Up Ghost River
A Chief's Journey Through the Turbulent Waters of Native HistoryBook - 2014
In the 1950s, 7-year-old Edmund Metatawabin was separated from his family and placed in one of Canadas worst residential schools. St. Annes, in northƯern Ontario, is an institution now notorious for the range of punishments that staff and teachers inflicted on students. Even as Metatawabin built the trappings of a successful lifewife, kids, careerhe was tormented by horrific memories. Fuelled by alcohol, the trauma from his past caught up with him, and his family and work lives imploded. In seeking healing, Metatawabin traveled to southern Alberta. There he learned from elders, parƯticipated in native cultural training workshops that emphasize the holistic approach to personhood at the heart of Cree culture, and finally faced his alcoholism and PTSD. Metatawabin has since worked tirelessly to expose the wrongdoings of St. Annes, culminating in a recent court case demanding that the school records be released to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Now Metatawabins mission is to help the next generation of residential school survivors. His story is part of the indigenous resurgence that is happening across Canada and worldwide: after years of oppression, he and others are healing themselves by rediscovering their culture and sharing their knowledge.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf, Canada, 
Copyright Date: ©2014
Characteristics: 316 pages ; 23 cm
Call Number: 970.004 MET