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      Read to Speak Adult ESL Book Club - Downtown FRIDAY Meeting in Toronto

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      November 1, 2019

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      Read to Speak Adult ESL Book Club - Downtown FRIDAY Meeting

      Book Title: Shin-Chi's Canoe Author: Nicola Campbell Story Summary: Shi-shi-etko and her six-year-old brother, Shin-chi, go to an Indian Residential School in Canada. They can’t speak their own language or talk to each other at the school. Shin-chi has a tiny cedar canoe, a gift from his father that helps him survive when life becomes difficult. They manage to survive and dream of the day when they can return to their family. This is not an easy story to read about young Native children, but it’s an important one for all Canadians to know. Listen to the story: Practise Vocabulary with QUIZLET:  Questions about the book 1. Look at the first page of facts and complete the sentences. a)     Europeans believed Native people were ___________________ b)    Native people were moved off their traditional lands and onto _________________ or ___________________. c)     Native children weren’t allowed to _____________________________________________________ at the schools. d)    The purpose of the Indian Residential schools was to ________________________________. 2. How many people are in Shin-chi’s family? What are their names? 3. What do the children ask their father to build them? 4. When will they return home? 5. What did the two children and the grandmother do before they went to the residential school? 6. What did their mother and grandmother say to them when they were leaving for the residential school? 7. What English names were the children given? 8. What did Shi-shi-etko give her younger brother? What were her instructions? 9. Where did the children sleep? 10. What helped Shin-chi fall asleep on his first night at the residential school? 11. What did the children do all day at the residential school? 12. What did the children eat at the school? 13. What did Shin-chi do with the tiny cedar canoe? 14. What kind of mischief did Shin-chi get into? 15. How did Shin-chi know when he would be able to go home to his family? 16. What surprise did their father have for the children when they returned home? Discussion Questions: 1. Did you live away from home when you went to school? What was it like? How old were you? Where did you go? How long were you away?2. What are the effects of taking Native children away from their families?3. What has Canada done to try to repair the damage they caused Native people?4. Have you heard a Land Acknowledge Statement read at an event? What is it? Why is it important to acknowledge the land? Land Acknowledgement Statement Toronto Public Library is situated on Indigenous land and Dish with One Spoon territory. This is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Wendat, and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Toronto Public Library gratefully acknowledges these Indigenous nations for their guardianship of this land.  NEXT BOOK CLUB MEETING Date: Friday December 6, 2019                                                                                         Book Title: Wangari’s Trees of Peace by Jeanette Winter

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