With new essays from survivors and their households, Tsqelmucwilc: The Kamloops Indian Residential College — Resistance and a Reckoning is an replace to Celia Haig-Brown’s 1988 guide, Resistance and Renewal
Friday, Sept. 30, marks not solely the Nationwide Day for Fact and Reconciliation, however will even see the launch of an expanded second version of Celia Haig-Brown’s complete guide on residential colleges, Resistance and Renewal, printed in 1988. It was the primary guide printed on residential colleges in Canada.
In an expanded second version, Tsqelmucwilc: The Kamloops Indian Residential College — Resistance and a Reckoning, Haig-Brown and co-authors Randy Fred and Gary Gottfriedson revisit work with new essays from survivors and their households.
Haig-Brown mentioned Tsqelmucwilc (pronounced cha-Cal-mux-weel), which interprets to “We return to being human,” is a testomony to Indigenous therapeutic and renewal as a lot as it’s a historical past of Kamloops Indian Residential College.
I actually assume it’s necessary that we perceive what occurred in residential colleges throughout Canada and “how complicit the federal government and the Church and, subsequently, the Canadian individuals have been in these initiatives.”
“A very powerful half for me, is the energy of the survivors — the individuals who inform the tales within the textual content and who managed to seek out their approach by means of a number of the horrors, a number of the schooling that occurred, to return out the opposite aspect as sturdy Indigenous Secwépemc individuals,” Celia Haig-Brown mentioned.
Haig-Brown mentioned the brand new guide is a re-examination of her masters thesis, printed in 1988, having offered 16,000 copies throughout Canada.
The guide is utilized in libraries and in programs at excessive colleges and universities. Haig-Brown mentioned she is hoping “this one [book], which actually takes that textual content and brings it up-to-date, might be additionally engaging for individuals working to indigenize curriculum.”
As many individuals might be donning orange shirts and Indigenous-related clothes on Nationwide Day for Fact and Reconciliation, KTW requested Haig-Brown her ideas on the rising drawback Indigenous artists are going through with theft and unauthorized use of their paintings or logos.
She mentioned she seems to be at appropriation in two alternative ways — and one is cultural theft.
“That’s insupportable,” Haig-Brown mentioned. “I simply discover it horrendous that that’s being completed.
“The entire ‘fake Indians’ state of affairs is appalling. There’s people who find themselves making an attempt to reap the benefits of what’s lastly being completed to present some justice to what’s occurred to Indigenous individuals in Canada.”
Haig-Brown added that appropriation has one other that means, which has to do with studying.
She believes Canadians should take the chance to study from Indigenous data.
As an teacher, one in all Haig-Brown’s oft-repeated phrases within the classroom is, “I consider even white individuals can study.”
She encourages individuals to acknowledge their academics, to speak about how they know what they know, to point that they haven’t had the expertise of being Indigenous, however they’ve discovered from being with Indigenous individuals who have taken the time to show them.
“That’s good,” Haig-Brown mentioned. “However you must acknowledge the academics. You must be very clear concerning the place that you simply’re talking from.”
Haig-Brown and different contributors might be on the guide launch on Friday on the Kamloops Indian Residential College Monument, 330 Chief Alex Thomas Manner, at 3 p.m.
“I discover this occasion extremely transferring,” she mentioned. “It brings disappointment, however it additionally brings a celebration of persistence and energy of individuals.”
The free occasion is open to the general public and authors might be readily available to welcome a dialog concerning the legacy of residential colleges in Canada and the energy of the scholars and survivors who attended them.
Copies of the guide might be accessible for buy.
In regards to the authors
Celia Haig-Brown is an educator now primarily based in Ontario. Her printed books embrace Resistance and Renewal: Surviving the Indian Residential College, Taking Management: Energy and Contradiction in First Nations Grownup Schooling and With Good Intentions: Euro-Canadian and Aboriginal Relations in Colonial Canada.
Garry Gottfriedson is a Secwépemc poet with 10 books to his credit score. He’s the Secwépemc cultural advisor to Thompson Rivers College.
Randy Fred is an elder of Tseshaht First Nation who survived 9 years on the Alberni Indian Residential College. After a lifelong profession in multimedia, he’s the Nuu-Chah-Nulth elder at Vancouver Island College in Nanaimo.