Sugar Falls : A Residential School Story

Sugar Falls : A Residential School Story

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BASED ON A TRUE STORY* A school assignment to interview a residential school survivor leads Daniel to Betsy, his friend's grandmother, who tells him her story. Abandoned as a young child, Betsy was soon adopted into a loving family. A few short years later, at the age of 8, everything changed. Betsy was taken away to a residential school. There she was forced to endure abuse and indignity, but Betsy recalled the words her father spoke to her at Sugar Falls -- words that gave her the resilience, strength, and determination to survive. Sugar Falls is based on the true story of Betty Ross, Elder from Cross Lake First Nation. We wish to acknowledge, with the utmost gratitude, Betty's generosity in sharing her story. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Sugar Falls goes to support the bursary program for The Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Foundation.
ISBN: 9781553793342
Branch Call Number: TEEN GN Robe


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Mar 13, 2021

A chilling representation of all that children who were forced to go to residential schools had to endure. It still shocks me that in the not so distant past, children were taken away from their homes and sent to a place where they were abused and couldn't even have the comfort of their own language. I was a cultural genocide that still affects first nation people today. Sugar Falls is a great graphic novel that depicts the atrocities that went on behind the closed doors of these "schools"

Jan 12, 2020

An interesting story of the residential school experience. Written for a younger audience and not very detailed. A good introduction and launching point for learning about this period of our country's history. It shows the strength of the children is this horrific situation. This book, being short, does not go into depth but shows the horrors that were endured.

Aug 03, 2017

Crude drawings, language, and storytelling.

vpl_childrens Aug 04, 2016

Sugar Falls is a graphic novel which depicts the true story of Residential School survivor Betty Ross, an elder from the Cross Lake First Nation. The heavy tone is beautifully carried by Robertson's words and Henderson's panels.

May 13, 2015

Love this book, love this author. Gives a re-telling of the real life story of Betty Ross, Elder from Cross Lake First Nation, who was first kicked out of her house by her mother (a residential school survivor herself) at the age of 5, and is later adopted by a family who happens to find her. At age 8, a priest from the residential school across the lake comes and takes her there, where she is forced to learn Latin, work in the fields, be physically abused by the nuns and sexually abused by the priest. After several years, she moves to Winnipeg and finishes high school.
A touching, loving, non-preachy story told in a respectful way with the message to keep the First Nations culture and stories and memories alive.
40 pages (easy to read in one sitting), black and white drawings.

Jun 07, 2014

I read this comic type book.. very good information in it..

about the strength of indigenous children & the state's abuse of families & communities in relation to ethnocide.


makes the connection to Helen Betty Osbourne , who was harassed, kidnapped & repeatedly sexually assaulted & stomped & torn up inside her body with a beer bottle by 4 Canadian guys lookin' for some fun!

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