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Searching for a Place of One's Own: The Sense of Belonging in First Nations Children's Books by Jeanette Armstrong and Ruby Slipperjack (Grit Alter)

This article focuses on the establishment of regional identity in First Nations’ children’s literature in Canada. Land and place have been highly important to First Nations people. Therefore the displacement caused by European immigrants and the residential school system had a devastating influence on the people and their cultural heritage. The discussion will refer to texts by authors such as Basso, Hafen, or Bhabha to establish a deeper understanding of the importance of the connection to the region. Jeanette Armstrong’s Neekna and Chemai (1991) and Ruby Slipperjack’s Little Voice (2002) will serve as examples to show who children’s books can contribute to the development of a regional identity.

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