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They Called Me Number One

Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School
Auteur(s): Bev Sellars
Narrateur(s): Bev Sellars
Durée: 7 h et 17 min
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Like thousands of Aboriginal children in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere in the colonized world, Xatsu'll chief Bev Sellars spent part of her childhood as a student in a church-run residential school. These institutions endeavored to "civilize" Native children through Christian teachings; forced separation from family, language, and culture; and strict discipline. Perhaps the most symbolically potent strategy used to alienate residential school children was addressing them by assigned numbers only - not by the names with which they knew and understood themselves.

In this frank and poignant memoir of her years at St. Joseph's Mission, Sellars breaks her silence about the residential school's lasting effects on her and her family - from substance abuse to suicide attempts - and eloquently articulates her own path to healing. They Called Me Number One comes at a time of recognition - by governments and society at large - that only through knowing the truth about these past injustices can we begin to redress them.

Bev Sellars is chief of the Xatsu'll (Soda Creek) First Nation in Williams Lake, British Columbia. She holds a degree in history from the University of Victoria and a law degree from the University of British Columbia. She has served as an advisor to the British Columbia Treaty Commission.

©2013 Bev Sellars (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Important Canadian History

This is a story that should never have happened. Every Canadian should read this book.
Bev is a bit dry to listen to as a narrator, but I couldn’t leave the book alone. I felt all of her pains and understand her hate. I am so sad and upset that the Native People Of Canada went through this- Good on you Bev for rising to the top.
READ THIS BOOK.

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AMAZING

Bev Sellars is a magnificent storyteller. Her truth and passion left me many times with goosebumps and the feeling that I wish I knew her and her family. I can’t speak highly enough of her book. Masterpiece.

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A reality check for us Colonizing Canadians

I listened with difficulty as I struggle to come to terms with the darker side of my Canadian identity. This book and others like it MUST become part of the curriculum in our basic Canadian education!

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Thank You!

as I listened to this book, as a native women. I had a lot of "wow moments". my grandma was in a Residential school in Alberta. my Grandma had eight children when passed away as a baby and my dad was the only boy. as my dad grew up I feel like he's been through a lot and has taken out his anger on his children and I think it has a lot to do with his mother being in residential schools as well as his father so it's kind of like a domino effect. even though I never went to residential schools my dad was raised by someone that did and it has messed him up which has messed me up my only goal in life is to be the best mother that I can take my children and not let this affect my children today. trust me when I say it is very difficult because sometimes I see my dad and myself, however at least I can recognize that and take a breath and start again. this was a great eye opener to me I have learnt a lot and even though my family has suffered and is still suffering all I can do is have my children appreciate their elders an understanding of history and be proud of who they are mentally emotionally spiritually. this book is a really good lesson I recommended 100% people need to know how bad residential schools were and how it still affects us today.

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Everyone should read this book<br />

This is an excellent book everyone should read this book i had no idea the injustices done to those poor children at the residential schools. the book should be taught in schools. i certainly have a better understanding of how canada failed first nations people

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Take the time to hear this story.

Very well written and wonderfully narrated. this should be part of history class for children.

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A difficult but important read

This book will help you begin to understand the horrors that happened at residential schools. It is a very difficult story to hear, but we can’t change the way we interact with Indigenous Peoples unless we listen to their stories of what we did and continue doing to them.

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Unforgettable

Must read for every Canadian and should be part of high school curriculum. Bev is a powerhouse.

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Heartbreaking

It is a fascinating story of truth
I never went to the Mission school although I've gone to mass in the chapel, and I have been there many times. It gives one so very much to think about..... THANK YOU BEV.

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Amazing

Trulu amazing. So touching and informative. What a great book. Listened to it in one day because it was so good.

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Shame on Church and State

&quot;Few people know anything about the collaboration of church and state to destroy races of people and cultures, genocide in the name of god.&quot;

Bev Sellars' often brutal testimony, gives insight into the cycle of poverty of indigenous peoples in Canada and (as she says) the United states, and even into Australia. She shows how dehumanization and cultural obliteration are passed down through generations.

She asks, &quot;Is it possible to make others feel what I once felt?&quot; The answer is yes. Her grandmotherly storyteller voice made me feel like I was hearing personal family history that I needed for my own survival.

Kindnesses shine like stars, but the bleakness is shameful and will be among the list of books that bolster my fight against systematic oppression.

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