Out of the depths : the experiences of Mi'kmaw children at the Indian Residential School at Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia
 

Out of the depths : the experiences of Mi'kmaw children at the Indian Residential School at Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia
Xwi7xwa Library, University of British Columbia

2015
Book
Related School
Shubenacadie (NS)
Creators
Knockwood, Isabelle
Contributors
Thomas, Gillian
Description
"In the 1880s, through an amendment to the Indian Act of 1876, the government of Canada began to require all Aboriginal children to attend schools administered by churches. Separating these children from their families, removing them from their communities and destroying Aboriginal culture by denying them the right to speak Indigenous languages and perform native spiritual ceremonies, these residential schools were explicitly developed to assimilate Aboriginal peoples into Canadian culture and erase their existence as a people.

Daring to break the code of silence imposed on Aboriginal students, residential school survivor Isabelle Knockwood offers the firsthand experiences of forty-two survivors of the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School. In their own words, these former students remember their first day of residential schooling, when they were outwardly transformed through hair cuts and striped uniforms marked with numbers. Then followed years of inner transformation from a strict and regimented life of education and manual training, as well as harsh punishments for speaking their own language or engaging in Indigenous customs. The survivors also speak of being released from their school — and having to decide between living in a racist and unwelcoming dominant society or returning to reserves where the Aboriginal culture had evolved"--publisher's website.
Language
English

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Alternate Title(s)
Experiences of Mi'kmaw children at the Indian Residential School at Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia
ISBN
9781552667293; 1552667294
Contents
Kwe' -- Preface to third edition: the code of silence -- Preface to the fourth edition: the Truth and Reconciliation Commission -- Origins -- Everyday life at the school -- Work and play -- Rewards and punishments -- Ghosts and hauntings -- resistance -- The end of the school -- The official story -- Out of the depths -- Reactions to the apology -- The process of the book: discussions between Isabelle and Gillian -- Spelling Mi'kmaw words.
Notes
"With a new chapter on the Prime Minister's apology."
Issued also in electronic format.
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