Canada's Residential Schools: The Legacy
The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Volume 5
“Anyone interested in Canadian history and the history of Native peoples will be intrigued by these publications, which are sure to be eye-opening. ” Library Journal
Canada’s Residential Schools: The Legacy describes what Canada must do to overcome the schools’ tragic legacy and move toward reconciliation with the country’s first peoples. For more than 125 years, Aboriginal children suffered abuse and neglect in residential schools run by the Canadian government and by churches. They were taken from their families and communities and confined in large, frightening institutions where they were cut off from their culture and punished for speaking their own language. Infectious diseases claimed the lives of many students, and those who survived lived in harsh and alienating conditions. There was little compassion and little education in most of Canada’s residential schools.
"These volumes contain a tremendous amount of information and data. Of special interest are the first-person accounts and the black-and-white photographs taken at the various schools. Anyone interested in Canadian history and the history of Native peoples will be intrigued by these publications, which are sure to be eye-opening. " - Library Journal