As Long as the Rivers Flow

2013 Third Place Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Young Adult Literature
Publisher: 
Random House of Canada Ltd.

As Long as the Rivers Flow follows one girl, Martha, from the Cat Lake First Nation in Northern Ontario who is "stolen" from her family at the age of six and flown far away to residential school. Ten long years later, Martha finds her way home again, barely able to speak her native tongue. The memories of abuse at the residential school are so strong that she tries to drown her feelings in drink, and when she gives birth to her beloved son, Spider, he is taken away by Children's Aid to Toronto. In time, she has a baby girl, Raven, whom she decides to leave in the care of her mother while she braves the bewildering strangeness of the big city to find her son and bring him home. 

Author: James Bartleman rose from humble circumstances in Port Carling, Ontario, to become Foreign Policy Advisor to the right PM Chrétien in 1994. After a distinguished career of more than thirty-five years in the Canadian foreign service, in 2002 he became the first Native Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario. He is the author of the prize-winning memoir Out of Muskoka.

Publisher: Random House of Canada Ltd.

"James Bartleman honours the resiliency of the Indigenous spirit, despite the legacies of residential schools. There is truth and hope here. As Long as the Rivers Flow should be mandatory reading for everyone." — Jury, Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature 

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As Long as the Rivers Flow follows one girl, Martha, from the Cat Lake First Nation in Northern Ontario who is "stolen" from her family at the age of six and flown far away to residential school. Ten long years later, Martha finds her way home again, barely able to speak her native tongue. The memories of abuse at the residential school are so strong that she tries to drown her feelings in drink, and when she gives birth to her beloved son, Spider, he is taken away by Children's Aid to Toronto. In time, she has a baby girl, Raven, whom she decides to leave in the care of her mother while she braves the bewildering strangeness of the big city to find her son and bring him home. 

Author: James Bartleman rose from humble circumstances in Port Carling, Ontario, to become Foreign Policy Advisor to the right PM Chrétien in 1994. After a distinguished career of more than thirty-five years in the Canadian foreign service, in 2002 he became the first Native Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario. He is the author of the prize-winning memoir Out of Muskoka.

Publisher: Random House of Canada Ltd.

"James Bartleman honours the resiliency of the Indigenous spirit, despite the legacies of residential schools. There is truth and hope here. As Long as the Rivers Flow should be mandatory reading for everyone." — Jury, Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature 

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