For over 100 years, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate operated St. Mary’s Mission, a residential school near Mission, BC. Now the stories of its former students are told for the first time. In Amongst God’s Own, acclaimed writer Terry Glavin has woven the accounts of 35 native elders into a bold, uncompromising narrative of life at St. Mary’s.
Sitting with the Oblates’ arrival and their establishment of the Mission on the Fraser River, Glavin tracks the chronology of St. Mary’s through the 20th century, revealing the Order’s religious, political, and social underpinnings. Native voices recount the realities of day–to–day life at the school. Moving beyond the prevalent discourse of oppression and victimhood, the result is a ground–breaking portrait of this place and time that illuminates 200 years of Native–white interaction in BC.
Enhancing the stories are 60 photos culled from personal and archival collections. Amongst God’s Own is a unique record of a people at a crossroads, caught in a clash between government and religious authority whose consequences reverberate to this day.
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Terry Glavin is a well–known author and winner of the Lieutenant–Governor's Award for Literature in 2009. He is the author of many books, several of which have been finalists for the Governor–General's Award and the BC Book Prizes. The Last Great Sea won the Hubert Evans Non–Fiction Prize. His books include A Death Feast in Dimlahamid (1990), Nemiah: The Unconquered Country (1992), A Ghost In the Water (1994), This Ragged Place (1996), The Last Great Sea (2000), and Waiting For the Macaws (2006).
Victoria–based freelance writer Ben Parfitt is the author of Forestopia: A Practical Guide to the New Forest Economy (1994) and Forest Follies: Adventures and Misadventures In the Great Canadian Forest (1998)
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Book Description New Star Books, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 1st. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0968604617