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Residential School Recovery Stories of the James Bay Cree, Volume 1

Niawenhkó:wa to Ruth DyckFehderau for donating this book to the Kahnawake Library.

By Ruth DyckFehderau (Author), James Bay Cree Storytellers

“In this quietly powerful and deeply human book, Ruth Dyck Fehderau and twenty-one  James Bay Cree storytellers put a face to Canada’s Indian Residential School cultural genocide.

Through intimate personal stories of trauma, loss, recovery, and joy, they tell of experiences in the residential schools themselves, in the homes when the children were taken, and on the territory after survivors returned and worked to recover from their experiences and to live with dignity. The prose is clear and accessible, the stories remarkably individual, the detail vivid but not sensational.

Together they reveal the astonishing courage and strength of children along with the complexity and myriad methods of their oppressors. A tough, often funny, and ultimately uplifting book that’s not quite like anything else out there.

This book is published by Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay and distributed by WLU Press.”