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            I lost my talk

            2019

            by Rita Joe and Pauline Young

            "One of Rita Joe's most influential poems, "I Lost My Talk" tells the revered Mi'kmaw Elder's childhood story of losing her language while a resident of the residential school in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. An often quoted piece in this era of truth and reconciliation, Joe's powerful words explore and celebrate the survival of Mi'kmaw culture and language despite its attempted eradication. A companion book to the simultaneously published I'm Finding My Talk by Rebecca Thomas, I Lost My Talk is a necessary reminder of a dark chapter in Canada's history, a powerful reading experience, and an effective teaching tool for young readers of all cultures and backgrounds. Includes a biography of Rita Joe and striking colour illustrations by Mi'kmaw artist Pauline Young. Rita Joe's essential poetry is presented anew in this children's picture book with illustrations from Pauline Young. Joe, known as the Poet Laureate of the Mi'kmaw, tells her childhood story of losing her language at Shubenacadie's residential school. Mi'kmaw culture and language are celebrated in this collection, which joins current conversations about Canada's shameful history, truth and reconciliation." -- publisher

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