Shingwauk's Vision: A History of Native Residential Schools

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University of Toronto Press, May 24, 1996 - History - 582 pages
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With the growing strength of minority voices in recent decades has come much impassioned discussion of residential schools, the institutions where attendance by Native children was compulsory as recently as the 1960s. Former students have come forward in increasing numbers to describe the psychological and physical abuse they suffered in these schools, and many view the system as an experiment in cultural genocide. In this first comprehensive history of these institutions, J.R. Miller explores the motives of all three agents in the story. He looks at the separate experiences and agendas of the government officials who authorized the schools, the missionaries who taught in them, and the students who attended them.

Starting with the foundations of residential schooling in seventeenth-century New France, Miller traces the modern version of the institution that was created in the 1880s, and, finally, describes the phasing-out of the schools in the 1960s. He looks at instruction, work and recreation, care and abuse, and the growing resistance to the system on the part of students and their families. Based on extensive interviews as well as archival research, Miller's history is particularly rich in Native accounts of the school system.

This book is an absolute first in its comprehensive treatment of this subject. J.R. Miller has written a new chapter in the history of relations between indigenous and immigrant peoples in Canada.

Co-winner of the 1996 Saskatchewan Book Award for nonfiction.

Winner of the 1996 John Wesley Dafoe Foundation competition for Distinguished Writing by Canadians

Named an 'Outstanding Book on the subject of human rights in North America' by the Gustavus Myer Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America.

 

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Contents

Preface
The True Realization of Chief Shingwauks Vision
PART ONEEstablishing the Residential School System
The Traditional Education of the Indigenous Peoples
Residential School Experiments in New France
1 Residential Schooling in British North America
1 Creating a Residential School System
1 The Expansion and Consolidation of the Residential School System
1 Winding Down the System
An Assessment
Epilogue
28
Notes
33
Such Employment He Can Get at Home
107
Bleeding the Children to Feed the MotherHouse
111
Sadness Pain and Misery
65
You Aint My Boss
101

PART TWOExperiencing Residential Schools
1 Classroom and Class
1 Race and Assimilation
1 Gender
1 Work and Play
1 Child Care
1 Abuse
1 Resistance
PART THREEEnding and Assessing Residential Schools
Our Greatest Need Today Is Proper Education
128
Shingwauks VisionAboriginal Nightmare
84
Epilogue
88
Note on Sources Methodology and Nomenclature
90
Bibliography
95
Picture Credits
1992
Index
1994
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About the author (1996)

J.R. Miller is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Saskatchewan. He is the author of numerous works on issues related to Indigenous peoples including Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens and Shingwauk’s Vision, both published by University of Toronto Press.

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