• Join us for a student book club in honour of Orange Shirt Day, an annual event to commemorate the Residential School experience and witness the healing journey of the survivors and their families.

    Indigenous Education & Services and the Langara Library will facilitate a discussion of the graphic novel Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story. In just 40-pages, author David Alexander Robertson and illustrator Scott B. Henderson tell the powerful story of Betsy, who is taken away from her loving adopted family to residential school at the tender age of eight. She is forced to endure abuse, indignity, and loss, but her father’s teachings sustain her. Sugar Falls is based on the true story of Betty Ross, Elder from Cross Lake First Nation.

    All students are welcome and no prior knowledge of Canada’s Residential School system is necessary. Attending all sessions in this four-part series is strongly encouraged, but not required. Registration is limited to 15 students, so sign-up early. Sugar Falls is available for free as an e-book though the Langara Library and one lucky participant will receive a print copy of Sugar Falls.


    • October 7 from 1:00 pm–1:50 pm – Welcome and introduction to Canada’s residential school legacy, with Langara’s Elder-In-Residence Mary Jane Joe.
    • October 14 grom 1:00 pm–1:50 pm – Theme: Life before residential school (pages 1-13).
    • October 28 from 1:00 pm–1:50 pm – Theme: Life during residential school (pages 3-37).
    • November 4 from 1:00 pm–1:50 pm – Theme: Life after residential school (pages 38-40).

    Please note that Langara Counselling staff will be present to provide support.

    Register below to secure your spot in the book club. Only 15 spaces are available.