About the Book
In ten stories penned by St. Mother Teresa Catholic Academy’s 2017/2018 grade eleven Native Studies English students and illustrated by grade nine Native Studies Art students, characters embark on journeys to explore their identities and accept themselves amidst adversity. St. Mother Teresa Catholic Academy's Native Studies English teacher, Jol-Christine Molina, and Native Art teacher, Julia DiCarlo, hoped this collaborative project would give students an opportunity to help bring to life the stories of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada that are often forgotten. In these stories, a girl leaves her home in hopes of finding a new one. Enemies learn to forgive. Siblings get lost in the woods. A brother longs to reconnect with his missing sister. A young woman seeks love, but is met with heartbreak. Addressing themes of identity, discrimination, fear, bravery, and love, Lacuna, which means the missing part, was written as a means to bridge the gap in literature and voice the challenges faced by Indigenous Peoples today.