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Courage and Complicity

Courage and Complicity

by Claudette Languedoc

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In August 1947, Mary Brock boarded a train in Toronto. She was headed for the wilds of Northwestern Ontario and a teaching job at an Indian residential school. Her family was horrified.

At the end of her first day of teaching, Mary was horrified too. This was not the exciting adventure she had imagined. But Mary wasn't one to give up. Buoyed by her ideals and her pragmatism, she kept showing up.

She lasted the academic year. When she boarded the train for home, she knew she had failed; in every way that mattered. The ideals she had come with had shattered on her classroom floor, and a big piece of her heart lay buried behind a small log cabin in the woods.

Sixty years later, two unexpected gifts forced her to take a second look back and a more hopeful look forward. Maybe her ideals weren't so naïve after all.

"Beautifully written, compelling, challenging and thought provoking." N. Jennings

"Magnificent! . . . extremely well written, I enjoyed every minute of it. Casts a critical and compassionate light on the Indian Residential School system." T. Moores

"I must admit to wondering, as I started to read, how a white woman could tell the awful story of residential schools. You did it beautifully, with wisdom and care in a well paced story." M. Hall

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781775060031
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publication date: 02/24/2020
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Claudette was born and raised in Toronto. Her interest in Indigenous people was sparked in 1959, when two Anishinaabe boys joined her family. With their arrival, stories of tricksters and turtles joined Dr. Seuss and Winnie the Pooh at bedtime.
As an adult, she spent a good part of her life as the outsider, living in six different countries, from Asia to Africa and working at International schools.
She now lives in Ottawa, Canada.

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