April's family tree- April had a heritage of mixed nationalities. Her father was "a little bit of this and a little bit of that and a whole lot of Indian." April's mother was part Irish and part Objibway. April inherited her mother's pale skin, while Cheryl inherited her father's darker skin.
Tuberculosis- April lived in Norway House in northern Manitoba until her father contracted tuberculosis. Her family was then forced to move to Winnipeg. Here is a link to more information on tuberculosis. http://www.lungusa.org/diseases/lungtb.html "Medicine"-April's parents referred to alcohol as "medicine". They told April and Cheryl that they were sick and that they took this medicine to make them "feel better".
Already in the first chapter of the book we see subtle hints at racism. First, April commented on how some people were rude to her mother when she went places. Although it never directly says that racist comments were involved, it is inferred. Secondly, when April and Cheryl went to play in the park, the white kids and the native children were calling each other names.
April's mom got fatter and fatter one year. She went to the hospital and came home with a new baby, named Anna. Anna was sick, however, and eventually the child and family services people came to pick up April and Cheryl since they did not feel that it was fit for them to live with their parents. April and Cheryl were taken to live with nuns until a foster home was found. Chapter 2
Cheryl and April got separated and placed in different foster homes. Cheryl went to live with the MacAdams family and April went to live with the Dions. Both families were very kind to the girls and they progressed rapidly. At the end of the chapter, Mrs. Dion gets sick so April must be moved to a new foster home.
April gets placed with a new foster family by the name of the DeRosiers. The mother and