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Alumna tells grandmother’s story in new book


​Alumna Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis (BA’99, Bed’00) has co-authored a new book, I Am Not a Number, telling the real-life story of her grandmother’s experiences at a residential school.

Co-authored with Kathy Kacer, and illustrated by Gillian Newland, the book is geared to children age 7-11 and has been described in reviews as a powerful and historic teaching tool.

I Am Not a Number is published by Second Story Press.

When eight-year-old Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school she is confused, frightened, and terribly homesick. She tries to remember who she is and where she came from, despite the efforts of the nuns who are in charge at the school and who tell her that she is not to use her own name but instead use the number they have assigned to her. When she goes home for summer holidays, Irene's parents decide never to send her and her brothers away again. But where will they hide? And what will happen when her parents disobey the law?

Based on the life of co-author Jenny Kay Dupuis’ grandmother, I Am Not a Number is a hugely necessary book that brings a terrible part of Canada’s history to light in a way that children can learn from and relate to.

For more information, and to order a copy, click here.

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