The National Student Memorial Register was created to forever remember and honour the children who never returned home from residential schools. The development of this memorial register, and the print form of the memorial, is the result of work by countless people and the advice, guidance and blessings from Survivors, Elders and Knowledge Keepers.
The collection emphasizes audio and video recordings with the aim of connecting directly to the individual storytelling styles, personalities, emotions and experiences of Survivors. Recordings are primarily in English or Indigenous languages with English transcriptions or subtitles available.
Finding My Talk by Agnes Grant; Marlene Starr (Foreword by)
Publication Date: 2004-09-22
When residential schools opened in the 1830s, First Nations envisioned their own teachers, ministers, and interpreters. Instead, students were regularly forced to renounce their cultures and languages and some were subjected to degradations and abuses that left severe emotional scars for generations. In Finding My Talk, fourteen aboriginal women who attended residential schools, or were affected by them, reflect on their experiences.
Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton; Margaret-Olemaun Pokiak-Fenton
Publication Date: 2010-09-01
Eight-year-old Margaret Pokiak has set her sights on learning to read, even though it means leaving her village in the high Arctic. Faced with unceasing pressure, her father finally agrees to let her make the five-day journey to attend school, but he warns Margaret of the terrors of residential schools.
Broken Circle by Theodore Fontaine
Publication Date: 2010-09-01
Theodore (Ted) Fontaine lost his family and freedom just after his seventh birthday, when his parents were forced to leave him at an Indian residential school by order of the Roman Catholic Church and the Government of Canada. Twelve years later, he left school frozen at the emotional age of seven. He was confused, angry and conflicted, on a path of self-destruction. At age 29, he emerged from this blackness. By age 32, he had graduated from the Civil Engineering Program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and begun a journey of self-exploration and healing. In this powerful and poignant memoir, Ted examines the impact of his psychological, emotional and sexual abuse, the loss of his language and culture, and, most important, the loss of his family and community.
Resistance and Renewal by Celia Haig-Brown
Publication Date: 2002-07-01
One of the first books published to deal with the phenomenon of residential schools in Canada, Resistance and Renewal is a disturbing collection of Native perspectives on the Kamloops Indian Residential School(KIRS) in the British Columbia interior. Interviews with thirteen Natives, all former residents of KIRS, form the nucleus of the book, a frank depiction of school life, and a telling account of the system's oppressive environment which sought to stifle Native culture. Winner of the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize (BC Book Prize) in 1989. Now in its 9th printing.
I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis; Kathy Kacer; Gillian Newland (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2016-09-06
When eight-year-old Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school she is confused, frightened, and terribly homesick. She tries to remember who she is and where she came from, despite the efforts of the nuns who are in charge at the school and who tell her that she is not to use her own name but instead use the number they have assigned to her.
The mush hole : life at two Indian residential schools by Graham, Elizabeth, 1941-
Publication Date: 1997
Métis history and experience and residential schools in Canada
The Education of Augie Merasty by Joseph Auguste (Augie) Merasty; David Carpenter (Contribution by)
Publication Date: 2017-03-04
The harrowing story of one Indigenous child's experience in Canada's residential schools