Montroyal Elementary
North Vancouver School District
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​Truth and Reconciliation  -Authentic Voices
This adaptation of Fatty legs makes the story of Margaret Pokiak's experiences in a residential school accessible to younger readers. Now they, too, can meet this remarkable girl who reminds us what power we hold when we can read.

In 1935, a boy witnesses a forbidden potlatch.

Margaret can’t wait to see her family, but her homecoming is not what she expected. Based on the true story of Margaret Pokiak-Fenton,

"This picture book explores the intergenerational impact of Canada's residential school system that separated Indigenous children from their families. The story recognizes the pain of those whose culture and language were taken from them, how that pain is passed down and shared through generations, and how healing can also be shared.

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​Indigenizing the Curriculum - Authentic Voices
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