Learning with Syeyutsus Speaker Series

The crimes carried out at St. Paul’s Indian Residential School in North Vancouver scarred untold numbers of Indigenous children and families across generations. Sam George was one of these children. Sam’s story follows his childhood growing up on the Eslhá7an (Mission) reserve to St. Paul’s, where he weathered physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Sam spent much of his life navigating the effects of this trauma – prison, addiction, and challenging relationships – until he found the strength to face his past. Now an Elder and educator with the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, Sam shares his harrowing story, in his own words. An ember of Sam’s spirit always burned within him, and even in the darkest of places he retained his humour and dignity.

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The Fire Still Burns: Life In and After Residential School

by Sam George & Jill Goldberg

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About the Authors

Sam George is a Squamish Elder and a survivor of the Canadian Indian Residential School system. A retired longshoreman and semi-retired drug and alcohol counsellor, Sam now works as an educator with the Indian Residential School Survivors Society and speaks with students and community groups about his experiences.

Jill Goldberg is a writer and an instructor of creative writing and literature at Langara College in Vancouver. She teaches the Writing Lives course in which students interview residential school Survivors in order to collaborate with them to write their memoirs.

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