A reconciliation reading list for young readers

A list inspired by Secret Path for the next generation of readers.

On Oct. 22, 1966, near Kenora, Ont., Chanie Wenjack died trying to walk home to the family he was taken from over 400 miles away. Chanie's story inspired Gord Downie's new project, Secret Path, an album, graphic novel and film he hopes will inspire a national conversation about reconciliation and the truth about Canada's history.

Here are 12 books that contribute to the national conversation about reconciliation for young readers.

Good for Nothing won the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction. (Portage & Main Press/Scholastic Canada/Groundwood Books)
Sugar Falls was shortlisted for SOLS First Nation Communities READ in 2013. (Portage & Main Press/Sono Nis Press/Annick Press)
  • Sugar Falls by David Alexander Robertson, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson
  • No Time to Say Goodbye by Sylvia Olsen, with Rita Morris and Ann Sam
  • Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, illustrated by Liz Amini-Holmes
My Name is Seepeetza was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Awards for young people's literature in 1993. (Clockwise Press/House of Anansi Press/Second Story Press)
Shin-chi's Canoe won the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award in 2009. (Pemmican Publications/Groundwood Books Ltd.)
We Feel Good Out Here is a children's nonfiction book. (Fifth House Publishers)