About the Book
Shortlist, Indigenous Voices Awards 2022
Shortlist, City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize 2022
Longlist, First Nation Communities READ Awards 2022/2023
White Raven, an Elder and residential school survivor, shares her difficult past with her daughter and grandchildren in this sequel to Little Wolf.
All grown up with a family of her own, Little Wolf moves from the big city to the island of her ancestors. She wants to share the beauty and mysteries of nature with her children, and she wants them to learn as much about their culture as possible. One day, Little Wolf’s mother, White Raven, visits and begins to tell her grandchildren stories from her own childhood. But the stories are not happy ones. As a child, White Raven left her family to attend St. Michael’s Residential School in Alert Bay, BC. While there, she experienced hunger, loneliness, shame, and isolation from her language and her culture. Even years later, as a grown woman and Elder, she has nightmares about her time at the school. But by sharing her story with Little Wolf and her grandchildren, White Raven begins to heal and brings the family closer together.
Through simple, heartfelt text and vivid illustrations that combine contemporary and traditional Indigenous motifs, White Raven is an engaging teaching tool as well as a relatable narrative about the impact of intergenerational trauma on families. Based on the author’s own life and her mother’s residential school experience, the central message of this book is one of healing and family unity.
—Robert "Lucky" Budd, co-author of the Northwest Coast Legends Series
—Jodie Callaghan, Mi'gmaq storyteller and author of The Train
—CM: Canadian Review of Materials
—Canadian Children's Book News, Winter 2021