With the Words and Images of SurvivorsBook - 2014
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The personal experiences and memories of sixty-five Canadian residential school survivors (and/or their family members) are recorded in Larry Loyie’s book, Residential Schools.
Accompanied by photos and archival images of the schools and students, the memories and testimonials are balanced by the inclusion of historical facts (such as a map with locations of these schools, a timeline and a glossary).
The title word “survivors” is key, given that a number of children died during their years at school, far from home. Those who did survive the neglect, abuse and deplorable conditions of residential schools were adversely impacted for the rest of their lives – as were their families. Loyie’s book gives voice to this reality.
There can be no doubt that the residential school system constitutes a truly shameful period in our country’s history. This informative book helps to shed a light on it.
Award-winning Cree author Larry Loyie is a survivor of the St. Bernard Mission residential school in Grouard, Alberta.
** Recommended for ages 12 years and up.
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