A Stranger at Home

A Stranger at Home

A True Story

Book - 2011
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Looks at the experiences of a young Inuit girl returning from a residential religious school, where she is not recognized by her mother and is seen as an outsider.
Publisher: Toronto : Annick Press, c2011
ISBN: 9781554513611
1554513618
9781554513628
1554513626
Branch Call Number: J 371.8299 POKIAK JORDAN
Characteristics: 124 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), map, ports. ; 24 cm

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vpl_childrens Aug 04, 2016

A sequel to Fatty Legs. By the time ten-year old Margaret (Olemaun) returns to her community of Tuktoyaktuk after spending two years at residential school in Aklavik, she has forgotten her language and much of her culture. She struggles to reintegrate into her family and prove that her mother’s first reaction to her return -- “not my girl” – is wrong. The book paints a heartbreaking picture of the deep damage and division caused by residential schools.

it is awesome

VaughanPLDaniela Mar 06, 2013

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Jun 24, 2012

Margaret is home from residential school and is finding it hard to fit in with her family. Unable to speak her own language nor eat the traditional foods her mother has made for her, Margaret realizes that she has been more changed by her experience at residential school than she realized. Can she find a way to navigate her life with her family? Especially given what is coming.

Another painful memoir from Margaret Pokiak-Fenton that continues to explore the impact of residential schools on the children who attended them, their families and their greater communities. This is a must for anyone trying to understand this issues. Teachers and librarians need to pick this up.

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