In 1937, a young First Nations (Canadian native) girl named Ashtecome is kidnapped along with several other children from a village as part of a deliberate Canadian policy to force First Nations children to abandon their culture in order to be assimilated into white Canadian/British society. She is taken to a boarding school where she is forced to adopt Western Euro-centric ways and learn English, often under brutal treatment. Only one sympathetic white teacher who is more and more repelled by this bigotry offers her any help from among the staff. That, with her force of will, Ashtecome (forced to take the name Amelia) is determined to hold on to her identity and that of her siblings, who were also abducted. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm <email@example.com>
A moving tribute to a young girl's courage and indomitable spirit...
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You must find it very satisfying to be helping these poor children get a good education. Learn to read and write and have a wider understanding of the world?
Did they tell you anything about this school or about teaching the Indians?
Yes, of course. It's a fine Christian institution doing God's work and the children - well, children are the same anywhere. They need love, patience and careful guidance... And just why are you grinning at me like a great ape?
Well, ma'am, it's just been a long ...