Education of Augie Merasty : A Residential School Memoir
by Merasty, Joseph Auguste; Carpenter, David (CON)

This is an "as told to" memoir by a man who spent from 1935 to 1944 at St. Therese Indian Residential School in Sturgeon Landing, in Northern Manitoba. It is an indictment of the residential school system, which author Merasty wrote for the Working Group on Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The working group sought written testimony from former victims of the residential school system. Its work established, in 2005, a $2 billion reparation fund for First Nations people who had been forced to attend residential schools. In pulling together the memoir, co-author David Carpenter corresponded and met with Merasty over several years when Merasty was past 70 years old. Merasty's stories recall some kindnesses, but are mostly about violent beatings and sexual molestation received from nuns, brothers and priests at the school. Annotation 2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

A retired fisherman and trapper, Joseph Auguste (Augie) Merasty is a Canadian Indian Residential School survivor. One of an estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit, and Metis children who were taken from their families and sent to the government-funded, church-run schools. Merasty attended St. Therese Residential School in the community of Sturgeon Landing, Manitoba, from 1935 to 1944.

David Carpenter is a well-known, award-winning author of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, whose most recent works include The Literary History of Saskatchewan, Vols 1 & 2. Virtually all of Carpenter's books are set in and inspired by the Canadian West.

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