Author: Nicola I. Campbell
Illustrator: Kim LaFave
When they arrive at school, Shi-shi-etko reminds Shin-chi, her six-year-old brother, that they can only use their English names and that they can't speak to each other. For Shin-chi, life becomes an endless cycle of church mass, school, and work, punctuated by skimpy meals. He finds solace at the river, clutching a tiny cedar canoe, a gift from his father, and dreaming of the day when the salmon return to the river — a sign that it’s almost time to return home. This poignant story about a devastating chapter in First Nations history is told at a child’s level of understanding.