Speaking Our Truth by Monique Gray Smith (56)

This is a nonfiction junior book about aboriginals.  It is an important book for all kids. We need the next generation to really understand what the aboriginals went through. We need our youth to be part of the journey toward reconciliation as we come to terms with the long-term effects of the Residential School system.

Canada’s relationship with its Indigenous people has suffered as a result of both the Residential School system and the lack of understanding of the historical and current impact to these schools.

Healing and repairing that relationship requires education, awareness and increased understanding of the legacy and the impacts still felt by Survivors and their families.

Young people are vital to how we move forward. We need each of the youth.

This is an insightful book. It is also sad that our history in Canada is plagued by such atrocities and injustices. We need to find a way to eradicate such injustices and to make aboriginal people’s lives more tolerable and something that they can be proud of moving forward.

This represents an ideal that will be hard to bring about unless we all pitch in. This book is the first step in that direction. It will show the young reader all that has happened, and how they can become part of the solution.

Rating: 5 stars

 

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