When Shelagh was in school, aboriginal people were pretty well missing from the history curriculum. One of the ways she learned about this missing history was though fiction written by writers with an aboriginal connection. Today, some of those books, like Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden and Richard Wagamese's novel Indian Horse, are being taught in school.
Joseph Boyden's Three Day Road is the story of two young native men who are snipers during the First World War. Joseph drew on the lives of two real life aboriginal war heroes in the novel and the book brought Joseph to national and international attention.
Richard Wagamese is from the Ojibway Nation in Ontario and he now lives in Kamloops, British Columbia. His most recent novel, Indian Horse, was a Canada Reads contender this year. It is the story of Saul Indian Horse, a young Ojibway boy who is separated from his family and sent to residential school. Saul finds solace from the horrors of residential school through the game of hockey.
Richard and Joseph were invited to speak at Royal St. George's College in Toronto where the grade eleven class was studying their books. Shelagh interviewed both authors in front of an audience of parents and students. The theme of the evening was "Storytelling as Redemption". We hope enjoy this extended version of their conversation.