Reflections from Them Days: A Residential School Memoir from Nunatsiavut

When Nellie Winters was 11 years old, she was sent to attend the Nain Boarding School, a residential school 400 kilometres from her home. In this memoir, she recalls life before residential school, her experiences at the school, and what it was like to come home.

Accompanied by the author’s original illustrations, this moving, often funny memoir sheds light on the experiences of Inuit residential school survivors in Labrador.

As told by Nellie Winters | Transcribed and edited by Erica Oberndorfer | Illustrated by Nellie Winters

May 2020 | 7” x 9” | 26 pages | Non-fiction | Paperback
Ages: 11–14

English ISBN: 978-0-2287-0551-2 | $12.95
Inuktitut ISBN: 978-0-2287-0552-9 | $16.95

Inhabit Education Books is proud to introduce Qinuisaarniq (“resiliency”), a program created to educate Nunavummiut about the history and impacts of residential schools, policies of assimilation, and other colonial acts that affected the Canadian Arctic.

Each resource in the program has been carefully written and reviewed to include level-appropriate opportunities for students to learn about colonial acts and policies that affected Inuit. Topics covered include the residential school system, relocations to settlements and the High Arctic, sled dog slaughters, the use of E and W numbers, and others. These acts and policies created long-lasting impacts on Inuit individuals and communities, which are still being felt today.

The resources in this program include personal interviews, testimony, and writing; non-fiction informational resources; and information about traditional Inuit practices.

Teaching guides are also available. Please email info@inhabiteducation.com for more information.