I have read Fatty Legs to my class on a number of occasions. In the past, it was just an introduction to the truth about Residential Schools in Canada. Students were often not aware of that dark part of Canadian History. This year, I started off the year talking about residential schools and using a number of resources including “The Secret Path” by Gord Downie
“The Secret Path” by Gord Downie and
“I am not a Number” by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer .
I have also used Stolen Lives extensively for small group reading and reference and spent an amazing Sunday afternoon in November learning more about the Indigenous experience in Canada with Facing History and Ourselves, a nonprofit international educational and professional development organization. Their mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. This lay the groundwork for myself and my students to ask some deep questions to help explore the relationship between the indigenous peoples of Canada and the Colonizers.