Shin-chi's Canoe

Shin-chi's Canoe

Book - 2008
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Forced to use only people's English names and not speak to his siblings at school, Shin-chi holds fast to the canoe given to him by his father, hopeful that things will then improve for his family and the tribe he loves.

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When they arrive at school, Shi-shi-etko reminds Shinchi, her six-year-old brother, that they can only use their English names and that they can't speak to each other. For Shinchi, life becomes an endless cycle of church mass, school, and work, punctuated by skimpy meals. He finds solace at the river, clutching a tiny cedar canoe, a gift from his father, and dreaming of the day when the salmon return to the river ? a sign that it’s almost time to return home. This poignant story about a devastating chapter in First Nations history is told at a child’s level of understanding.

When they arrive at school, Shi-shi-etko reminds Shinchi, her six-year-old brother, that they can only use their English names and that they can't speak to each other. For Shinchi, life becomes an endless cycle of church mass, school, and work, punctuated by skimpy meals. He finds solace at the river, clutching a tiny cedar canoe, a gift from his father, and dreaming of the day when the salmon return to the river a sign that it’s almost time to return home. This poignant story about a devastating chapter in First Nations history is told at a child’s level of understanding.


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Forced to use only their English names and not speak to their siblings at school, Shinchi holds fast to the canoe given to him by his father and looks forward to the day when the salmon return to the river, hopeful that things will then improve for his family and the tribe he loves.

Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2008
ISBN: 9780888998576
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 21 x 22 cm
Additional Contributors: LaFave, Kim

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vpl_childrens Aug 04, 2016

A moving follow-up to Shi-shi-etko, this story tells of Shi-shi-etko's return for her second year at residential school, accompanied by her younger brother Shin-chi. As they are unloaded from the cattle truck at school, the young girl gives her brother a little wooden canoe, representing all the things they must keep hidden. At school, they are separated and are not allowed to speak to each other; their time is filled with going to mass, attending class for the half the day and working for the other half. Colourful, painterly illustrations capture the poignancy and drama of their experience.

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HdeBrus
Sep 15, 2015

A heartrendingly good story for young and old alike

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Bilalhussain
Apr 23, 2010

exalent book!

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Preiyanna101
Apr 23, 2010

This book was really sad, and this book is one of my favourite books =)

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Varun1212
Apr 20, 2010

It's a book about how a boy will act in school.

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Gerald562
Apr 20, 2010

Great book!

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Moyez
Apr 20, 2010

good book

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Leanna26
Apr 20, 2010

This is a really cool and kind of sad book.

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Max87
Apr 12, 2010

I knew it was an amazing book it was really good.

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holes123
Apr 06, 2010

i thought it was really good and
interesting

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Sep 15, 2015

HdeBrus thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

VeganGreen Jan 22, 2010

VeganGreen thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 10

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HdeBrus
Sep 15, 2015

I heard about this book while listening to CBC Radio 3 during the closing week of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. A wonderfully written story concerning our history that can be shared with young and old.

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