They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian by Bev Sellars

By Bev Sellars

Like hundreds of thousands of Aboriginal kids within the usa, Canada, and in different places within the colonized international, Xatsu'll leader Bev Sellars spent a part of her youth as a scholar in a church-run residential school.

These associations endeavored to "civilize" local teenagers via Christian teachings; pressured separation from kinfolk, language, and tradition; and strict self-discipline. probably the main symbolically effective technique used to alienate residential tuition young children used to be addressing them via assigned numbers only—not by means of the names with which they knew and understood themselves.

In this frank and poignant memoir of her years at St. Joseph's project, Sellars breaks her silence concerning the residential school's lasting results on her and her family—from substance abuse to suicide attempts—and eloquently articulates her personal route to therapeutic. Number One comes at a time of recognition—by governments and society at large—that in simple terms via understanding the reality approximately those earlier injustices will we start to redress them.

Bev Sellars is leader of the Xatsu'll (Soda Creek) First state in Williams Lake, British Columbia. She holds a level in heritage from the college of Victoria and a legislations measure from the college of British Columbia. She has served as an consultant to the British Columbia Treaty Commission.


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