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Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

  • Introduction

    Magaret Pokiak is born on Holman Island in the Northwest Territories, Canada
  • Early Life

    Pokiak begs to attend the Immaculate Conception residential school because of her strong desire to learn to read despite its horrific reputation and her father's opposition
  • Personal Life

    She meets her husband, Lyle Fenton, while working for the Hudson’s Bay Company in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories. (date is unknown, but they met in her early twenties) Together they have 7 children:Doug, Lyle Jr., Margaret Jr., Garth, Shawn, Pine and Jane
  • Publishes First Story

    Publishes First Story
    Publishes her first short story "Fatty Legs" - a memoir about a young Inuvialuit girl's two years at a religious residential school. It is based on the experiences of Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, who cowrote the novel with her daughter-in-law Christy Jordan-Fenton
  • Passed Away

    Passed Away
    Margaret Olemaun Pokiak-Fenton was an Inuvialuit author of children's books, story keeper and a residential school survivor. She is known for her stories: "When I was Eight," "A Stranger at Home: A True Story" and "Not My Girl"