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Residential Schools

This guide contains resources about residential schools and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Featured Books from Your ATA Library

The Sleeping Giant Awakens

Confronting the truths of Canada's Indian Residential School system has been likened to waking a sleeping giant…The Sleeping Giant Awakens offers a unique and timely perspective on the prospects for conciliation after genocide, exploring how moving forward together is difficult in a context where many settlers know little of the residential schools and the ongoing legacies of colonization, and need to have a better conception of Indigenous rights.

Residential Schools: Righting Canada’s Wrongs

This book offers a detailed account of the origins of Canada's residential school system, its impact on First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, and the devastating findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's extensive inquiry.

Residential Schools and Reconciliation

Since the 1980s successive Canadian institutions, including the federal government and Christian churches, have attempted to grapple with the malignant legacy of residential schooling, including official apologies, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). In this book, Miller reveals a major obstacle to achieving reconciliation--the inability of Canadians at large to overcome their flawed, overly positive understanding of their country's history.

Power through Testimony

Power through Testimony documents how survivors are remembering and reframing our understanding of residential schools in the wake of the 2007 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, which includes the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a forum for survivors, families, and communities to share their memories and stories with the Canadian public.

Permanent Astonishment

Permanent Astonishment is Tomson's extravagant embrace of his younger brother's final words: "Don't mourn me, be joyful." His memoir offers insights, both hilarious and profound, into the Cree experience of culture, conquest, and survival.

Truth and Reconciliation in Canadian Schools

Pamela Toulouse provides current information, personal insights, authentic resources, interactive strategies and lesson plans that support Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners in the classroom. This book is for all teachers that are looking for ways to respectfully infuse residential school history, treaty education, Indigenous contributions, Indigenous perspectives, and sacred circle teachings into their classrooms.

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