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A Knock on the Door

A Knock on the Door

by Aimee Craft

The Essential History of Residential Schools
(Truth & Reconciliation Commission)

Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors

by Agnes Jack

Stories from the Kamloops Indian Residential School

Broken Circle

Broken Circle

by Theodore Fontaine

The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential Schools: A Memoir

Clearing the Plains

Clearing the Plains

by James Daschuk

Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life

Clifford: A Memoir, A Fiction, A Fantasy, A Thought Experiment

Clifford: A Memoir, A Fiction, A Fantasy, A Thought Experiment

by Harold R. Johnson

When Harold Johnson returns to his childhood home in a northern Saskatchewan Indigenous community for his brother Clifford’s funeral, the first thing his eyes fall on is a chair. It stands on three legs, the fourth broken off and missing.

Finding My Talk: How Fourteen Canadian Native Women Reclaimed their Lives after Residential School

Finding My Talk: How Fourteen Canadian Native Women Reclaimed their Lives after Residential School

by Agnes Grant

Fourteen aboriginal women who attended residential schools, or were affected by them, reflect on their experiences.

Firewater: How Alcohol Is Killing My People (and Yours)

Firewater: How Alcohol Is Killing My People (and Yours)

by Harold Johnson

A passionate call to action examines alcohol—its history, the myths surrounding it, and its devastating impact on Indigenous people.

From Our Mother's Arms The Integenerational Impact of Residential Schools in Saskatchewan

From Our Mother's Arms The Integenerational Impact of Residential Schools in Saskatchewan

by Constance Deiter

A collection of personal stories recounting experiences in and the impact of Residential school survivors in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Pennsylvania.

From Truth to Reconciliation: Transforming the Legacy of Residential Schools

From Truth to Reconciliation: Transforming the Legacy of Residential Schools

by Marlene Brant Castellano, Linda Archibald & Mike De Gagne, eds.

This is a collection of papers and brief reflections from more than thirty contributors who have worked to create just and inclusive societies in Canada and abroad.

I Walk in Two Worlds

I Walk in Two Worlds

by Eleanor Brass

Eleanor Brass begins her autobiography with a foreword that briefly rehearses the stages of her life. Her life spans a historical period which begins with the homestead policy and matures during the years of renewed organised Indian political activit

In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation

In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation

by Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail

This collection of essays from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous contributors from across Canada welcomes readers into a timely, healing conversation—one we've longed for but, before now, have had a hard time approaching.

Indian School Days

Indian School Days

by Basil H. Johnston

The humorous bittersweet autobiography of Basil Johnston, a native Ojibway, who was taken from his family at age 10 and placed in a residential school in northern Ontario

Indian School Road: Legacies of the Shubenacadie Residential School

Indian School Road: Legacies of the Shubenacadie Residential School

by Chris Benjamin

Journalist Chris Benjamin tackles the controversial and tragic history of the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School, its predecessors, and its lasting effects, giving voice to multiple perspectives for the first time.

John Tootoosis

John Tootoosis

by Jean Goldwill & Norma Siuman, eds.

Oral history of the Cree leader John Tootoosis by his daughter, Jean Goodwill. Tootoosis grew up on the Poundmaker Reserve and became an important figure in the League of Indians of Canada during the 1930s.

My Heart Shook Like a Drum:  What I Learned at the Indian  Mission Schools, Northwest  Territories

My Heart Shook Like a Drum: What I Learned at the Indian Mission Schools, Northwest Territories

by Alice Blondin-Perrin

Alice suffered through many years of abuse trying to fit into a new way of life in residential school. The system changed her into a boarding-school ideology of being prim and proper while living with no love, no hugs and no explanations about life.

My Name is Shield Woman: A hard road to healing, vision, and leadership

My Name is Shield Woman: A hard road to healing, vision, and leadership

by Ruth Scalp Lock

Ruth Scalp Lock, a Siksika woman, tells her story as a young child, her experience of Residential School, and her hard road through abuse and addiction. Awakened, Ruth embarks on a journey of healing and spiritual discovery.

