Full Book Title: Wawahte
Author Name: Robert P. Wells
Book Synopsis: Few Canadians are aware of the history of Canada's First Peoples. Treaties, Indian Reserves, and the lasting harmful effects of the Residential School system. This ignorance is no accident: Canadian law banned expressions of Indigenous Peoples culture from 1885 to 1951. Carr ie MacKenzie said: "Take a step towards Reconciliation A number of elements make Wawahte' a book to be read . One is the tone, calm and peaceful. There is no anger, blame or self-pity. The stories are haunting, told in a poignant yet gentle way. Achieved by having the stories told by the survivors own words, making them real and honest. I also applaud the fact that there was an affirming story included illustrating that not all children attending residential schools had negative experiences. This was Bunnie's story. Bunnie tells she was loved and well cared for at the residential school she attended. She says that when her sons were born she knew how to love them because she had been shown love as a child at the residential school. Bunnie also clearly acknowledges this was not the case for most of the children attending residential schools. This adds to the integrity of Wawahte. To read Wawahte is to take a step towards reconciliation and healing the wounds that have devastated Indigenous society."
Author Bio: When the author Robert (Bob) Wells was nine years old, his dear friend Elder Moochum Joe told him to draw words on paper that told of how badly Indian people were being treated, and to draw them true. Sixty-five years later, Wawahte tells the story of residential schools from the perspective of three of its survivors. They trusted Bob to tell their very personal stories so that all Canadians might find mutual healing and understanding. The first Residential Schools opened in Canada in the 1870s. Residential Schools were the morbid decision of government and churches; a collective, calculated effort to eradicate Indigenous language and culture.
Publisher Name: FriesenPress