New Books on Residential Schools in the Woodland Cultural Centre Library

Posted 15/02/04 in NEWS

The WCC Library focuses on collecting as much material on Residential Schools as we can find.  This year we have been able to add  the following titles to our collection.

Residential Schools: With The Words And Images Of Survivors   Included in this book are memories of more than 70 former students and family members.  Seven comprehensive chapters address key issues from “Why did it happen?” and the meaning of culture and traditions to coping with a new life and healing in a changing world.

Truth and Indignation: Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian residential schools.  The TRC will be ending its mandate in May 2015.  The journey is documented here in this book.

Up Ghost River   Edmund Metatawabin survived one of Canada’s worst residential schools, St. Anne’s in northern Ontario, now notorious for the range of punishments that staff and teachers inflicted on students.

The Dance of Wiindigo and Nanaboozhou: An Indigenous Journey Through Hatred And Violence   This is a celebration of traditional teachings of Elders, activists, teachers and Wisdom Keepers of diverse Indigenous nations across this land.  It addresses the realities of residential schools, child welfare and many other issues that give rise to hatred and violence.

When I Was Eight, Not My Girl, and A Stranger At Home: A True Story are three books by Christy Jordan-Fenton that continue the story of Fatty Legs.  Life after residential school is sometimes more traumatic than life at residential school.  The stories here are heart wrenching.

Kookum’s Red Shoes   In this story for young readers we see what was lost, her life, and how goodness persisted, as the elderly Kookum remembers the experiences in her youth that changed her life forever.

7 Generations, and Sugar Falls are two graphic novels about residential schools.  A picture is worth a thousand words and these pictures are amazing.  You feel like you are there experiencing the pain.

Good For Nothing   Nipinish, a young Metis man is thrown out of residential school with the prediction that he will end up in jail, a drunk who beats his wife and children, and a shame to everyone.  The principal tells him he is Good For Nothing.  What will happen to him?

God And The Indian is a play by Drew Hayden Taylor and Where the Blood Mixes is a play by Kevin Loring.  Both plays tell the story of life after residential school. 

Bear Bones and Feathers, and Don’t Stand Too Close: You Might Get Some On You, contain poems about residential school.  Both books are about healing and leaving a record for the children and grandchildren.

Mary Jane Miller has a chapter “Haunting Public Discourse: The Representation of Residential Schools in CBC Television Drama” in Programming Reality: Perspectives on English-Canadian Television.  The fact that there are films on this subject since 1989 with the Movie Where The Spirit Lives is discussed here.

All these books are in the Residential Schools section of the Woodland Cultural Centre Library.