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Celia Haig-Brown

Celia Haig-Brown is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University. She has previously held positions with the University of British Columbia in the Native Indian Teacher Education Program and with Simon Fraser University. She came to Toronto in 1996 after a life time in various parts of British Columbia including Campbell River on Vancouver Island and Kamloops. She has three grown children and lives happily with her partner on the west side of the city.

Resistance and Renewal: Surviving the Indian Residential School
Celia Haig-Brown
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;

One of the first books published to deal with the phenomenon of residential schools in Canada, Resistance and Renewal is a disturbing collection of Native perspectives on the Kamloops Indian Residential School(KIRS) in the British Columbia interior. Interviews with thirteen Natives, all former residents of KIRS, form the nucleus of the book, a frank depiction of school life, and a telling account of the system's oppressive environment which sought to stifle Native culture.

Winner of the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize (BC Book Prize) in 1989.

Now in its 8th printing.

Authenticity Note: This book has received the Authentic Indigenous Text label because of the interviews and contributions of Indigenous peoples in this work, whom the author thanks and acknowledges in the introduction of the book. It is up to readers to determine if this an authentic work for their purposes.

Authentic Canadian Content
Authentic Indigenous Text


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