Gaawin Gindaaswin Ndaawsii / I Am Not a Number

The dual language edition, in Nishnaabemwin (Ojibwe) Nbisiing dialect and English, of the award-winning I Am Not a Number. 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 who are in charge at the school and who tell her that she is not to use her own name but instead use the number they have assigned to her. When she goes home for summer holidays, Irene's parents decide never to send her and her brothers away again. But where will they hide? And what will happen when her parents disobey the law? Based on the life of co-author Jenny Kay Dupuis’ grandmother, I Am Not a Number is a hugely necessary book that brings a terrible part of Canada’s history to light in a way that children can learn from and relate to.
Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Notable Children's Books   | 2016  |  Commended
Ontario Library Association's Best Bets - Junior Nonfiction   | 2016  |  Commended
CBC Books' Best Books of the Year   | 2016  |  Commended
American Indians in Children's Literature Best Books of the Year   | 2016  |  Commended
Hackmatack Award   | 2018  |  Winner
Diamond Willow Award   | 2017  |  Winner
Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year   | 2017  |  Commended
CCBC Choices - Best Books of the Year   | 2017  |  Commended
Information Book Award   | 2017  |  Short-listed
Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids & Teens - Spring 2017   | 2017  |  Commended
Rocky Mountain Book Award   | 2018  |  Short-listed
Red Cedar Award for Information Book   | 2018  |  Winner
Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award   | 2017  |  Short-listed
Silver Birch Express Award   | 2018  |  Short-listed
Native Voices in November: A Booklist for Students, Parents & Educators   | 2020  |  Long-listed