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Did You See Us”

Reunion, Remembrance, and Reclamation at an Urban Indian Residential School

edited by Andrew Woolford

by (author) Survivors of the Assiniboia Indian Residential School

Publisher
University of Manitoba Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2021
Category
Post-Confederation (1867-), Native American Studies, Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780887559259
    Publish Date
    Mar 2021
    List Price
    $94.95

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The Assiniboia school is unique within Canada's Indian Residential School system. It was the first residential high school in Manitoba and one of the only residential schools in Canada to be located in a large urban setting. Operating between 1958 and 1973 in a period when the residential school system was in decline, it produced several future leaders, artists, educators, knowledge keepers, and other notable figures. It was in many ways an experiment within the broader destructive framework of Canadian residential schools.

Stitching together memories of arrival at, day-to-day life within, and departure from the school with a socio-historical reconstruction of the school and its position in both Winnipeg and the larger residential school system, Did You See Us” offers a glimpse of Assiniboia that is not available in the archival records. It connects readers with a specific residential school and illustrates that residential schools were often complex spaces where forced assimilation and Indigenous resilience co-existed.

These recollections of Assiniboia at times diverge, but together exhibit Survivor resilience and the strength of the relationships that bond them to this day. The volume captures the troubled history of residential schools. At the same time, it invites the reader to join in a reunion of sorts, entered into through memories and images of students, staff, and neighbours. It is a gathering of diverse knowledges juxtaposed to communicate the complexity of the residential school experience.

About the authors

 

Andrew Woolford is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Manitoba. He is author of Between Justice and Certainty: Treaty Making in British Columbia (2005) and co-author of Informal Reckonings: Con-flict Resolution in Mediation, Restorative Justice, and Reparations (with R.S. Ratner, 2008).

 

Andrew Woolford's profile page

The Assiniboia Residential School Legacy Group is a non-profit organization with a mandate to: honour the legacy of the Assiniboia Residential School through commemorative and educational activities; promote positive and reconciliatory relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people; foster awareness, understanding and healing; feature cultural and language as interpreted and presented by the survivors of the Residential school.

 

Survivors of the Assiniboia Indian Residential School's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"This book is an excellent example of people telling their truths and a community realizing the mistakes of the past, coming together, and moving towards reconciliation. Within these stories, there are lessons that we can all learn from and step towards reconciliation."

Anishinabek News

"Did You See Us? It's the heartbreaking question any survivor of a residential school could ask. But in this case, it's the title of a book that includes firsthand accounts from 12 survivors who attended the Assiniboia Indian Residential School located in an upscale neighbourhood in Winnipeg."

Windspeaker

"Did You See Us” is a thoughtfully constructed, well-informed, true historical narrative. This collection tells the stories of the survivors who lived at Assiniboia during the residential and hostel years, shares the perspectives of the school's staff and the residents of neighbouring River Heights and presents relevant articles and artifacts alongside records from the school itself."

The Manitoban

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