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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
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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 began writing as a translator and critic, but in the mid-1980s he turned to writing fiction. He is the author of four novels, three collections of short fiction, one book of poems, and three works of literary nonfiction. His most recent books have won more than a dozen literary awards, among which are the Independent Booksellers (NYC) Silver Medal for short fiction (Welcome to Canada), the Saskatchewan Book Awards’ “Book of the Year” (A Hunter’s Confession), the National CODE Award (The Education of Augie Merasty), and the prestigious Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence.
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Age:
13 to 18
Grade:
8 to 12
Editorial Reviews

"Historically significant." Publishers Weekly


"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

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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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