The Education of Augie Merasty

The Education of Augie Merasty

A Residential School Memoir

Book - 2015
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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 mold 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.
Publisher: Saskatchewan, Canada :, University of Regina Press,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780889773684
Branch Call Number: ANF 371.82997 MER
Characteristics: xxxvii, 76 pages : illustration ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Carpenter, David 1941-

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Ifeoluwasola_0
Jan 08, 2017

I felt priviledged to be able to share in the memories of Augie Merasty. More than anything else, the background of writing the book revealed the deep and inadvertent results of being in reaidential schools. The background, in fact, more than the memoire itself showed the real consequences of residential school, the story in which the country has a "dark and complicit past."

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rpavlacic
Jan 21, 2016

The residential school system was a blight in Canada's otherwise proud history. From 1876 to 1993, tens of thousands of aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their homes and made to attend boarding schools either on larger reservations or in major cities. Most of these were run by churches. During this time, thousands were mentally, physically and sexually abused with full state immunity for the perpetrators. It was only in 2008 that a formal apology was made by the government and the churches, but the reparation payments did not go near enough to compensate the victims for what they went through. This brief but vital book tells the story of one victim from his perspective attending one such residential school for nine years and the impact it had on him. There are thousands more like him.

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mogie
Jan 01, 2016

This book provides insight into the tragedy of Residential Schools in Canada. It did not explore the psychological repercussions of the atrocities experienced in great depth but provides a basic understanding of what occurred. I found the story interesting and am glad that the author included the challenges that he experienced in writing the book.

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muffinpopcorn
Aug 19, 2015

Not as good/ informative as I had expected ,but I persevered and finished it . Disappointing book .

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mclarjh
Jul 13, 2015

Disappointing. The survivor strikes me as unreliable, and many of his stories are second hand, not directly experienced. The editor puts himself first too often and adds little to the book. Still, a slight glimpse into one man's residential school experience.

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ViviaWal
Mar 21, 2015

The Globe and Mail book section for March 21st has background on this author and the journey to having his work published.

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