The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir

2016 Second Place Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Young Adult Literature
Publisher: 
University of Regina Press
Pub Date: 
February 2015
Pages: 
150
Fiction
Hardcover
ISBN: 
0889774579
Price: 
$21.95

This memoir offers a courageous and intimate chronicle of life in a residential school.

A retired fisherman and trapper, the author was one of an estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit, and Metis children who were taken from their families and sent to government-funded, church-run schools, where they were subjected to a policy of "aggressive assimilation."

As Augie Merasty recounts, these schools did more than attempt to mold children in the ways of white society. They were taught to be ashamed of their native heritage and, as he experienced, often suffered physical and sexual abuse.

But, even as he looks back on this painful part of his childhood, Merasty's sense of humour and warm voice shine through.

Authors: Joseph Auguste Merasty attended St. Therese Residential School in Sturgeon Landing, SK, from 1935 to 1944. Augie Merasty passed away February 2017 at the age of 87 in Prince Albert, SK.

David Carpenter is an award-winning author whose most recent works include The Literary History of Saskatchewan, Volumes 1 & 2. He lives in Saskatoon, SK.

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This memoir offers a courageous and intimate chronicle of life in a residential school.

A retired fisherman and trapper, the author was one of an estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit, and Metis children who were taken from their families and sent to government-funded, church-run schools, where they were subjected to a policy of "aggressive assimilation."

As Augie Merasty recounts, these schools did more than attempt to mold children in the ways of white society. They were taught to be ashamed of their native heritage and, as he experienced, often suffered physical and sexual abuse.

But, even as he looks back on this painful part of his childhood, Merasty's sense of humour and warm voice shine through.

Authors: Joseph Auguste Merasty attended St. Therese Residential School in Sturgeon Landing, SK, from 1935 to 1944. Augie Merasty passed away February 2017 at the age of 87 in Prince Albert, SK.

David Carpenter is an award-winning author whose most recent works include The Literary History of Saskatchewan, Volumes 1 & 2. He lives in Saskatoon, SK.

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