Ruby was seven years old and in Grade 2. She was to prepare a class presentation on a topic of her choice, and decided she wanted to tell the story of why she doesn’t speak her First Nations language.

Ruby wanted to share information about the effects Indian residential school had on her family and community in terms of language loss. This was a very important topic that meant a lot to her. She wanted everyone to know about how wrong Indian residential schools were.

Ruby and her father spoke to Ruby’s teacher to describe the intended presentation. The teacher suggested Ruby instead teach the class a few words in her language or about hunting or fishing. Ruby explained once more that she wanted to share the reasons why she doesn’t know much of her language…

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