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Residential Schools, First Nations, Truth and Reconciliation, Discrimination, Canadian History, Aboriginal History, Cultural Heritage

Indian Residential Schools
by Robert P. Wells

An important work that collects and preserves stories whose value will never diminish.

Kirkus Reviews

Wawahte is one of the few books that I would strongly recommend to anyone who needs to understand Aboriginal issues in Canada. This book should be part of our school curricula.

Dave Loftus

For all the people who read this book may they be forever enlightened. By shining the light on a dark part of our past we have a chance to create a bright new day for aboriginals and all Canadians. We will all know what happened and then come to realize that what happens now and our vision for a future together is what really counts. Together we will stand for what is right and the intention of Indian residential schools and colonization will not happen again!

With Deep Respect,

Dr. Chief Robert Joseph,

Executive Director

The Northern Lights are Spirit Angels that lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.

I grew up in the 1940s at my family’s fishing lodge in remote northwestern Ontario. Home was 104 miles down the railroad track from now Thunder Bay.

As a child, I was not aware of a privileged childhood. To think of my life as enchanting or special was absurd; it was just there – a part of everyday life. When out-of-door, I lived in the Indigenous world, which brings me to why I wrote Wawahte. I promised to my dear friend Moochum Joe, that when I became old, I would: “Draw words on paper telling my kind how bad Indian people were treated. They take our kids away and not allow us to live as to who are. They sell me a child’s train ticket to ride on the train – I am an ‘insulted’ old man!”

I became more and more aware, how much my friends and growing up in the Canadian bush are a part of who I became. I married Inge, who was born in Germany, and we became parents to a blue-eyed blond-haired boy whose out-of-doors play language was Anisinabek. My friends. My life as a fishing and hunting guide and fur trapper and twenty-eight years as an Ontario Conservation Officer have resulted in my appreciation for nature and interest in First Nation(s) culture and their history.

We are sufficiently mature to live in the truth of our history. Our challenge is to agree on the need for a different future relationship.


Robert P. Wells
Indian Residential School Survivors

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