BOOK STUDY: Indigenous People and the Residential Schools

We will be reading a series of books written by Canadian authors about Indigenous Peoples of Canada and the Indian Residential School. The recent months’ discoveries of graveyards in the former residential schools have reminded us of our call to action as the church in the work of healing and reconciliation seriously. But, before we act, we need to know the stories and learn and educate ourselves properly on what we are called to act. And by the end of our readings, by summer 2022, we hope to have a clear sense of how we are called to act as a local congregation in the work of reconciliation.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommended the following list of books (first three books). Also, the last on the list is the winner of Canada Read in 2015.

  • Richard Wagamese: Indian Horse
    (fiction based on residential school experience and the game of hockey).
  • Reading Schedule: Chapter 1-10, Chapter 11-22, Chapter 23-28, Chapter 29-36, Chapter 37-39, Chapter 40-48, Chapter 49-56

September 23 to October 28 (7 sessions) at 9:30 am

  • Thomas King: The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America (non-fiction). November 11 to January 20 (10 sessions)
  • A Knock on the Door: The Essential History of Residential Schools from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (non-fiction). February 3 to April 14 (10 sessions)
  • Joseph Boyden: The Orenda (historical fiction on tribal wars and colonization). April 28 to June 2 (6 Sessions)