Tsqelmucwílc: The Kamloops Indian Residential School―resistance and a Reckoning (Paperback)

Tsqelmucwílc: The Kamloops Indian Residential School―resistance and a Reckoning By Celia Haig-Brown, Randy Fred (Introduction by), Garry Gottfriedson (Foreword by) Cover Image

Tsqelmucwílc: The Kamloops Indian Residential School―resistance and a Reckoning (Paperback)

By Celia Haig-Brown, Randy Fred (Introduction by), Garry Gottfriedson (Foreword by)

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In May 2021, the world was shocked by the news of the detection of 215 unmarked graves on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School (KIRS) in British Columbia, Canada. Ground-penetrating radar established the deaths of students as young as three in the infamous residential school system, where children were systematically removed from their families and brought to the schools. At these Christian-run and government-supported institutions, they were subjected to physical, mental and sexual abuse while their Indigenous languages and traditions were stifled and denounced. The egregious abuses suffered at residential schools everywhere created a multi-generational legacy of trauma for those who survived and, as the 2021 discoveries confirmed, death for too many. "Tsquelmucw lc" (pronounced cha-CAL-mux-weel) is a Secwepemc phrase loosely translated as "We return to being human again." Tsqelmucw lc is the story of those who survived the Kamloops Indian Residential School, based on the book Resistance and Renewal, a groundbreaking history of the school published in 1988―the first book on residential schools ever published in Canada. Tsqelmucw lc includes the original text as well as new material by the original book's author, Celia Haig-Brown; essays by Secwepemc poet and KIRS survivor Garry Gottfriedson and Nuu-Chah-Nulth elder and residential school survivor Randy Fred; and first-hand reminiscences by other survivors of KIRS as well as their children on their experience of KIRS and the impact of their residential school trauma throughout their lives.
Read both within and outside the context of the grim 2021 discoveries, Tsqelmucw lc is a tragic story in the history of Indigenous peoples of the indignities suffered at the hands of their colonizers, but it is equally a remarkable tale of Indigenous survival, resilience, and courage.
Garry Gottfriedson is a Secwepemc poet with ten books to his credit. In 1987, he attended the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado where he studied creative writing under such instructors as Allen Ginsberg and Marianne Faithfull. Currently he is the Secwepemc cultural advisor to Thompson Rivers University.
Product Details ISBN: 9781551529059
ISBN-10: 155152905X
Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press
Publication Date: November 8th, 2022
Pages: 240
Language: English