Books·Canadian

The Journey Forward

This book includes two stories of reconciliation and intergenerational learning.

Richard Van Camp and Monique Gray Smith

The Journey Forward, A Novella On Reconciliation is made up of two titles, bound together in a "flip book" format, giving readers, educators, parents, caregivers and more the chance to share and experience two points-of-view on residential schools and reconciliation in one compelling package.

When We Play Our Drums, They Sing! by Richard Van Camp is the story of 12-year-old Dene Cho, who is angry that his people are losing their language, traditions and ways of being. Elder Snowbird is there to answer some of Dene Cho's questions and to share their history including the impact Residential schools continue to have on their people. It is through this conversation with Snowbird that Dene Cho begins to find himself and begins to realize that understanding the past can ultimately change the future.

Lucy & Lola by Monique Gray Smith is the story of Lucy and Lola, 11-year-old twins who are heading to Gabriola Island, B.C., to spend the summer with their Kookum (grandmother) while their mother studies for the bar exam. During their time with Kookum, the girls begin to learn about her experiences in being sent — and having to send their mother — to Residential school. Ultimately, they discover what it means to be intergenerational survivors. (Mckellar & Martin)

Richard Van Camp writes comics, picture books and novels, most recently publishing the short story collection Moccasin Square GardensHe is a member of the Dogrib Nation from Fort Smith, N.W.T.

Monique Gray Smith is a writer of Cree, Lakota and Scottish heritage who currently lives in Victoria. She is also the author of the novels Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience and Tilly and the Crazy Eightsthe picture books When We Are Kind and My Heart Fills with Happiness and the nonfiction middle-grade book Speaking Our TruthSpeaking Our Truth is also on this list.

Interviews with Monique Gray Smith

Interviews with Richard Van Camp

Author and Calgary Public Library’s storyteller-in-residence Richard Van Camp is helping people tell their own stories during the pandemic, as a way to stay connected and remember what it means to be human. He tells us why he's embraced this difficult moment.

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