Broken Circle: The dark legacy of Indian Residential Schools: A Memoir by Theodore FontaineBroken Circle: The dark legacy of Indian Residential Schools: A Memoir by Theodore Fontaine

Broken Circle: The dark legacy of Indian Residential Schools: A Memoir

byTheodore Fontaine

Paperback | October 1, 2010

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Now an approved curriculum resource for grade 9–12 students in British Columbia and Manitoba.

Theodore (Ted) Fontaine lost his family and freedom just after his seventh birthday, when his parents were forced to leave him at an Indian residential school by order of the Roman Catholic Church and the Government of Canada. Twelve years later, he left school frozen at the emotional age of seven. He was confused, angry and conflicted, on a path of self-destruction. At age 29, he emerged from this blackness. By age 32, he had graduated from the Civil Engineering Program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and begun a journey of self-exploration and healing.

In this powerful and poignant memoir, Ted examines the impact of his psychological, emotional and sexual abuse, the loss of his language and culture, and, most important, the loss of his family and community. He goes beyond details of the abuses of Native children to relate a unique understanding of why most residential school survivors have post-traumatic stress disorders and why succeeding generations of First Nations children suffer from this dark chapter in history.

Told as remembrances described with insights that have evolved through his healing, his story resonates with his resolve to help himself and other residential school survivors and to share his enduring belief that one can pick up the shattered pieces and use them for good.

Theodore (Ted) Fontaine is a member and former chief of the Sagkeeng Ojibway First Nation in Manitoba. He attended the Fort Alexander and Assiniboia Indian Residential Schools from 1948 to 1960. As a youth, he played senior hockey across Western Canada before moving north to direct a mineral exploration crew in the Northwest Territorie...
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Title:Broken Circle: The dark legacy of Indian Residential Schools: A MemoirFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.51 × 5.51 × 0.55 inPublished:October 1, 2010Publisher:Heritage House PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:192661366X

ISBN - 13:9781926613666

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Read I had to read this book for my Aboriginal Culture course and I thought it was really interesting to hear his POV and what he remembers.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Great version of the residential school horror show
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent I thought it was an excellent book describing the in humane treatment these poor children and their parents had to endure. I'm pleased to see this book will be in the schools! Many people do not understand the effect of the white people trying to "civilize" the natives and how they totally ruined their way of life.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring at the end Not what I expected, found it "dry". But written well from his perspective. I had other expectations of this book.
Date published: 2014-06-10