The Fire Still Burns: Life In and After Residential School

Alpine Books


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“My name is Sam George. In spite of everything that happened to me, by the grace of the Creator, I have lived to be an Elder.” Set in the Vancouver area in the late 1940s and through to the present day, this unflinching account follows Sam from his idyllic childhood on the Eslhá7an (Mission) reserve to the confines of St. Paul’s Indian Residential School, and then into a life of addiction and incarceration. But an ember of Sam’s spirit always burned within him, and so this is also a story of survival, recovery, and redemption, of facing past trauma to rebuild a life and a future.