Aggie and Mudgy: Journey of Two Kaska Dena Children

Wendy Proverbs is an emerging Indigenous author of Kaska Dena descent. She holds a BA and MA in anthropology from the University of Victoria. Like thousands of Indigenous people across Canada, as an infant she was caught in the sweeping scoop of Indigenous children taken from their birth families and was only reunited with biological family members as a young adult. She has acted as a community liaison with Indigenous communities and strives to help younger generations, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, learn more about their past.

Wendy Proverbs’ ancestry is Kaska-Dena from her birth mother. She is a member of the Liard First Nation. She was born in Prince George, in north central British Columbia. As an infant Wendy was adopted into a loving Prince George family.

Wendy graduated from the University of Victoria in 2012 with an MA in Anthropology and Indigenous Studies. Wendy’s interests include: families in all their extraordinary dimensions, social issues pertaining to Indigenous Peoples, painting, visual arts, stories, film, literature, travel and writing. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia with her husband.

She is a proud mother to a son and daughter, and grandmother to two young grandsons.

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“Wendy Proverbs skillfully weaves a story.

In Aggie and Mudgy, Wendy Proverbs skillfully weaves a story that invites young readers to engage in a learning experience articulated within a structure reflective of traditional storytelling. Proverbs’s story not only provides insight into the reality of the removal of children to residential schools, but also gives insights and examples of Kaska Dena culture and traditions. These characters will stay with young readers and inspire them to embark on further learning.”

Michelle Good, Award-winning author of Five Little Indians

“An important recounting of the Dene experience.

An important recounting of the Dene experience where children were removed from their families and taken impossibly great distances to residential schools. Aggie and Mudgy highlights how imperative it was for even the very young, such as these two Kaska Dena girls, to become their own heroes. An example of the enduring legacy of intergenerational memory and of honouring and keeping the stories of these children alive.”

Christy Jordan-Fenton, Co-author of Fatty Legs: A True Story

“Aggie and Mudgy is a beautiful book.

This story captures the warmth of family, then the heartbreak of a family, and finally comes full circle to the love in a family. The new sights and experiences on their journey keep one interested. The ending made me cry in a good way. I highly recommend this book.”

Bev Sellars, Author of They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School
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