The Education of Augie Merasty


   The Education of Augie Merasty offers a courageous and intimate chronicle of life in a residential school.

   Now a retired fisherman and trapper, Joseph A. (Augie) Merasty was one of an estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit, and Metis children who were taken from their families and sent to government-funded, church-run schools, where they were subjected to a policy of "aggressive assimiliation."

   As Merasty recounts, these schools did more than attempt to mould children in the ways of white society. They were taught to be ashamed of their native heritage and, as he experienced, often suffered physical and sexual abuse.

   Even as he looks back on this painful part of his childhood, Merasty’s sense of humour and warm voice shines through.

   Merasty attended St. Therese Residential School in the community of Sturgeon Landing, Manitoba, from 1935 to 1944.

"In reading The Education of Augie Merasty, I have seen horror through the eyes of a child"

- James Daschuk, author of Clearing the Plains


"It's so small, but it's such a mighty book."

- Anna Maria Tremonte, CBC Radio's The Current (April 23, 2015)


"The Education of Augie Merasty ... might be one of the most important titles to be published this spring.... It's a story of resilience and perserverance--the tale of a man not only haunted by his past, but haunted by the fundamental need to tell his own story."

- Mark Medley, The Globe & Mail (March 21, 2015)

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