Indian School Days is the humourous, bitter-sweet autobiography by Ojibwe linguist and storyteller Basil Johnston who was taken from his family at age ten and placed in Jesuit boarding school in northern Ontario. It was 1939 when the feared Indian agent visited Basil Johnston's family and removed him and his four-year-old sister to St. Peter Claver's school, run by the priests in a community known as Spanish, 75 miles from Sudbury. Spanish was a word synonymous with residential school, penitentiary, reformatory, exile, dungeon, whippings, kicks, slaps, all rolled into one.
OUT OF PRINT Residential Schools: The Stolen Years is a collection of writings by First Nations survivors of residential schools in Canada. This collection first published in 1993 includes essays, poetry, short stories, and speeches from 21 survivors or children of residential school survivors. The selections detail the feelings of former students as they struggle to understand the tragedy of the church- and state-run schools. The stories also deal with the pain, and the need to find healing.
In Dancing the Dream: The First Nations and the Church in Partnership, First Nations people tell their stories and reflect on their spirituality in relation to the church. Native and Non-Native members of the Anglican faith document their historic relationship and current healing initiatives. Includes the residential school experiences of seven survivors, a brief history of church-run schools, and the Primate's apology. Illustrations by Teresa Altiman from Walpole Island First Nation capture the spiritual anguish and healing of First Nations members of the Anglican faith.