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

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: University of Manitoba Press; 1 edition (May 17 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887556469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887556463
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“One of the 100 most important Canadian books ever written.” (Literary Review of Canada)

“Milloy’s book should be mandatory reading for all citizens of the Americas.. (Globe and Mail)

“The most definitive account of how the Canadian government and churches conspired to turn a blind eye to the failings of the residential system for aboriginal children.” (National Post)

About the Author

John Milloy is a professor in the departments of Native Studies and History, and Master of Peter Robinson College, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario.


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This book broke my heart. It must have taken incredible perseverance and hard work to do the research but I am grateful to the author for his painstakingly documentation of the horror that was the residential school system. There are lessons to be learned from this book. What struck me most, beyond the obvious tragedy of it all, was the recurring pattern of people KNOWING what was happening, alerting the authorities, and then nothing being done to remedy the situation. Meanwhile children were living in desperate unhappiness--generation after generation of children as the rest of society around them went on with their lives, aware, but managing to put the suffering of others out of their minds.
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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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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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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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