I Am Not a Number
Second Story Press
A picture book based on a true story about a young First Nations girl who was sent to a residential school. 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 to force her to do otherwise. Based on the life of Jenny Kay Dupuis.
Racial Diversity; Race discrimination; racism; prejudice
Native American (Ojibway)
mother and father
Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, 2018, Winner, English Non Fiction
Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, 2017, Finalist
Red Cedar Book Awards, 2018, Winner, Informational
Diamond Willow Award, 2017, Winner
Nipissing First Nation; boarding schools; nuns; reservations; assimilation; Canada; number assignment; punishment
Dupuis, Jenny Kay and Kacer, Kathy, "I Am Not a Number" (2016). Diverse Families. 2011.