Nationhood Interrupted:  Revitalizing nêhiyaw  Legal Systems

Nationhood Interrupted: Revitalizing nêhiyaw Legal Systems

by Sylvia McAdam (Saysewahum)

Traditionally, nêhiyaw (Cree) laws are shared and passed down through oral customs. However, the loss of the languages, customs, and traditions as a direct result of colonization has created the need to record the physical laws of the nêhiyaw.

Remembering Will Have to Do: The Life and Times of Louise (Trottier) Moine

Remembering Will Have to Do: The Life and Times of Louise (Trottier) Moine

This anthology collects Louise Moine’s writings. She wrote about southwest Saskatchewan’s ranching culture, the end of the Métis’ nomadic lifestyle, her time spent in an Indian residential school system, and the impact of colonization.

Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada,Volume One: Summary

Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada,Volume One: Summary

This report, the summary volume, includes the history of residential schools, the legacy of that school system, and the full text of the Commission's 94 recommendations for action to address that legacy.

Residential Schools:  The Stolen Years

Residential Schools: The Stolen Years

by Linda Jaine

The stories in this book are the voices of our community. Each story given, as a gift, is an act of resistance. An act of healing.

Residential Schools:  With the Words & Images of Survivors

Residential Schools: With the Words & Images of Survivors

by Larry Oskiniko

A first-person perspective of the residential school system in Canada, as it shares the memories of more than 70 survivors from across Canada as well as archival and contemporary images, some never before published.

Righting Canada's Wrongs: Residential Schools

Righting Canada's Wrongs: Residential Schools

by Melanie Florence

The Devastating Impact on Canada's Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Findings and Call for Action

Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City

Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City

by Tanya Talaga

Using a sweeping narrative, award-winning investigative journalist Tanya Talaga delves into the history of Thunder Bay that has come to manifest Canada’s long struggle with human rights violations against Indigenous communities.

The Education of Augie Merasty

The Education of Augie Merasty

by Joseph Merasty

A courageous and intimate chronicle of life in a residential school.

The Inconvenient Indian

The Inconvenient Indian

by Thomas King

The curiously circular tale of the relationship between non-Native and Indigenous people in the centuries since the two first encountered each other.

The Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

The Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

by Royal Canadian Geographical Society

A four-volume atlas that shares the experiences, perspectives, and histories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

They Called Me Number One

They Called Me Number One

by Bev Sellars

Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School
Bev Sellars

Treaty Promises, Indian  Reality: Life on a Reserve

Treaty Promises, Indian Reality: Life on a Reserve

by Harold LeRat, with Linda Under

Harold LeRat relates the history of the Cowessess people through stories told by elders and historical research, providing a look at the reality of many First Nations peoples as well as the development of reserves on the Prairies

Truth & Indignation:  Canada's Truth & Reconciliation  Commission on Indian  Residential Schools

Truth & Indignation: Canada's Truth & Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools

by Ronald Niezen

The first close and critical assessment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission as it is unfolding.

Unsettling the Settler Within:

Unsettling the Settler Within:

by Paulette Regan

Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling & Reconciliation in Canada

Up Ghost River

Up Ghost River

by Edwin Metatawabin

A Chief's Journey Through the Turbulent Waters of Native History

Where the Pavement  Ends

Where the Pavement Ends

by Marie Wadden

Filled with inspiring stories gathered from journalist Marie Wadden's discussions with activists across Canada who are involved in the Aboriginal healing movement. The book is also a passionate wake-up call aimed at all Canadians

1491: The Untold Story of the Americas Before Columbus
Black Elk Speaks

Black Elk Speaks



by John Neihardt and Vine Deloria

The story of the Oglala Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950) and his people during momentous twilight years of the nineteenth century, offers readers much more than a precious glimpse of a vanished time.

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