I Lost My Talk & I’m Finding My Talk

I Lost My Talk (K-5) 

Words by Rita Joe and Art by Pauline Young 

Published in 2019 by Nimbus Publishing (Links to an external site.) 

 

I’m Finding My Talk (K-5) 

Words by Rebecca Thomas and Art by Pauline Young 

Published in 2019 by Nimbus Publishing (Links to an external site.) 

 

I Lost My Talk combines the words of Mi’kmaq poet Rita Joe with illustrations by Mi’kmaq artist Pauline Young to tell the story of Rita Joe’s childhood experiences at the Shubenacadie Residential School in Shubenacadie, NS. There, she was forced to speak English and leave her Mi’kmaq culture behind. “A Short History of Residential Schools,” located at the end of I Lost My Talk, provides readers with background about Canada’s Indian Residential Schools program and the Shubenacadie Residential School.    

I’m Finding My Talk is the companion book to I Lost My Talk. It is written by Mi’kmaq poet Rebecca Thomas and illustrated by Mi’kmaq artist Pauline Young. As the daughter of a residential school survivor, Thomas highlights the intergenerational effects of residential school survivors and how she is connecting to her Mi’kmaq culture.   

 

Introducing the Authors and Artist: 

Learn more about Rita Joe here (Links to an external site.)here (Links to an external site.), and here (Links to an external site.). 

Read Rebecca Thomas’ author bio (Links to an external site.). 

Read Pauline Young’s artist bios here (Links to an external site.) and here (Links to an external site.). 

 

Learning More About the Books: 

Read these reviews of I Lost My Talk: 

Canadian Review of Materials (Links to an external site.) 

CBC Books (Links to an external site.) 

Read these Reviews of I’m Finding My Talk: 

Canadian Review of Materials (Links to an external site.) 

CBC Books (Links to an external site.) 

49th Shelf (Links to an external site.) 

Learn more about why Rebecca Thomas wrote I’m Finding My Talk in this 49th Shelf interview (Links to an external site.). 

Watch Rebecca Thomas read I’m Finding My Talk (Links to an external site.). 

 

Developing Background Knowledge: 

Educators who would like to know more about residential schools in Canada can start with these sources. 

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (Links to an external site.) 

Residential Schools in Canada Education Guide (Links to an external site.) 

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (University of Manitoba) (Links to an external site.) 

 

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