Residential Schools Resources
Based on the book of the same name. Streamed video and DVD available.
A Knock on the Door by Phil Fontaine (Foreword by); Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Staff; Aimée Craft (Afterword by)
Call Number: E96.5 .T778
Publication Date: 2015
Available at Barrie, Orillia, Owen Sound, and Midland campuses. "It can start with a knock on the door one morning. It is the local Indian agent, or the parish priest, or, perhaps, a Mounted Police officer." So began the school experience of many Indigenous children in Canada for more than a hundred years, and so begins the history of residential schools prepared by the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC).
Stolen children: Truth and reconciliation by CBC
Call Number: E96.5 .S735
Publication Date: 2008
DVD. Available at Barrie, Orillia, and Owen Sound
Broken Circle by Fontaine, T.
Call Number: E 96.5 F66 2010
Publication Date: 2010
Available at Barrie campus. 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. 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. He goes beyond details of the abuses of Native children to relate a unique understanding of why most residential school survivors have post-traumatic stress disorders and why succeeding generations of First Nations children suffer from this dark chapter in history.
Kahnawà:ke: Factionalism, Traditionalism, and Nationalism in a Mohawk Community by Gerald F. Reid; Gerald Reid
Call Number: e-book
Publication Date: 2004
Today Kahnawà:ke ("at the rapids") is a community of approximately seventy-two hundred Mohawks, located on the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River near Montreal. One of the largest Mohawk communities, it is known in the modern era for its activism--a traditionalist, energetic impulse with a long history. Kahnawà:ke examines the development of traditionalism and nationalism in this Kanien'keká:ka (Mohawk) community from 1870 to 1940. Drawing on primary documents and numerous oral histories, Kahnawà:ke provides a detailed ethnohistory of a major Kanien'keká:ka community at a turbulent and transformative time in its history and the history of the Iroquois Confederacy. Included in this book is a discussion of the Indian day school in the community.
Beyond Truth & Reconciliation
Beyond 94 (CBC News)
"The site provides up-to-date status reports on each call to action, as well as extensive summaries explaining those status reports. It includes in-depth features and short video documentaries that tell some of the community stories behind the calls to action. It also features residential school survivors sharing their experiences." (CBC News)
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