Bearskin Diary (FNCR 2017)

Nightwood EditionsSKU: 9780889713116

Carol Daniels
Grade Levels:
Adult Education, College, University
Book Type:
Nightwood Editions

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Bearskin Diary: A Novel is the 2017-2018 title selected as the winner for First Nation Communities READ. Carol Daniels is the author and the publisher is Nightwood Editions.  Raw and  honest, Bearskin Diary gives voice to a generation of First Nations women who have always been silenced, at a time when movements like Idle No More call for a national inquiry into the missing and murdered Aboriginal women. Taken from the arms of her mother as soon as she was born, the novel’s protagonist, Sandy, was one of over twenty thousand Aboriginal children scooped up by the federal government between the 1960s and 1980s. Sandy was adopted by a Ukrainian family and grew up as the only First Nations child in a town of white people in Canada. Ostracized by everyone around her and tired of being different, at the early age of five she tried to scrub the brown off her skin. But she was never sent back into the foster system, and for that she considered herself lucky. From this tragic period in her personal life and in Canadian history, Sandy does not emerge unscathed, but she emerges strong—finding her way by embracing her Cree culture that the Sixties Scoop had tried to deny.  Bearskin Diary is one of five titles shortlisted for the First Nation Communities Read selection for 2017-2018.

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