Three Years Since the TRC in Edmonton

by ahnationtalk on March 16, 2017304 Views

Edmonton—Athabasca University Press is honoured to be partnering with RISE—Reconciliation and Solidarity Edmonton on the launch of their citywide book club. Together we will be reading Arthur Bear Chief’s residential school memoir, My Decade at Old Sun, My Lifetime of Hell (Athabasca University Press, 2016).

RISE is described by co-founder Miranda Jimmy as “an inclusive group that brings people together to support each other’s learning about the truth of our past and changing the way it impacts our relationship with one another by promoting reconciliation in both actions and words.”

In December 2016, AU Press published the memoir, My Decade at Old Sun, My Lifetime of Hell by Arthur Bear Chief. The memoir is a frank account of Arthur’s experience at Old Sun Residential School, a school located just outside Calgary in Gleichen, Alberta. AU Press will be offering the ebook for free and readers are invited to read along at

The book club will be launched on March 30th at City Hall to mark the

3rd anniversary of the TRC’s arrival in Edmonton to collect statements from residential school survivors. The event will feature a panel of speakers including Arthur Bear Chief and Charlene Bearhead, Education Lead at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

What people are saying about My Decade at Old Sun, My Lifetime of Hell

“. . . raw, graphic, and compelling. No two residential school survivor stories are the same, each one bringing us to a deeper understanding of our country and our past failings. Reading this will help you consider our present-day responsibilities and our collective opportunities to set things right.”—Dr. Marie Wilson, Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, 2009–2015

“A courageous memoir and a must-read for everyone brave enough to learn about residential schools.—Richard Van Camp, author of Night Moves

“It is important for Canadians to bear witness to all these stories of survival.”—Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail, editor of In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation

Contact Karyn Wisselink at or 780-497-3408.


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