Tuesday, January 13, 2015 |
The Education of Augie Merasty offers a courageous and intimate chronicle of life in a residential school.
Now a retired fisherman and trapper, Joseph A. (Augie) Merasty was one of an estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Metis children who were taken from their families and sent to government-funded, church-run schools, where they were subjected to a policy of "aggressive assimiliation."
As Merasty recounts, these schools did more than attempt to shape children in the ways of white society. They were taught to be ashamed of their native heritage and, as he experienced, often suffered physical and sexual abuse. Even as he looks back on this painful part of his childhood, Merasty's generous and authentic voice shines through. (From University of Regina Press)