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Social Science Indigenous Studies

A Long Journey

Residential Schools in Labrador and Newfoundland

by (author) Andrea Procter

ISER Books
Initial publish date
Sep 2020
Indigenous Studies, Cultural
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Left out of the national apology and reconciliation process begun in 2008, survivors of residential schools in Labrador and Newfoundland received a formal apology from the Canadian government in 2017. This recognition finally brought them into the circle of residential school survivors across Canada, and acknowledged their experiences as similarly painful and traumatic.

For years, the story of residential schools has been told by the authorities who ran them. A Long Journey helps redress this imbalance by listening closely to the accounts of former students, as well as drawing extensively on government, community, and school archives. The book examines the history of boarding schools in Labrador and St. Anthony, and, in doing so, contextualizes the ongoing determination of Indigenous communities to regain control over their children’s education.

About the author

Andrea Procter is an anthropologist with nearly twenty years of experience in working with Indigenous communities in Labrador. In 2017, she joined the Newfoundland and Labrador Healing and Commemoration project with James Igloliorte to document the stories of Labrador’s boarding schools. She has a Ph.D. from Memorial University.

Andrea Procter's profile page


  • Short-listed, The Honourable Edward Roberts History Book Award
  • Winner, Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award
  • Winner, Peter Cashin Prize
  • Short-listed, BMO Winterset Award
  • Winner, Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing
  • Winner, Clio Prize (Atlantic)

Editorial Reviews

"Procter delivers the most thorough examination of its kind."

Jenn Thornhill Verma, Atlantic Books Today

"A Long Journey is a compelling, necessary read."

The Telegram

"Andrea Procter's compelling and comprehensive book, A Long Journey: Residential Schools in Labrador and Newfoundland, amplifies and balances the personal and scholarly to provide a compassionate and measured depiction of the impacts felt by northern residents as a result of Moravian Mission and International Grenfell Association schools."

Jury, BMO Winterset Award

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