Sugar Falls (10th Anniversary Edition)

A Residential School Story
by David A. Robertson | illustrated by Scott B. Henderson | colour by Donovan Yaciuk | foreword by Senator Murray Sinclair

Grade: for grade 9–12
SKU: 978-1-55379-975-7 Categories: ,


Pub Date: 05/25/2021
  • Softcover

From Governor-General’s Award-winning writer David A. Robertson comes this special edition of the timeless graphic novel that introduced the world to the awe-inspiring resilience of Betty Ross, and shared her story of strength, family, and culture.

A school assignment to interview a residential school survivor leads Daniel to Betsy, who tells him her story. Abandoned as a young child, Betsy was soon adopted into a loving family. A few short years later, at the age of 8, everything changed. Betsy was taken away to a residential school. There she was forced to endure abuse and indignity, but Betsy recalled the words her father spoke to her at Sugar Falls—words that gave her the resilience, strength, and determination to survive.

Sugar Falls is based on the true story of Betty Ross, Elder from Cross Lake First Nation. We wish to acknowledge, with the utmost gratitude, Betty’s generosity in sharing her story. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Sugar Falls goes to support the bursary program for The Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Foundation.

This 10th-anniversary edition brings David A. Robertson’s national bestseller to life in full colour, with a foreword by Senator Murrary Sinclair, Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and a touching afterword from Elder Betty Ross herself.

Among CBC Books 22 Canadian comics to watch for in spring 2021

Silence will not be our currency. I hope that a new generation of readers like yourself can see that you are not just bearers of the burdens of history, but beneficiaries of a new awareness.
—Senator Murray Sinclair

Sugar Falls is a powerful graphic novel that recounts the horror Indigenous children experienced in residential schools.
—CBC Books


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