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The Education of Augie Merasty

A Residential School Memoir

by Joseph Auguste (Augie) Merasty, contributions by David Carpenter

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list price: $21.95
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published: Feb 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.

About the Authors

Joseph Auguste (Augie) Merasty

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David Carpenter is the popular author of more than a dozen books including novels, short story collections, essays, hunting memoirs, a fishing guide and even a book of poetry. His books have won or been shortlisted for many national and regional writing awards. His fiction and non-fiction has also been published in most notable Canadian periodicals Born in Edmonton, David Carpenter moved to Saskatchewan as quickly as he could, and began writing books almost immediately afterwards. He taught for many years in the English Department at the University of Saskatchewan, as well as undertaking writing residencies and special instructor activities in Saskatchewan and beyond. He continues to live, and write, in Saskatoon.
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Contributor Notes

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 of Sturgeon Landing, Manitoba, from 1935 to 1944.

David Carpenter is a well-known, award-winning author of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, whose most recent works include The Literary History of Saskatchewan, Vols 1 & 2. Virtually all of Carpenter’s books are set in and inspired by the Canadian West.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
13 to 18
Grade:
8 to 12
Editorial Review

"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

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The Education of Augie Merasty: A residential school memoir

A courageous and intimate chronicle of life in a residential school, The Education of Augie Merasty highlights the urgent need for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

Though it may be a challenge for students to fathom the brutal experiences and inhuman conditions thousands of Aboriginal children encountered in residential schools, this memoir provides a first-hand account of one individual’s story. The book should be presented to students who want to learn more about this history and to grasp how the past informs our present and future.

Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Top Grade Selection 2016.

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