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The Education of Augie Merasty

A Residential School Memoir

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ISBN: 9780889773684
format: Hardcover
series: The Regina Collection
pages: 105
publisher: University of Regina Press
pub. date: 2015-02-08

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The Education of Augie Merasty offers a courageous and intimate chronicle of life in a residential school.

Now a retired fisherman and trapper, Joseph A. (Augie) Merasty 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 assimiliation."

As 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.

Even as he looks back on this painful part of his childhood, Merasty's generous and authentic voice shines through.

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