Finding My Talk

How Fourteen Canadian Native Women Reclaimed their Lives after Residential School

By (author) Agnes Grant
Foreword by Marlene Starr
Categories: Social Science
Publisher: Fifth House Publishers
Paperback : 9781894856577, 224 pages, September 2004


When residential schools opened in the 1830s, First Nations envisioned their own teachers, ministers, and interpreters. Instead, students were regularly forced to renounce their cultures and languages and some were subjected to degradations and abuses that left severe emotional scars for generations. In Finding My Talk, fourteen aboriginal women who attended residential schools, or were affected by them, reflect on their experiences. They describe their years in residential schools across Canada and how they overcame tremendous obstacles to become strong and independent members of aboriginal cultures and valuable members of Canadian society.

Biographies include:

  • Eleanor Brass, Journalist, Plains Cree, Saskatchewan,
  • Rita Joe, Poet/Writer, Mi?kmaq, Nova Scotia,
  • Alice French, Writer, Inuit, Northwest Territories
  • Shirley Sterling, School Administrator/Storyteller, Nlakapmux, British Columbia,
  • Doris Pratt, Education Administrator/Language Specialist, Dakota, Manitoba,
  • Edith Dalla Costa, School Counsellor, Woodland Cree, Alberta,
  • Sara Sabourin, Community Worker, Ojibway, Ontario.

Dr. Agnes Grant worked with the Native Teacher Training programs at Brandon University, Manitoba, for thirty years. As an administrator and professor, she spent much of her time in remote communities. Dr. Grant is the author of No End of Grief: Indian Residential Schools in Canada and three other books. She lives in Winnipeg.