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They called me number one : secrets and survival at an Indian residential school / Bev Sellars ; foreword by Hemas Kla-Lee-Lee-Kla (Bill Wilson) ; afterword by Wendy Wickwire.

Sellars, Bev. (Author).
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Location: Fennell STACKS E96.6.S45 2013
Barcode: 30731101170995
Status: Available
Location: Fennell STACKS E96.6.S45 2013
Barcode: 30731101208563
Status: Available

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  • ISBN: 0889227411
  • ISBN: 9780889227415
  • Physical Description: xx, 227 pages : illustrations, maps, charts ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: Vancouver, British Columbia : Talonbooks, 2013.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Foreword / by Hemas Kla-Lee-Lee-Kla (Chief Bill Wilson) -- Preface: what pain have you suffered? -- My grandmother and others before me -- Sardis hospital = loneliness -- St. Joseph's Mission = prison -- I get religion but what did it mean? -- The body was no temple -- A few good memories -- Pain, bullying, but also pleasure -- Home sweet home -- Summer of '67 -- Life on the reserve -- One day I realized I had survived -- Becoming a leader -- Going to university -- Final thoughts.
Summary, etc.:
One woman's account of triumphing over a childhood at an Indian Residential school.
Tells of three generations of women who attended St. Joseph's Mission, interweaving the personal histories of her grandmother and her mother with her own. She tells of hunger, forced labour, and physical beatings, often with a leather strap, and also of the demand for conformity in a culturally alien institution where children were conned and denigrated for failure to be White and Roman Catholic. Like Native children forced by law to attend schools across Canada and the United States, Sellars and other students of St. Joseph's Mission were allowed home only for two months in the summer and for two weeks at Christmas. The rest of the year they lived, worked, and studied at the school. St. Joseph's mission is the site of the controversial and well-publicized sex-related offences of Bishop Hubert O'Connor, which took place during Sellars's student days, between 1962 and 1967, when O'Connor was the school principal. After the school's closure, those who had been forced to attend came from surrounding reserves and smashed windows, tore doors and cabinets from the wall, and broke anything that could be broken. Overnight their anger turned a site of shameful memory into a pile of rubble. In this frank and poignant memoir, Sellars breaks her silence about the institution's lasting eects, and eloquently articulates her own path to healing.-- From publisher's description.
Subject: Sellars, Bev.
Sellars, Bev, > Family.
St. Joseph's Mission (Williams Lake, B.C.) > History.
Off-reservation boarding schools > British Columbia > Biography.
Indian girls > Crimes against > Biography.
Child sexual abuse by clergy > British Columbia.
Shuswap Indians > Education > British Columbia > Williams Lake > History.
Shuswap Indians > Biography.
Shuswap Indians > Crimes against.
Indigenous peoples > British Columbia > Residential schools.
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