The Marrow Thieves

A Teaching Guide by Dufferin-Peel CDSB

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About the Author: Cherie Dimaline

Cherie Dimaline is a writer and editor from the Georgian Bay Métis Community in Ontario who has published four books of short stories, literary fiction and young adult fiction. Her latest book, The Marrow Thieves, won the 2017 Governor General’s Award, the One Book - One Brampton competition, the prestigious Kirkus Prize for Young Readers in the US, the Amy Mathers Teen Writing Award and the Burt Award. It was a finalist for the White Pine Award, the Trillium Prize and The Swartz Award and was a selection for CBC’s 2018 Canada Reads.


The Marrow Thieves was also named a Book of Year on numerous lists including the National Public Radio, the School Library Journal, the New York Public Library, the Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire and the CBC, and has been the #1 national bestseller for young readers for 9 months. Cherie currently lives in Toronto, Ontario where she coordinates the annual Indigenous Writers’ Gathering. She recently signed a 4-book deal with Penguin Random House and has joined the MFA faculty at the Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


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Curriculum Links

Recommended for ENG1D/1P and NBE3C/U

Language Revitalization

Click here for resources on Language and Language Revitalization in The Marrow Thieves.

Climate Change Inquiry Project

Click here to view this assignment encourages you to produce a creative project that will demonstrate your core knowledge of the implications of Climate Change, the ramifications of which adversely affect the characters in the novel.

Marrow Thieves Essay Prompts

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Teacher Resource Sharing

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About this Resource

These lessons and resources were developed by DPCDSB educators, Jennifer Pouw, Social Science and Indigenous Studies Teacher, St. Thomas Aquinas C.S.S., and Paula Nevins,

Academic Consultant, Literacy 7-12 & Integrated Curriculum Design. Review and consultation credits to Adriana Alvaro, Academic Consultant, Literacy 7-12 & Integrated Curriculum Design. Special thanks to Dulcie Belchior (Principal of Program and Learning Services) and Carmel Murphy (Superintendent of Program and Learning Services).

Further Resources

Indigenous Studies Resource Bank

Curriculum Supports for and by Dufferin-Peel Teachers