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Resistance and Renewal

Surviving the Indian Residential School

by (author) Celia Haig-Brown

Arsenal Pulp Press
Initial publish date
Apr 1988
Native American Studies
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 1988
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  • Age: 14
  • Grade: 9


One of the first books published to deal with the phenomenon of residential schools in Canada, Resistance and Renewal is a disturbing collection of Native perspectives on the Kamloops Indian Residential School(KIRS) in the British Columbia interior. Interviews with thirteen Natives, all former residents of KIRS, form the nucleus of the book, a frank depiction of school life, and a telling account of the system's oppressive environment which sought to stifle Native culture.
Winner of the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize (BC Book Prize) in 1989.
Now in its 9th printing.

About the author

Celia Haig-Brown is an educator and the author of the 1988 Resistance and Renewal: Surviving the Indian Residential School, winner of the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize (BC Book Prizes). The book will be published in a new edition in fall 2022 as Tsqelmucwilc: The Kamloops Indian Residential School―Resistance and a Reckoning. Her other books include Taking Control: Power and Contradiction and With Good Intentions: Euro-Canadian and Aboriginal Relations in Colonial Canada (both UBC Press). Recently, she has turned to documentary film and has been shown at the Smithsonian Film Festival in New York and the Irving International Film Festival in California.

Celia Haig-Brown's profile page


  • Winner, Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize

Editorial Reviews

Demonstrates that the experiences of the past, however painful, are valuable for future generations.
-Northeast Indian

Northeast Indian

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Resistance and Renewal: Surviving the Indian Residential School

This book provides a revealing and disturbing look at the residential school experience using accounts of survivors to support the author’s narrative. It focuses primarily on former students of the Kamloops Indian Residential School. The book is broken into sections that address what the schools were supposed to do, how they operated, the transition from home to school, what life was like, the students’ resistance to the treatment they received, what awaited them when they went home, as well as a final segment dealing with the overall responses to the system.

This title won the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize of the BC Book Prizes in 1989. This current edition has been updated with a new preface by the author.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2007-2008.

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