My Name is Seepeetza
Written by Shirley Sterling
Publication Date November 01, 1992
At six years old, Seepeetza is taken from her happy family life on Joyaska Ranch to live as a boarder at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. Life at the school is not easy, but Seepeetza still manages to find some bright spots. Always, thoughts of home make her school life bearable.
An honest, inside look at life in an Indian residential school in the 1950s, and how one indomitable young spirit survived it.
Winner of the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize 1992
Short-listed for the Governor General's Literary Awards: Text 1993
Born in Merritt, B.C., Shirley was a member of the Interior Salish Nation of British Columbia. She earned a Bachelor of Education and a doctorate on oral traditions and the transmission of culture. She wrote My Name Is Seepeetza, which is based on her own childhood experiences at an Indian residential school. Acclaimed in both Canada and the United States, the book has won the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize. She also won the Laura Steiman Award for Children's Literature.