Residential Schools

Residential Schools

With the Words and Images of Survivors

Book - 2014
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Publisher: Brantford, Ontario :, Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre/Indigenous Education Press,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780993937101
Characteristics: 103 pages :,illustrations (some coloured), coloured map ;,21 x 27 cm.


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SPL_Childrens Jun 22, 2016

A review of this book can be found under "Summary". (The review also appeared in the Stratford Gazette in June 2016.)

Aug 16, 2015

"From what I hear, there wasn't a formal search until months later. Then, we never heard anything again for years and years," says Bobby's older sister Priscilla Bird. "Everyday I hoped and prayed that someday I would see him again."

It wasn't until December of 1999, that Bobby's body would be identified.

"They came down and took blood samples from us," explains Bird. Then, "They phoned me and said it was positive."

"It's something that we've all carried with us for many years."

Bird hopes that the public will learn about her brother's story through Bergmann's song.

"I know there's a lot of other people that lost family members through the residential school system," she says. "Maybe if we share our story…it can help others that are going through the same thing."

Bergmann echoes those sentiments. He hopes that his song will honour all of the children who suffered at residential schools.

"I wanted to turn Bobby into a legend -- a symbol of all of those kids who disappeared," says Bergmann. "People should hear this song and they should just weep. This nation should weep … and ask for forgiveness."

Take a listen to "The Legend of Bobby Bird":

The plight of Indigenous children recently made headlines, as Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission released a damning report calling the country's long-held policy of removing Native children from their families by force and placing them in state-funded residential schools "cultural genocide." According to the report, even before Canada was founded in 1867, churches were operating boarding schools for Indigenous children, and the last federally supported residential school didn't close until the late 1990s.

In the US, Native children were subjected to similar policies for more than a century. Article VII of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868...

May 16, 2015

Essentially a glossy-page coffee table book. Perhaps suitable as a biased introduction to the subject for juvenile audiences.


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SPL_Childrens Jun 22, 2016

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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