My Heart Shook Like A Drum

My Heart Shook Like A Drum

What I Learned at the Indian Mission Schools, Northwest Territories

Book - 2009
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"Alice Blondin-Perrin is a Dene born in 1948 at Cameron Bay, Northwest Territories, from a good family, Edward and Eliza Blondin. Alice suffered through many years of abuse trying to fit into a new way of life in residential school. She was abused by Grey Nun supervisors upon entering St. Joseph's Roman Catholic School in 1952 at the age of four. She was hit over and over again but, little by little, the system changed her into a boarding-school ideology of being prim and proper while living with no love, no hugs and no explanations about life itself on a daily basis. Everything seemed sinful then. Upon leaving the residential school institutions, Alice had to learn everything about the outside world by herself and suffered from language barriers between her parents and the community. It took many years to learn about aboriginal culture and traditions, a heritage taken away by Government Initiatives. Despite this, she overcame those barriers by reading thousands of books to self-educate herself about life in general. She worked for thirty years at various jobs and raised two successful daughters. Alice now resides in Quebec with her husband, Dave."--Pub. website.
Publisher: Ottawa, Ontario :, Borealis Press,, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780888873750
Branch Call Number: ANF 371.829972 BLO
Characteristics: xii, 206 pages : illustrations, map, portraits ; 22 cm


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