By Bev Sellars
Like hundreds of thousands of Aboriginal teenagers within the usa, Canada, and in different places within the colonized global, Xatsu'll leader Bev Sellars spent a part of her youth as a pupil in a church-run residential school.
These associations endeavored to "civilize" local teenagers via Christian teachings; pressured separation from family members, language, and tradition; and strict self-discipline. probably the main symbolically effective method used to alienate residential institution young children used to be addressing them via assigned numbers onlynot by means of the names with which they knew and understood themselves.
In this frank and poignant memoir of her years at St. Joseph's venture, Sellars breaks her silence in regards to the residential school's lasting results on her and her familyfrom substance abuse to suicide attemptsand eloquently articulates her personal route to therapeutic. Number One comes at a time of recognitionby governments and society at largethat basically via understanding the reality approximately those prior injustices do we start to redress them.
Bev Sellars is leader of the Xatsu'll (Soda Creek) First kingdom in Williams Lake, British Columbia. She holds a level in background from the collage of Victoria and a legislations measure from the college of British Columbia. She has served as an consultant to the British Columbia Treaty Commission.
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They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School by Bev Sellars