YOUTH! Fatty Legs: On Courage and Bravery

Grades: 3-6

YOUTH! Fatty Legs: On Courage and Bravery

Tuesday, Oct 20
Live on YouTube

If you weren’t able to tune in live, click here to watch the event recording.

A beloved story of resilience and a perennial bestseller, Margaret Olemaun Pokiak-Fenton’s memoir Fatty Legs has remained a pivotal text on the abuses and injustices of residential school systems in Canada. In a 10th anniversary edition, Pokiak-Fenton’s inspiring first-person account of a plucky Inuvialuit girl’s determination to confront her tormentor has been re-issued with reflections on the book’s significant impact, as well as new, illuminating stories from Christy Jordan-Fenton, a key player in helping translate these stories to the page. In this commemorative and celebrative event, young readers can experience this British Columbia Library Association favourite—and learn the value of standing up for themselves, and others, in the face of prejudice. Warm, vulnerable, and an important pair of voices in respecting protocols for survivors, Margaret Olemaun Pokiak-Fenton and Christy Jordan-Fenton will provide a welcoming, powerful experience for students, young readers and fans of the original edition alike.

Check out the study guide for Fatty Legs here.

Event Participants:

Christy Jordan-Fenton

British Columbia

CHRISTY JORDAN-FENTON has been an infantry soldier, a bareback bronc rider, a survival instructor and a wild pig farmer, among other things, and has lived in Australia, South Africa and Vermont. Together with her mother-in-law, Margaret Olemaun Pokiak-Fenton, she speaks with over 100 audiences a year around the world about the injustice of residential school systems in Canada and Pokiak-Fenton’s determination as a young Inuvialuit girl.

Margaret-Olemaun Pokiak-Fenton

British Columbia

MARGARET OLEMAUN POKIAK-FENTON is best known as the indomitable subject of four award winning children’s books about her time at residential school in the 1940s. She is very active, speaking across Canada alongside her daughter-in-law Christy Jordan-Fenton, sharing stories of resilience and the path to reclaiming her Inuvialuit cultural identity after residential school. She is a traditional language keeper, and is well known for her beadwork, embroidery, and bannock.