Indian School Days

1080 Words Aug 3rd, 2012 5 Pages
Indian School Days
Book Review

Justin Delorme
Introduction
The book, “Indian School Days” is an autobiography of the author Basil Johnston, an Ojibwe native from Wasauksing First Nation, in Ontario. This piece by Author, “Basil Johnston”, gives the reader more and more evidence of the structural lifestyle of the Spanish Indian residential school. From the very beginning his writing style links the reader to never put down the book, it is full of action and true events that took place during his lifetime. The book starts off with Mr. Johnston as a young child of ten years, skipping school with another student, an act that they didn’t think would get them both shipped off to a residential school. But as fortunes and his unfortunate
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He describes his education from this institution from the priests as their way to teach the young natives the Christian and white man way of life. Throughout the book it describes the day to day operations that each child had to undergo, the children’s feelings towards the priests and their cruel actions. The children at Spanish were quick to find some hope and family within one another, as their way in coping with the priests and hardships of the school, a state of brotherhood that saved many of them. This school like many others only harboured children until they reached a certain age of 16 or the student completed grade 8. Basil then goes on to replay images of when the “lucky” one, a student whom was getting released to go home, a proud and exciting day that all students wished were them took place. There are certain cases of this in the book, for instance, It is said on page 156 “it was not an easy thing to say good-bye to friends who had shared a brotherhood and sustained one another through periods of one, two, three, four, five and six years past.” But it was not an easy thing for the boys left behind to see this bond, formed out of the dissolution of families, broken. It was like when they had to say goodbye to their own parents and grandparents, a recollection that many didn’t want to remember. Another case that I feel is important to share is on page 163, that is when Basil gets the good news that he himself gets to go home, a proud moment at the time. Just