A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System, 1879-1986 is the 2017 reissue of University of Manitoba Press's groundbreaking history of the residential schools that exposed details of the system that sought to "civilize" and Christianize thousands of Indigenous children. Almost 20 years ago A National Crime by historian John S. Milloy's outstanding history was released. Using previously unreleased government documents accessed during his work for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, A National Crime was one of the first comprehensive studies of the history of residential schools, and it remains a powerful indictment of the racist and colonial policies that inspired and sustained them. A National Crime convincingly argues that, rather than bringing Indigenous children in to what its planners called the circle of civilization, the schools more often provided an inferior education in an atmosphere of neglect, disease, and abuse. This new edition features a foreword by Mary Jane Logan McCallum.