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The Education of Augie Merasty

A Residential School Memoir

by Joseph A. Merasty & David Carpenter

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published: Feb 2015
ISBN:9780889773684
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"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

This memoir offers a courageous and intimate chronicle of life in a residential school.

Now a retired fisherman and trapper, the author 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 assimilation."

As Augie 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.

But, even as he looks back on this painful part of his childhood, Merasty's sense of humour and warm voice shine through.

About the Authors

Joseph A. Merasty

Joseph Auguste Merasty attended St. Therese Residential School in Sturgeon Landing, SK, from 1935 to 1944. He lives in Prince Albert, SK.
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David Carpenter is the author of several books of fiction, including Jewels, Jokes for the Apocalypse and God's Bedfellows, and two non-fiction books, Fishing in the West and Writing Home. He has also won two Canadian Magazine Awards and two Western Magazine Awards for his essays. He lives and writes in Saskatoon, where he has also taught at the University of Saskatchewan.

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

"At 86, Augie Merasty has been a lot of things: Father. Son. Outdoorsman. Homeless. But now he is a first-time author, and the voice of a generation of residential-school survivors.... The Education of Augie Merasty is the tale of a man not only haunted by his past, but haunted by the fundamental need to tell his own story...one of the most important titles to be published this spring." Globe and Mail


"Historically significant." Publishers Weekly

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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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