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

October 1, 2010|
Broken Circle: The dark legacy of Indian Residential Schools: A Memoir by Theodore Fontaine
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“Too many survivors of Canada’s Indian residential schools live to forget. Theodore Fontaine writes to remember." - Hana Gartner, CBC''s The Fifth Estate

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:PaperbackProduct dimensions:208 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.6 inShipping dimensions:208 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.6 inPublished:October 1, 2010Publisher:Heritage House PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:192661366X

ISBN - 13:9781926613666

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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