Broken Circle

Heritage HouseSKU: 9781926613666

Theodore Fontaine
Grade Levels:
Ten, Eleven, Twelve, Adult Education, College, University
Ojibwe, Subarctic
Book Type:
Heritage House
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Broken Circle: The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential Schools, A Memoir is a first-person account of the residential school experience by Theodore Fontaine from the Sagkeeng First Nation. Removed from his family and home community at the age of seven, Fontaine writes about 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 during his time at residential school. He attended Fort Alexander Indian Residential School, run by the Oblates for twelve years. After leaving the school the young man was confused, angry and conflicted. The years passed by as he took on a number of occupations and by the age of 30 emerged with a new outlook and a diploma from the Civil Engineering Program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. The remaining years were spent on his personal healing journey. He has resolved to help himself and other residential school survivors and to share his enduring belief that one can pick up the shattered pieces and use them for good. Fontaine's first-person account balances difficult memories with an affirmation of pride in his First Nation heritage. This book is straight-forward and honest as it explains one man's life-long journey to healing following his residential school experience. Highly recommended. First Nation Communities Read 2012 title.

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