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Righting Canada's Wrongs: Residential Schools

The Devastating Impact on Canada's Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Findings and Calls for Action

by Melanie Florence

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list price: $34.95
also available: Hardcover
published: 2015
imprint: Lorimer
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
13 to 18
8 to 12
Reading age:
9 to 11
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  • Commended, Toronto Public Library - The List: Great Reads for Youth
  • Commended, Resource Links - The Year's Best
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens
  • Commended, Ontario Library Association's Best Bets
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Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Residential Schools is designed to provide an introductory-level overview of the history and effects of the Residential School system in Canada. This title makes use of photos and illustrations, firsthand accounts, and sections of easily digestible text to engage students with the material. Titles in this series are ideal for introductory-level university classes where students may not have encountered these subjects before.

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Contributor notes

MELANIE FLORENCE is full-time writer based in Toronto. She is the author of the SideStreets novel One Night and the Recordbooks title Jordin Tootoo: The Highs and Lows in the Journey of the First Inuk to Play in the NHL, which was chosen as an Honor Book by The American Indian Library Association. As a freelance journalist, Melanie's byline has appeared in magazines including Dance International, Writer, Parents Canada, and Urban Male Magazine. Melanie is of Plains Cree and Scottish descent.

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Editorial Reviews

"As one of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's calls to action states, 'Make age-appropriate curriculum on residential schools, Treaties, and Aboriginal peoples' historical and contemporary contributions to Canada a mandetory education requirement for kindergarten to Grade Twelve students.' (p. 7) this book certainly contributes to this action and should be added to every junior and senior high school and public library in Canada. Highly Recommended." Rated E - Excellent, enduring, everyone should see it!


— Resource Links

"If I were purchasing materials for a high school library, I would buy at least 2 copies, and I would urge Social Studies and Aboriginal Studies classroom teachers to have at least one copy on their bookselves. Perhaps the strongest work to date in the Righting Canada's Wrongs series, Residential Schools underscores the importance of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's work... Highly Recommended."

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"A great book...there's a lot there for us all."

— CBC Metro Morning

"This resource-rich book is sure to spark both class and individual exploration. An index, glossary, and timeline will help teens navigate the rich content in this book, while links to online video and audio clips and the 'For Further Reading' section will guide them beyond its pages. Teachers will also find lesson plans and other helpful tools in an accompanying series Resource Guide."

— National Reading Campaign

Recommended by the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett for the #GiftingReconciliation Campaign

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About the Author

Melanie Florence

Melanie Florence is a Cree/Scottish writer whose books have won several awards. Her book Jordin Tootoo: The Highs and Lows in the Journey of the First Inuk to Play in the NHL was chosen as an Honor Book by The American Indian Library Association. Her first picture book, Missing Nimama, won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. She is also the author of Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Residential Schools. Melanie lives with her husband and two children in Toronto.
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