Journal Of A Travelling Girl

Neema, Nadine
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Journal Of A Travelling Girl

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This fictional coming-of-age story
traces a young girl’s reluctant journey by canoe through the ancestral
lands of the Tli?cho People, as she gradually comes to understand and
appreciate their culture and the significance of their fight for
self-government.



"Journal of a Travelling Girl deserves to be in every northern
classroom. There is so much to learn here, and there is so much to
celebrate." —Richard Van Camp, Tlicho author of The Lesser Blessed and Moccasin Square Gardens


Eleven-year-old Julia has lived in Wekweètì, NWT, since she was five.
Although the people of Wekweètì have always treated her as one of their
own, Julia sometimes feels like an outsider, disconnected from the
traditions and ancestral roots that are so central to the local culture.



When Julia sets off on the canoe trip she is happy her best friends,
Layla and Alice, will also be there. However, the trip is nothing like
she expected. She is afraid of falling off the boat, of bears, and of
storms. Layla’s grandparents (who Julia calls Grandma and Grandpa) put
her to work but won’t let her paddle the canoe. While on land Julia
would rather goof around with her friends than do chores. Gradually,
Grandma and Grandpa show her how to survive on the land and pull her own
weight, and share their traditional stories with her. Julia learns to
gather wood, cook, clean, and paddle the canoe, becoming more mature and
responsible each day. The journey ends at Behchoko, where the historic
Tli?cho Agreement of 2005 is signed, and the Tli?cho People celebrate
their hard-won right to self-government. Julia is there to witness
history.



Inspired by true events, this story was written at the request of
John B. Zoe, Chief Negotiator of the Tli?cho Agreement, as a way of
teaching the Tli?cho youth about that landmark achievement. Journal of a Travelling Girl
has been read and endorsed by several Wekweètì community members and
Elders. The book will appeal to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous
children for its relatable themes of family, loss, coming-of-age, and
the struggle to connect with tradition and culture.

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