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I am of Moose Cree Ancestry from Northern Ontario and the Grandson of a St.Anne's Residential School Survivor. I'm a 2nd generation, Intergenerational Trauma Survivor as a result of horrific childhood abuse as a result of the horrors my Ancestors endured at St.Anne's .
I began my Healing Journey back in Mid-May of last year within a week of the first 215 recoveries at the former Kamloops NDN Residential School, and the horrors I was confronted with about Residential Schools and specifically St.Anne’s Residential School where my Intergenerational Trauma all began. Needless to say, this has been an extremely painful year for me.
I had read a review about this book and how healing it has been for many and so I decided to buy and read it myself as a w ay to help me on my own Healing Journey.
I have read and listened to the stories of many Survivors of Residential Schools, and even though the characters and their pwrsonal experiences are fictional, that is the only thing that is fictional. The experiences included about Residential Schools however are VERY much REAL!
The horrors of Residential Schools continue to live with all Indigenous People in not only here in Canada, but throughout the World on lands that were originally Indigenous. The Intergenerational Trauma that exists within the descendants of Residential School Survivors as well as the other Assimilation Policies is real and is lasting.
This is definitely a MUST READ book for all those who truly want to learn about Canada's real history that continues to impact Indigenous Communities. If not done already, this book also needs to be added to the school curriculum so that students can learn the truth in a much deeper way than they already are!
A referral by a friend who had read Michelle Good's book brought my attention to a part of our history which I wish I had learned in high school. This book should be added to 1st year high school history, MUST READ.
This book will stay with me for some time. It made me realize the effect residential schools had on generations of indigenous people (not just the children in the schools). I can't believe as a society we let this happen. What were we thinking??
I really enjoyed the book and couldn't put it down. I liked the character development and I felt connected to each of the characters. Having worked in the Downtown Eastside for many years, and at the Juvenile Detention Centre in Burnaby, I had some very long lasting relationships as a nurse with indigenous people. It is from my relationships with indigenous people with similar stories that I commented I would give a 3 star to the book. I found the ending too unrealistic and while it would have been great if it happened that way in real life, it was too fairy tale for me. So it seemed to me the author ended the book with a feel good situation that really didn't work. 3 star may be a bit harsh, but at least one star off for the ending.
Excellent read! Even though it is technically a fictional book the stories within provide valuable insight and truth into the experiences of residential school survivors. Reading this should encourage readers to research more about residential schools. I feel every Canadian should take the time to read this!!!
A marvellous — and timely — novel. Many decades ago, our colonialist, white supremacist made a deal with the devil (masquerading as God’s advocates): take the savage out of these savages. The churches accepted the bounty and promptly set up “schools” (total institutions) to remove the little ‘savages’ from their toxic cultures and civilize them. The methods used were vicious, cruel, abusive (physically, emotionally, sexually)…in short: soul-destroying. Yet, as the author (herself a member of the Cree nation) documents, the resocialization had multi-layered, generational consequences and effects. While there was destruction and death and cultural disruption, there was also enormous resistance and courage. This book celebrates the strength of this courage, connection and the unbroken human spirit. Despite abuse/rejection…humanity prevails.
The moral of this history: dehumanization obliterates humane treatment of/attitudes toward “others” (cf. prisons, mental hospitals, homes for ‘developmentally handicapped’…)…