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The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir
Joseph Auguste Merasty with David Carpenter
A retired fisherman and trapper who sometimes lived rough on the streets, Augie Merasty was one of an estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit, and Métis 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 Merasty recounts, these schools did more than attempt to mould children in the ways of white society. They were taught to be ashamed of their heritage and, as he experienced, often suffered physical and sexual abuse.
A courageous and intimate memoir, The Education of Augie Merasty is the story of a child who faced the dark heart of humanity, let loose by the cruel policies of a bigoted nation. But even as he looks back on this painful part of his childhood, Merasty's sense of humour and warm voice shine through.
AGE GROUP: | Seniors | Adults |
EVENT TYPE: | Local History | Indigenous | Book Clubs |
TAGS: | Local History | Indigenous | Book Club |
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