They Called Me Number One

2018 Reading Challenge Prompt: A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you: They Called Me Number One  by Bev Sellars

The author, former Chief Bev Sellars, grew up in British Columbia and attended residential school in that province. This book is about her experiences in the residential school and how that formed her as she moved on into adulthood.

I really enjoyed this book and it was a very interesting read; it kept me hooked over the few days it took to read. I liked the fact that she had a stable home-life where she could return to on holidays. I’ve read a few books on this topic, people’s experiences with residential school, and this one is quite good. A great addition were the photographs interspersed within the book! Always great to see pics of some of the people talked about within the book (mainly Sellars’ family members).

I think everyone should read this book as a part of learning about the history of our country, and hearing the voice of this author as she shares her story/experience.

Here’s an excerpt from the book:

Someone said that I am a survivor but I believe I am much more than that. I prefer to claim outright victory in this war against the residential-school experience. Even though I sometimes barely survived, I didn’t become one of the terrible statistics of Aboriginal people. In the end, I win! Residential school did not manage to beat the Indian out of me and my Aboriginal pride just keeps getting stronger. I look around and I see many more like me. It makes my heart swell and it makes me hopeful for the future of our Aboriginal nations. I win.” (page 191)

Love that quote!!!

Red 5 gives this book a 3/5!!

*My progress for the Canadian Book Challenge is 18/13!!


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