|Author||Monique Gray Smith|
|Category||Family and Friendship|
The caring and powerful tone Smith uses to communicate with her readers here is that of a teacher from which we all could learn. And while this nonfiction book is focused on the journey toward reconciliation for the people of Canada as they as a nation come to terms with the long-term effects of the residential school system, many parallels can be drawn to our own history in the United States, though we as a nation have not yet made such deliberate or encompassing acts of reconciliation. As stated by the publisher, "Healing and repairing the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people requires education, awareness, and an increased understanding of the impact the residential school system had--and still has--on Survivors and their families. Recognizing the rights and freedoms we must all treat as universal most certainly can and should begin in your city, state, or country.