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A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System, 1879 to 1986 Paperback – May 17 1999


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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: University of Manitoba Press; 1 edition (May 17 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887556469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887556463
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 3.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Blackstock on May 30 2008
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Milloy captures the story of residential schools in a detailed review of Government of Canada documents. The story is shocking.... the Canadian federal governments role in trying to assimilate Aboriginal children is clearly stated as are the numerous documents confirming that the government knew about the prolific deaths and abuses of Aboriginal children in these schools as far back as the late 1800s and did almost nothing to stop it. There is no doubt about it... the tragedy of residential schools was not an accident - it was a planned strategy on the part of the Government of Canada to eliminate Indian children.

This book also highlights some great Canadian heros who joined with Aboriginal peoples to bring attention to the tragedy of residential schols like Dr. PH Bryce who wrote the report the book is titled after "A National Crime" in 1922 saying that one in two Aboriginal children were dying in the schools from preventable disease or S.H. Blake, a leading human rights lawyer, who claimed Canada brought itself into "unpleasant nearness to manslaughter" when it ignored Bryce's report.

For Canadians,students and human rights advocates interested in preventing ongoing human rights abuses perpetrated by governments, including our own, this is a must read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mr.wiebe on Nov. 21 2011
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Very in depth resource that is written at a University level of understanding. Isn't really a tool to base lessons from, but is an excellent resource to use to supplement understanding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nuxalt Friend on Oct. 6 2011
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I am a non-aboriginal person who wanted to know what really happened to many First Nations children of Canada. It was sickening. I'd read a few pages and would have to stop as I was overcome with anger, shame and sadness. It took weeks to get through the horrors revealed in this book. Canada will never be the same for me.
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By Joan E McKinley on May 16 2014
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Topic and information is great but it is not well written and difficult to read. Hard to get through the whole book.
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By Bud McF on Feb. 23 2013
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Gift. Recipient enjoyed it. Shipped quickly without problems. An interesting commentary concerning the history of First Nations dealings with the governments of Canada and the US and how the current situations came about.
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