditional stories and crafts from her family. In the 1960s she attended a Residential School in northern Ontario for most of a year, and later, high school in Thunder Bay. She has written 5 novels for middle grade and teen readers: Dog Tracks, Little Voice, Silent Words, Weesquachak, and Honour the Sun, and indigenous story contributions to the Dear Canada anthologies Hoping for Home: Stories of Arrival and A Time for Giving. Ruby lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

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Editorial Review

« Slipperjack nous dresse un portrait de la vie traditionnelle et non-traditionnelle en y ajoutant des faits historiques et des éléments culturels, le tout formant une histoire de passage à l'âge adulte. 7; (Dog Tracks)
~ CM: Canadian Review of Materials

 

"Slipperjack carefully paints a portrait of traditional and non-traditional life incorporating history and culture into a coming of age story." (Dog Tracks)
~ CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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Ruby Slipperjack

Ruby Slipperjack was born and raised at her father’s trapline at Whitewater Lake in northwestern Ontario. She is a member of the Eabametoong First Nation and speaks fluent Ojibway. She uses her maiden name “Slipperjack” when she writes, in honour of her parents and ancestors for the cultural knowledge and teachings that inform her writing. Ruby is the mother of three daughters and currently lives in Thunder Bay with her husband and their two shelties. She is an accomplished artist and a certified hunter. Ruby works at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and is known to her students as Dr. Ruby Farrell, Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Indigenous Learning. Ruby’s other books include Honour the Sun and Silent Words.
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