Broken Circle

Broken Circle

The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential Schools : A Memoir

Book - 2010
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Theodore Fontaine lost his family and freedom just after his seventh birthday, when his parents were forced to leave him at an Indian residential school by order of the Roman Catholic Church and the Government of Canada. Twelve years later, he left school frozen at the emotional age of seven. He was confused, angry and conflicted, on a path of self-destruction. At age 29, he emerged from this blackness. By age 32, he had graduated from the Civil Engineering Program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and begun a journey of self-exploration and healing. He 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.
Publisher: Victoria [B.C.] : Heritage House, c2010
ISBN: 9781926613666
Branch Call Number: 970.54 F67b
Characteristics: 190 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 22 cm


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Loss of family, language, culture and community are considered in this powerful memoir of a boy taken from his home at the age of 7 and placed in the care of an abusive residential school.

Over the past few years, several excellent books have been published about the Canadian Residential School System. I think the first person memoirs are the most moving.

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Aug 19, 2017

Poorly written. Vanity project.

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