Wawahte: Subject: Canadian Indian Residential Schools

Robert P Wells (Author)

Product Details

Trafford Publishing
Publish Date
March 19, 2012
5.5 X 0.47 X 8.5 inches | 0.59 pounds
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About the Author

I grew up in the 1940s at my family's fishing lodge in remote northwestern Ontario. Home was 104 miles down the railroad track from now Thunder Bay.

As a child, I was not aware of a privileged childhood. To think of my life as enchanting or special was absurd; it was just there - a part of everyday life. When out-of-door, I lived in the Indigenous world, which brings me to why I wrote Wawahte. I promised to my dear friend Moochum Joe, that when I became old, I would: "Draw words on paper telling my kind how bad Indian people were treated. They take our kids away and not allow us to live as to who are. They sell me a child's train ticket to ride on the train - I am an 'insulted' old man!"

I became more and more aware, how much my friends and growing up in the Canadian bush are a part of who I became. I married Inge, who was born in Germany, and we became parents to a blue-eyed blond-haired boy whose out-of-doors play language was Anisinabek. My friends. My life as a fishing and hunting guide and fur trapper and twenty-eight years as an Ontario Conservation Officer have resulted in my appreciation for nature and interest in First Nation(s) culture and their history.

We are sufficiently mature to live in the truth of our history. Our challenge is to agree on the need for a different future relationship....