When We Were Alone












When We Were Alone
by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Julie Flett
Highwater Press, 2016

This story introduces in simple terms how (white) governments treated Indigenous families, trying to make everyone the same.  Her kokom shares with Nosisim how the government took away the colors they wore and made everyone wear a black and white uniforms. How they cut their long hair short and did not allow them to speak their native language.  Using the same basic story structure between Nosisim and her kokom, each item removed is introduced and ends with how things are now.  This is a book where the meaning of what was removed will grow as the child grows.  To further emphasize the meaning, the illustrations of the items being removed are done in blacks and whites, where the illustrations of where they have their items are done in colors.

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