About the Author
Arthur Bear Chief left Old Sun Residential School at the age of seventeen. He worked at Shingwauk Indian Residential School as a student counsellor, before embarking on a career with the government, which included work with the Public Service Commission of Canada in Edmonton and Northern Affairs in Ottawa. He now lives on Siksika Nation.
Frits Pannekoek received his doctorate in Western Canadian history from Queen’s University, Kingston, for his study of mixed-blood Red River and the Riel Resistance. He has published widely in Western Canadian hsitory, in Indigenous history, and in the field of heritage studies.
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“Often fear is the only emotion that comes when we are unsure of the unknown. I took a courageous step in my approach to the unknown by writing this book in hopes that it will help me in my journey of healing and recovery from my abuse at Old Sun Residential School. Everything else I have attempted eventually led me back to myself without any resolution to rid me of my demons. My emotions still overtake me at times, and I sit and cry for myself and many others who are not here—gone, but alive in my memory. May your spirits guide me, as they did in my writing of this book. If your spirit is restless, I hope this book will give you some sense of peace. If that is the case, I too will be at peace with you.”
Table of ContentsPreface-Judy Bedford-ix; Acknowledgements-xxi; My Decade at Old Sun, My Lifetime of Hell-1; Afterword-The Burden of Reconciliation-Frits Pannekoek-107; Appendix A:Legal Correspondence-147; Appendix B:Letters of Apology-159; For Further Reading-169