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Raymond Mason Online Book Launch

Thursday Nov 12 2020 7:00 pm, Virtual, Online Book Launch
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Join Raymond Mason for the online launch of Spirit of the Grassroots People: Seeking Justice for Indigenous Survivors of Canada's Colonial Education System (McGill-Queen's University Press) featuring Chief Glenn Hudson (Peguis First Nation) and a conversation hosted by Dr. Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair.

Registration is required to participate directly in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on YouTube and available for viewing thereafter.

Raymond Mason is an Ojibway activist who campaigns for the rights of residential school survivors and a founder of Spirit Wind, an organization that played a key role in the development of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement. This memoir offers a firsthand account of the personal and political challenges Mason confronted on this journey.

A riveting and at times harrowing read, Spirit of the Grassroots People describes the author's experiences in Indian day and residential schools in Manitoba and his struggles to find meaning in life after trauma and abuse. Mason details the work that he and his colleagues did over many years to gain recognition and compensation for their suffering. Drawing from Indigenous oral traditions as well as Western historiography, the work applies the concept of two-eyed seeing to the histories of colonialism and education in Canada.

Raymond Mason is a respected survivor, activist, and Elder who resides in Peguis First Nation, Manitoba.

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Spirit of the Grassroots People

- Raymond Mason , Jackson Pind , Theodore Michael Christou

Hardcover $28.95
Reader Reward Price: $26.06

Raymond Mason is an Ojibway activist who campaigns for the rights of residential school survivors and a founder of Spirit Wind, an organization that played a key role in the development of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement. This memoir offers a firsthand account of the personal and political challenges Mason confronted on this journey. A riveting and at times harrowing read, Spirit of the Grassroots People describes the author's experiences in Indian day and residential schools in Manitoba and his struggles to find meaning in life after trauma and abuse. Mason details the work that he and his colleagues did over many years to gain recognition and compensation for their suffering. Drawing from Indigenous oral traditions as well as Western historiography, the work applies the concept of two-eyed seeing to the histories of colonialism and education in Canada. The memoir is supplemented by a final chapter in which Theodore Michael Christou and Jackson Pind put Mason's story into a historical and educational context. An essential key to understanding the legacy of Indian residential and day schools, this text is both a documentation of history and a deeply personal story of a human experience.