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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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Incredible story

I loved this book and I loved it even more that the author herself read the story, it made it that much better. Thank you for this wisdom and the telling of your story.

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Should be required reading

Beautiful narration of a story that very effectively demonstrates the impact of the residential experience without detailing individual traumas. It emphasizes the damage that can occur when a person is continually bombarded with the message that they are not equal, or valuable, or worthy. Everyone should know this story.

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emotional, heartbreaking and strength

3 words you learn about while listening to this story.... for someone to be able to tell this story takes such strength.. I don't know how she does it. thank you for teaching me about the residential school crisis in such intimate detail... this book has changed me.

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excellent job.

This is an exceptional book. it gives so much onsight into the life in res. schools. The horrific treatment of the innocent children and what it did to the families. its a good read but so difficult to comprehend why the English thought this was ok. Bev did a wonderful job.

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Must Read

If your Canadian you should read this book. It is it history , and it's ugly

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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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  • Susie
  • 2017-08-22

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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  • Christina
  • 2020-02-07

A truth that must be told.

This should be required reading for all schools. I was lucky, my grandmother saved me from the 60’s sweep. And I escaped the res, school experience, but my mother let slip some of her horrid experiences.

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  • Melissa
  • 2019-12-30

True story

Many of the stories Bev shares in this book are similar to the stories elders that have shared with us regarding boarding school life.

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  • Denise Stacey
  • 2020-03-20

They call me number One

This book was excellent. The explanations of life in the residential schools was so well described. The author brought you into the world of the Indians and their struggles, physically, mentally and generationally.
I learned so much and have a better understanding of the reservations and the residential schools.
Bev Sellars tells a story that reaches one’s soul! She is an amazing author!

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  • Misty
  • 2020-02-21

loved it

thank you for sharing! sharing is healing for all as us indigenous people can relate and understand ther historical trauma in our own families