They Called Me Number One

They Called Me Number One

Secrets and Survival at An Indian Residential School

eBook - 2013
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Xat'sull Chief Bev Sellars tells of the abuse and humiliation provided by the government-sanctioned Residential schools, in particular St. Joseph's Mission at Williams Lake. Told through her own eyes, and through the memories related by her mother and grandmother, who all attended St. Joseph's.
Publisher: 2013
ISBN: 9780889227422
Branch Call Number: e-book
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Library2Go

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In this heart-wrenching memoir, Xat'sull Chief Bev Sellars describes the abuse and humiliation that she suffered during her time at the government-sanctioned St. Joseph's Mission at Williams Lake residential school. Sellars’ stories are told through her own eyes, and through the memories related ... Read More »

A page-turning memoir by the Xat’sull First Nation chief. In her gripping story, Sellars shows how the traumas of residential school impacted three generations of women in her family. She writes candidly about her happy early childhood with her grandparents, her harrowing time in residential scho... Read More »

This is the first full-length memoir to be published out of St. Joseph's Mission at Williams Lake, BC. Bev Sellars tells of three generations of women who attended the school, interweaving her story with the personal histories of her grandmother and mother. In this frank and poignant memoir, Sell... Read More »


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mclarjh
Jul 17, 2017

Poor foreword and preface, but the author's account is decent. Originally a vanity project.

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runningbeat
Feb 28, 2017

This happened in my province and I remember when it was on TV and didn't really understand it until I read this book and what the author went through. She did a good job explaining the Indian culture, and what went on in the school and life afterwards for the people who endured the abuse and how it effects their family and culture even now a days. A must read for everyone.

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shakti1234
Mar 25, 2015

Important book to read for all who want to begin to understand the stories of our First Nations People.
Bev Sellers is a woman of honour and integrity, thank you for your story.

LaughingOne Oct 01, 2014

As Bev Sellars wrote, she can only tell her own story. That story touches on the lives of her family and friends but it is her story. Each of us can only tell our own stories. That honesty, and Bev's story, tell of the things that happened in the residential school she was forced to attend, mostly bad things, very occasionally better things. We need to witness and honour her story and look inside ourselves for our own related stories, so that we can clearly begin the process of healing. This excellent book should be part of the curriculum for studying Canadian history. Let's not whitewash it any more.

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ownedbydoxies
Oct 30, 2013

This is an excellent, eye-opening book outlining a personal history of native peoples in Canada in relation to the residential school system, written by one whose grandparents and parents had also been forced to attend these institutions. We can 't close our eyes. We can't say 'oh, it's the past'. We have to honestly acknowledge the damage done by these institutions in the name of 'religion'. Only by being clear-eyed witnesses, can we in any way make a start at healing. And I'm not only talking about healing those who suffered in the schools, I'm talking about healing the human conscience of the rest of us. This title should be added to the list the library has put up on the main page, highlighting the Truth and Reconciliation meetings.

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runningbeat
Feb 28, 2017

runningbeat thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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