They called me number one : secrets and survival at an Indian residential school
They called me Number 1

They called me number one : secrets and survival at an Indian residential school
Xwi7xwa Library, University of British Columbia

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Cariboo (BC)
Sellars, Bev
Hemas Kla-Lee-Lee-Kla (Bill Wilson), Wendy Wickwire
"Xat'sull Chief Bev Sellars spent her childhood in a church-run residential school whose aim it was to 'civilize' Native children through Christian teachings, forced separation from family and culture, and discipline. In addition, beginning at the age of five, Sellars was isolated for two years at Coqualeetza Indian Turberculosis Hospital in Sardis, British Columbia, nearly six hours' drive from home. The trauma of these experiences has reverberated throughout her life.

The first full-length memoir to be published out of St. Joseph's Mission at Williams Lake, BC, Sellars tells of three generations of women who attended the school, interweaving the personal histories of her grandmother and her mother with her own. She tells of hunger, forced labour, and physical beatings, often with a leather strap, and also of the demand for conformity in a culturally alien institution where children were confined and denigrated for failure to be White and Roman Catholic"--publisher

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9780889227415; 0889227411
Foreward / Hemas Kla-Lee-Lee-Kla (Chief Bill Wilson) -- Preface - What pain have you suffered? -- Chapter 1 My grandmother and others before me -- Chapter 2 Sardis hospital = loneliness -- Chapter 3 St. Joseph's Mission = prison -- Chapter 4 I got religion but what did it mean? -- Chapter 5 The body was no temple -- Chapter 6 A few good memories -- Chapter 7 Pain, bullying, but also pleasure -- Chapter 8 Home sweet home -- Chapter 9 Summer of '67 -- Chapter 10 Life on the reserve -- Chapter 11 One day I realized I had survived -- Chapter 12 Becoming a leader -- Chapter 13 Going to university -- Chapter 14 Final thoughts -- Afterword / Wendy Wickwire.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Also issued in electronic format.
First Nations author - Xat'sull (Soda Creek) First Nation.


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