The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir by Joseph Auguste (Augie) MerastyThe Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir by Joseph Auguste (Augie) Merasty

The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir

byJoseph Auguste (Augie) MerastyContribution byDavid Carpenter

Hardcover | February 8, 2015

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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.
A retired fisherman and trapper, Joseph Auguste (Augie) Merasty is a Canadian Indian Residential School survivor. One of an estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit, and Metis children who were taken from their families and sent to the government-funded, church-run schools. Merasty attended St. Therese Residential School in the community...
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Title:The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School MemoirFormat:HardcoverDimensions:105 pages, 6.83 × 4.55 × 0.54 inPublished:February 8, 2015Publisher:University of Regina PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889773688

ISBN - 13:9780889773684

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful This is a very powerful story about the struggles and abuse within residential schools. The memoir also focuses on how many former residents suffer even after leaving the residential schools.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Augie's immortality You, as a Canadian citizen, need to read this book. It is similar to reading a holocaust memoir. It is horrific. But it is important. This is Canada's ugly, disgusting, history. The residential leaders did awful, awful things to very vulnerable children.
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Child's History is given to people who Hard to describe the narrative, Augie is both the child in the scene and narrator. Both a compassionate and unsparing story. I agree with Mr. Taubman, this is essential reading.
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book is Augie's immortality. A very odd book to rate. Very small, no traditional narrative structure or style. It's an edited collection of letters and interviews smoothed out and turned into a single account of the Residential Schools. If anything, this is a book that will be studied. It's a primary source document rather than a commentary or history. It will be an exercise in oral history. It's a unique and valuable project that deserves to essential Canadian reading.
Date published: 2015-04-14

Editorial Reviews

"This story of a child is heartbreaking and important. It brings into dramatic focus why we need reconciliation." - James Daschuk, author of Clearing the Plains