Resistance and Renewal: Surviving the Indian Residential School

Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver BC, 1988, 1991.

Resistance and renewal is a revealing and disturbing collection of Native perspectives on the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia, and a more general study of the tragic phenomenon of residential schools in Canada. Thirteen interviews with Native people, all former students of K.I.R.S., form the nucleus of the book - a frank depiction of various aspects of school life, and a telling account of the system's oppressive environment which effectively sought to stifle Native culture.

Winner, Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize


I. Setting the Scene
- The Governments
- Missionaries
- The Secwepemc

II. From Home to School
- At Home
- The Transition

III. School Life
- The School Day
- Extracurricular Activities
- Discipline
- Family Visits and Summer Holidays

IV. The Resistance

V. Going Home

VI. Epilogue

Celia Haig-Brown ~ Last updated: 03-Feb-2005