Calgary Public Library staff have curated three booklists that will help people of all ages learn more about residential schools, their damaging legacy, and the stories of those directly impacted. Use these books as an age-appropriate guide to continued learning and reconciliation.
The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line phone line is available 24-hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their residential school experience. Call 1-866-925-4419.
Residential Schools: Books for Children
From picture books for preschoolers to novels and non-fiction for school-aged kids, the titles on this list can help parents, teachers, and caregivers talk to children about residential schools.
Residential Schools: Books for Teens
This collection of fiction, memoir and and graphic novels captures the strength and versatility of the protagonists as they learn what it means to challenge the power of colonial ideologies and racism. Landmark primary sources are also included that cover Canada's commitment to reconciliation.
Residential Schools: Books for Adults
This booklist is for adults and includes non-fiction, memoir, poetry, and novels that include the uncompromised honesty of survivors and their stories.