As part of this course, I hope you will do some research and reading on your own about issues touched on in the novels we’re reading.
Here are some sites that will help you to learn a bit more about the history of the residential school systems and their continuing effects on indigenous peoples today:
Where Are the Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools is an incredible online multimedia exhibit that accompanies a physical exhibit touring Canada right now. I’d like you all to spend some time here learning more about the legacy of the residential school system. There’s lots of important information here that connects to the works we’re reading, including the sections on intergenerational impacts, educational materials, and shared stories. Make sure to take the time to check out some of the video clips.
From the website:
This virtual exhibition presents photographs largely from public and church archival collections, from as early as 1880 to the 1960s. Aboriginal youth want to know about the experiences of their parents and grandparents, the stories that have not been told. It is hoped that this website will bring healing and restore balance in Aboriginal communities by encouraging children to ask, and parents to answer, important questions about their family histories.
Here’s a good link that Shelley in our class found from Amnesty International: Soul Wound: The Legacy of the Native American Schools. This article helps to explain some of the differences between the US and Canadian systems.
In Canada this past week, there was an important conference about the effects of the residential school system. Here are a few media stories about that:
Residential schools conference draws crowd (CBC News)
Winnipeg Conference Probes Eight Generations of Residential School Damage (The Vancouver Sun)
Conference eyes legacy of residential school system (WInnipeg Free Press)