EMWF Kids: Ga’s/The Train —an event for schools

Tuesday October 19, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. EST (plus 15 min Q&A)

Presented in partnership with Wellington County Library

Presenter: Jodie Callaghan

School groups, online learners, and families are invited to join us for a special literary event during Ontario Public Library Week.

“I’m waiting for what we lost that day to come back to us.”

Author Jodie Callaghan joins us to present the dual-language edition, in English and Mi'gmaq, of the Silver Birch Express-nominated title, The Train, a story that reflects on the impact of the residential school system.

This event will include ASL Interpretation.


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Ga’s/The Train
By Jodie Callaghan
Illustrated by Georgia Lesley
Interpreted/translated by Joe Wilmot

The dual-language edition, in English and Mi'gmaq, of the Silver Birch Express-nominated title, The Train. 

“I’m waiting for what we lost that day to come back to us.”

Ashley meets her great-uncle by the old train tracks near their community in Nova Scotia. When she sees his sadness, he shares with her the history of those tracks. Uncle tells her that during his childhood the train would bring their community supplies, but there came a day when the train took away with it something much more important. One day he and the other children from the reserve were taken aboard and transported to residential school, where their lives were changed forever. They weren't allowed to speak Mi'gmaq and were punished if they did. Uncle tells her he tried not to be noticed, like a little mouse, and how hard it was not to have the love and hugs and comfort of family. He also tells Ashley how happy she and her sister make him. They are what give him hope. Ashley promises to wait with her uncle as he sits by the tracks, waiting for what was taken from their people to come back to them.

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Jodie Callaghan is a Mi'gmaq woman from the Listuguj First Nation in Gespegewa’gi near Quebec. She has always been drawn to story-telling and has found writing to be the best way to connect to her history and her culture. She was inspired to write The Train after listening to many people tell her about their residential school experience. Jodie is currently working as an adult education teacher in her community. She lives with her husband, child, and her two pugs.

Need the book? Buy from one of our bookselling partners or your local independent bookstore:

ONTARIO
Almonte: Mill Street Books, 613-256-9090
Guelph: The Bookshelf, 519-821-3311 x1
Kingston: Novel Idea, 613-546-9799
Ottawa: Octopus Books, 613-233-2589
Toronto: Another Story Bookshop, 416-462-1104
Uxbridge: Blue Heron Books, 905-852-4282

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Lower Mainland: Black Bond Books, [email protected]
Vancouver: Massy Books, 604-721-4405