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Most Canadians turn a blind eye towards or have no knowledge of the horrors of residential schools for Aboriginal children. Residential schools were operated for the sole purpose of “killing the Indian” inside of each child. The Catholic nuns and priests left in charge were given the role of bringing the children into civilization and removing their primitive, savage culture. Their methods were cruel; however, this gave Aboriginal writers an important topic to write about in hopes of spreading awareness. A writer who tackled this difficult topic is Richard Wagamese, author of Indian Horse. In this novel the protagonist Saul is on the twisted road of healing. Saul is haunted by the memories of St. Jerome’s and the abuse he experienced shaped him into the alcoholic he had later become. The ongoing pain hinders him from moving forward but in order to fully heal, Saul must realize and revisit the residential school and his troubled past.

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