Thursday, March 27, 2014

My Name is Seepeetza

Written by: Shirley Sterling

First line: Today my teacher Mr. Oiko taught us how to write journals.

Why you should read this book: Based on her own experiences as an Indian child forced to attend a residential school in Canada in the 1950s, this book is by turns eye-opening and heart-breaking. The trend toward assimilation, enforced by law, deprives Martha Stone and the other children at the Kalamak Indian Residential School, of the knowledge of the land possessed by their ancestors, and the joy in home life they crave. Instead, they suffer the degradation of having their own culture denigrated by nuns, some of whom are kind, but many of whom are not.

Why you shouldn’t read this book: You're a nun.

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