No Time to Say Goodbye

No Time to Say Goodbye

Children's Stories of Kuper Island Residential School

Book - 2001
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No Time to Say Goodbyeis a fictional account of five children sent to aboriginal boarding school, based on the recollections of a number of Tsartlip First Nations people. These unforgettable children are taken by government agents from Tsartlip Day School to live at Kuper Island Residential School. The five are isolated on the small island and life becomes regimented by the strict school routine. They experience the pain of homesickness and confusion while trying to adjust to a world completely different from their own. Their lives are no longer organized by fishing, hunting and family, but by bells, line-ups and chores. In spite of the harsh realities of the residential school, the children find adventure in escape, challenge in competition, and camaraderie with their fellow students. Sometimes sad, sometimes funny, always engrossing, No Time to Say Goodbyeis a story that readers of all ages won't soon forget.
Publisher: Victoria, B.C. : Sono Nis Press, c2001
ISBN: 9781550391213
Characteristics: 172 p. :,ill., map
Additional Contributors: Morris, Rita
Sam, Ann
Paul, Connie


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This collection of fictional stories of five children sent to residential school is based on real life experiences recounted by members of the Tsartlip First Nation in B.C.

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vpl_childrens Aug 04, 2016

This fictional account of the experiences of five children is based on the recollections of Tsartlip First Nations people from the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island. Government agents take the children to live at Kuper Island Residential School, where they are isolated and subjected to a harsh school routine. Despite loneliness and abuse, the children form friendships with other children and find adventure in this sometimes sad and sometimes funny story.

Feb 13, 2015

This book is not one I would choose to read, but I had to read it for school and found that it gave me a clear view of what it was like at residential schools, thanks to the five different perspectives. I thought this book was extremely depressing.

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Feb 13, 2015

cebn thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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