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“It can start with a knock on the door one morning. It is the local Indian agent, or the parish priest, or, perhaps, a Mounted Police officer.” So began the school experience of many Indigenous children in Canada for more than a hundred years, and so begins the history of residential schools prepared by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). Between 2008 and 2015, the TRC provided opportunities for individuals, families, and communities to share their experiences of residential schools and released several reports based on 7000 survivor statements and five million documents from government, churches, and schools, as well as a solid grounding in secondary sources.

A Knock on the Door, published in collaboration with the National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, gathers material from the several reports the TRC has produced to present the essential history and legacy of residential schools in a concise and accessible package that includes new materials to help inform and contextualize the journey to reconciliation that Canadians are now embarked upon.

Survivor and former national chief of the Assembly First Nations, Phil Fontaine, provides a foreword, and an afterword introduces the holdings and opportunities of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, home to the archive of recordings, and documents collected by the TRC. 

As Aimée Craft writes in the afterword, knowing the historical backdrop of residential schooling and its legacy is essential to the work of reconciliation. In the past, agents of the Canadian state knocked on the doors of Indigenous families to take the children to school. Now, the survivors have shared their truths and knocked back. It is time for Canadians to open the door to mutual understanding, respect, and reconciliation.

©2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (P)2021 University of Manitoba Press

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A Knock on the Door is a book that I hope every Canadian will read, and read deeply. The transformation of this country begins with acknowledging what happened after that knock on the door. Acknowledging, understanding the implications, and then resolving to do something for positive change. It's right that the TRC Calls to Action are included, for we are all called to action.” (Shelagh Rogers, OC, TRC Honorary Witness)

“A compelling book that is both accessible and well-documented.” (Publishers Weekly

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Not an easy read, glad I did

If you are expecting a novel, look elsewhere. This is a point by point presentation of facts. These are facts that the education system and my government failed to teach me over 62 years. Whether you pick this book, or a different one, educate yourself on the Indian residential schools. It will open a window to where things are today and changes that can be made either as individuals or as a country to improve things. The first step is knowledge. So glad I read this. The narrator's voice is easy to listen to but it is not written in a story format. Whatever your preferences are, find a book on the subject and read.

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Like listening to a text book.

I wish it was written as a story where you could follow a couple of children's lives but this is just footnotes and comments. Footnote one: we cried all the time, Footnote two: there was no love. Foot note three: we learned how to be scared all the time. etc..... Not a direct quote of books correct, not correct footnote numbers but you get the idea. I made it up to Footnote 57. I would return it if I could but apparently you have the silver membership to be able to return.

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