The Scarf and the Butterfly: A Graphic Memoir of Hope and Healing (Hardcover)
"'There's an opening above me, but it's far, and I have to stack up rocks to jump up, and it's almost impossible to get out.' That's when I realized that I was stripped of my identity, and there was nothing of my culture left in me. It was like I wasn't in my body anymore. It was bare and desolate and empty and cold, lifeless in my body. Where was I? Where had I gone?"
In this visceral graphic memoir, Monica Ittusardjuat brings readers with her from residential school classrooms to government apologies on her journey to rediscovering what it means to be Inuk. Born prematurely in an iglu on Baffin Island, Monica attended three residential schools over eleven years. She details her resulting struggles with addiction, mental health, and domestic violence, which haunted her into adulthood.
Equal parts heartbreaking and hopeful, Monica's memoir is a testimony to the lasting impacts of residential schools and one woman's fight to reclaim what she lost.
The Scarf and the Butterfly is a stunning new addition to Qinuisaarniq ("resiliency"), a collection of books created to educate readers about the history and impacts of residential schools. Each book in this collection has been carefully written and reviewed to include level-appropriate opportunities for students to learn about colonial acts and policies that have affected Inuit. These acts and policies created long-lasting impacts on Inuit individuals and communities, which are still being felt today.
About the Author
Monica Ittusardjuat was taken from her parents and sent to residential school at the age of seven, at a time when Inuit lived a subsistence way of life in winter camps and roamed around in spring and summer, following animals when they were plentiful. She went to three residential schools: Chesterfield Inlet, NWT (now Nunavut), for primary school, Churchill, Manitoba, for junior high, and St. Norbert, Manitoba, for high school. Monica graduated from McGill University in 1987. While teaching Community NTEP (Nunavut Teacher Education Program) in Nunavut, she earned her M.Ed. through the University of Prince Edward Island. She was the honour student for Baffin Island. She taught for many years in elementary schools, high schools, and teacher education programs, as well as in the Interpreter/Translator Program at Nunavut Arctic College. Monica tried to retire at the age of 60, but the habit of going to work was hard to break. She was the National Inuit Language Coordinator at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami from 2016 to 2018 and is now Senior Inuktitut Editor at Inhabit Education, which she describes as her dream job. Coco Apunnguaq Lynge is a Kalaaleq/Danish illustrator and artist. She was born in Greenland and raised in Denmark, which has made her long for her Greenlandic roots. This longing often expresses itself through her personal work. She is a graduate of The Animation Workshop in Denmark, and has also studied multimedia and fashion design. As the son of a paper merchant and potter, Scott Plumbe's natural childhood curiosity resulted in endless summer days drawing and building things out of clay. It's no surprise that even today, he spends most days sketching and giving form to ideas. He is an award-winning artist who has illustrated dozens of stories. When not busy creating art for books, he works hard designing exhibits for museums, science centres and interpretive centres. Scott loves unpacking new stories and sharing each discovery with new audiences.