A reverso book in Halkomelem and English.
Janet reminds her dog Buster what Gramma Says about Sumas Mountain, the lake, and the history of her community.
By Su'ye'al, Beatrice Elaine Silver
With illustrations by the author's nieces and nephews, and a glossary. Ages 3-8.
About the book:
Leaving home to live at Indian Residential School was an inevitable event for young Bea Silver, a Sto:lo girl in Kilgard, Sumas. Attendance was compulsory for native children like her and her many older siblings who had already been attending since before she was born. They never talked about the school, but her brothers prepared her for it when they taught her boxing! Bea tells what it was like.
About the Author:
Bea built her career in education and First Nations leadership. She became a primary school teacher, and then a school Principal. Eventually she held the position of Aboriginal Education Coordinator for Fraser Valley schools. Her leadership skills came into political use as the Chief of Sumas First Nation, her home community, where she acted to increase revenue streams to the community and to eject predatory and polluting companies from the reserve. Bea continues to work in education as a consultant and guest educator.