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Canadian Literature Review of Indian School Road

In her paper for Canadian Literature, Christina Turner reviews three “anticolonial pedagogies” including Indian School Road: Legacies of the Shubenacadie Residential School, which she says strikes “a difficult balance between articulating the culture of corruption and incompetence that characterized the IRS system in general and Shubenacadie in particular, while stressing the culpability of those who neglected and abused its wards for decades.”

Read the review here.

 

Going Down the Indian Road

Esteemed poet and author Gary Geddes, once described as “Canada’s best political poet,” has written a thoughtful and thought-provoking review of Indian School Road: Legacies of the Shubenacadie Residential School.

 

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The review will appear in his forthcoming new book, Medicine Unbundled (Heritage House Publishing), which is a Read more

Author on residential schools: ‘Canadians don’t know’

The following is an excerpt from an article by Maia Kowalski that originally appeared in The Signal on October 16, 2015:

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Author Chris Benjamin talks about the history of the Schubenacadie Residential School.   Maia Kowalski

 

Speaking to a small crowd at Saint Mary’s University last night, [Chris Benjamin] said he was surprised by how much the survivors opened up to him in his interviews.

“Usually the response is, ‘people need to know,’” he said. “I think that’s sort of a mission that certain survivors have taken on, [because] they still feel Canadians don’t know – and they don’t – and they want to get their stories out there.”

Benjamin was on a “university book tour,” supporting his 2014 book, “Indian School Road: Legacies of the Shubenacadie Residential School.”

Read the full article.

 

Musquodoboit Harbour Literary Fair

Chris Benjamin will be at the Literary Fair in Musquodoboit Harbour in the Old School Gathering Place on November 7 from 1-4 pm. This event is part of a weekend long celebration of authors and words:

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Saturday, November 7

Afternoon Readings from 1 to 4 pm. There will also be a book fair during this time with signings by local authors.

Jenni Blackmore     1:00-1:10

Chris Benjamin 1:10-1:20
Anne Simpson         1:20-1:30
Donna Morrissey   1:30-1:40
Ian Colford               1:40-1:50

Tea Demonstration          2:00-2:30

Art Burton                            2:30-2:40

Melanie Mosher                 2:40-2:50
Melody Fitzpatrick             2:50-3:00
Vivien Gorham                    3:00-3:10

Steve Vernon                      3:10-3:20

L.P. Suzanne Atkinson      3:20-3:30
Gerald Daye                          3:30-3:40

Rowland Marshall              3:40-3:50

Brett Loney                          3:50-4:00

From 7 to 9 pm

Deirdre Dwyer                    7:15-7:30

Genevieve Graham            7:30-7:45

Bethana Sullivan                 7:45-8:00

Karen Schlick                       8:00-8:15

Patrick Woodcock             8:15- 8:30

Saint Mary’s University presents journalist Chris Benjamin’s Indian School Road

Thursday, October 15 at 4:30 pm, Saint Mary’s University presents Chris Benjamin, journalist and author of Indian School Road: Legacies of the Shubenacadie Residential School.

Where? At the Loyola Academic Complex (5865 Gorsebrook Avenue) -  Room 175.

Everyone welcome!

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“…a gut-wrenching and much-needed historical work…I’d like to see Indian School Road as mandatory reading in all Canadian high schools and universities.” –Marjorie Simmins, The Antigonish Review

“It’s a powerful, hard-hitting book that will bring the whole sordid history of the schools to new audiences.”
–Paul Bennett, Chronicle Herald

“Reading this book will at least get us past the comfortable lies.”
–Jon Tattrie, Atlantic Books Today

Through research, interviews and first-hand testimony, journalist Chris Benjamin guides readers through the tragic history of the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School, including the stories of students, principals, and teachers from its founding in 1930 to present.

Indian School Road Comes to Port Hawkesbury

Public Talk by Chris Benjamin

author of Indian School Road:

Legacies of the Shubenacadie Residential School

 

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Winner of the 2013 Dave Greber Freelance Writers Award for Social Justice writing

When: Wednesday, 13 October 2015, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Where:

Nova Scotia Community College

Port Hawkesbury Campus Theatre

226 Reeves St. Port Hawkesbury

 

“This book demonstrates vividly the wounds and scars accumulated by the incarcerated children will not heal in their lifetimes”

– Daniel Paul

 

“It’s a powerful, hard-hitting book that will bring the whole sordid history of the schools to new audiences.”

– Paul Bennett, the Chronicle Herald

 

All are welcome!

 

Public Talk by Author Chris Benjamin

To help Mount Saint Vincent University commemorate Mi’kmaq History Month (October), award-winning author Chris Benjamin will be speaking about his book, Indian School Road: Legacies of the Shubenacadie Residential School (Nimbus, 2014).

October 7 at 12:00–13:30
Mount Saint Vincent University (166 Bedford Highway, Halifax) in
Seton Building, Auditorium D
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Indian School Road book talks at NS Universities

The Indian School Road Fall 2015 University Book Tour continues with two events next week!

Tuesday, Sept 29, 4:30 – 6:30 pm, at Dalhousie University’s McCain Arts & Social Sciences Building (6135 University Avenue), Room 2012, in Halifax, Chris Benjamin will give a talk on the Shubenacadie Residential School based on his book, Indian School Road.

On Wednesday, Sept 30, 7:00-9:00 pm, at StFX University’s MacKay Lounge (in the Bloomfield Centre) in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Chris Benjamin will give a talk on the Shubenacadie Residential School based on his book, Indian School Road.

Talking Residential Schools

Two upcoming events on the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School:

Friday, Sept 18, 12:00 noon until 2:20 pm, at the University of Prince Edward Island Main Faculty Lounge in Charlottetown. Chris Benjamin will give a talk on the Shubenacadie Residential School based on his book, Indian School Road.

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Saturday, Sept 19, 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm, at the Halifax Central Library (5440 Spring Garden Road). Authors Chris Benjamin and Carol MacDougall will read from and discuss their recent books, one non-fiction and one fiction, each of which features a residential school and its lasting impacts and the concept of reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Canada.

 

 

Jeff Bursey & Friends & Books

Date: Wednesday, Aug 26

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia offices, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax

Perks: COFFEE and snacks

Admission: FREE

Prince Edward new-jeff-cover-216x300Island-based author Jeff Bursey will be in Halifax launching his new novel, Mirrors on which dust has fallen. 

Joining him will be poet and short story writer Carole Langille, poet Shalan Joudry, and novelist/short story/non-fiction writer Chris Benjamin, each reading recently published works and signing books, which will be available onsite from Bookmark.