"Like Alice, I Was Brave"

The Girl in the Text in Olemaun’s Residential School Narratives

in Volume 10 (2017): Issue 3 (Dec 2017): The Girl in the Text. Guest Editor: Ann Smith
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In the genre of residential school narratives for children, Not My Girl (2014) stands out for the determination, courage, and resilience of its narrator, a young girl who chooses to go to a Catholic boarding school, and then draws on both her culture and a British novel, Alice in Wonderland, about a brave girl for strength and resilience. This article traces Olemaun’s journey as she follows Alice into literacy but finds her own methods of resisting colonial oppression and asserting Indigenous agency.