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

Paperback | October 1, 2010

byTheodore Fontaine

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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.

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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 lat...

Theodore Fontaine is a member of the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba. He attended the Fort Alexander Indian Residential School from 1948 until 1958, and the Assiniboia Indian Residential School from 1958 to 1960. He led a mineral exploration crew in the Northwest Territories for a global mining corporation, was chief of the Sagkeeng ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:October 1, 2010Publisher:Heritage House PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:192661366X

ISBN - 13:9781926613666

Reviews

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
Rated out of 5 by from Yet again many Nations around the world knew that abuse was going on in schools but it was TABOO to talk about it, because the bully said so!!
Date published: 2012-12-19