Books on Canada’s Indian Residential Schools

Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan- Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton


This is the story of eight-year-old Margaret Pokiak who lives in the Arctic. She wants to go to school so that she can learn to read, just like her older sister. Her family does not want Margaret to go to school because they had very negatives experiences there. Margaret is persistent and her family reluctantly sends her to the residential school, where she encounters the black-cloaked nun nicknamed the Raven, who immediately dislikes strong-willed young Margaret. Intending to humiliate her, the heartless nun gives gray stockings to all the girls except Margaret, who gets red ones. Margaret becomes the laughingstock of the entire school. In the face of such cruelty, Margaret refuses to be intimidated and bravely gets rid of the stockings. This is the true story of how one brave girl survived the residential school system.