"This story of a child is heartbreaking and important. It brings into dramatic focus why we need reconciliation." - James Daschuk, author of Clearing the Plains
This memoir offers a courageous and intimate chronicle of life in a residential school.
Now a retired fisherman and trapper, the author 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 assimilation."
As Augie 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.
But, even as he looks back on this painful part of his childhood, Merasty's sense of humour and warm voice shine through.
CONTENTS A Note on the Text
A Note on the Text—vii
Augie and Me: An Introduction, by David Carpenter —ix
ONE School Days, School Days—1
TWO Hard Times—11
THREE The Passion of Sister Felicity—17
FOUR The Loves of Languir and Cameron—23
FIVE Brotherly Love and the Fatherland—29
SIX Father Lazzardo among the Children—37
SEVEN Sisters of the Night—41
Afterword, by David Carpenter—65
Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Merasty, Joseph Auguste, author
The education of Augie Merasty : a residential school memoir / Joseph
Auguste Merasty with David Carpenter.
Issued in print and electronic formats.
ISBN 978-0-88977-368-4 (bound).--ISBN 978-0-88977-370-7 (html).--
ISBN 978-0-88977-369-1 (pdf)
1. Merasty, Joseph Auguste--Childhood and youth. 2. Cree Indians--
Canada--Biography. 3. Native students--Canada--Biography. 4. Indians of
North America--Canada--Residential schools. 5. Cree Indians--Education--
Canada. I. Carpenter, David, 1941-, author II. Title. III. Title: Augie
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