Sugar Falls

Sugar Falls

A Residential School Story

Book - 2011
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A school assignment to interview a residential school survivor leaders Daniel to Betsy, his friend's grandmother, who tells him her story. Abandoned as a young child, Betsy was soon adopted into a loving family. A few short years later, at the age of 8, everything changed. Betsy was taken away to a residential school. There she was forced to endure abuse and indignity, but she remembers her fathers words - words that gave her the resilience, strength, and determination to survive.
Publisher: Winnipeg : HighWater Press, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781553793342
Characteristics: 40 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm


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Aug 03, 2017

Crude drawings, language, and storytelling.

vpl_childrens Aug 04, 2016

Sugar Falls is a graphic novel which depicts the true story of Residential School survivor Betty Ross, an elder from the Cross Lake First Nation. The heavy tone is beautifully carried by Robertson's words and Henderson's panels.

May 13, 2015

Love this book, love this author. Gives a re-telling of the real life story of Betty Ross, Elder from Cross Lake First Nation, who was first kicked out of her house by her mother (a residential school survivor herself) at the age of 5, and is later adopted by a family who happens to find her. At age 8, a priest from the residential school across the lake comes and takes her there, where she is forced to learn Latin, work in the fields, be physically abused by the nuns and sexually abused by the priest. After several years, she moves to Winnipeg and finishes high school.
A touching, loving, non-preachy story told in a respectful way with the message to keep the First Nations culture and stories and memories alive.
40 pages (easy to read in one sitting), black and white drawings.

Jun 07, 2014

I read this comic type book.. very good information in it..

about the strength of indigenous children & the state's abuse of families & communities in relation to ethnocide.


makes the connection to Helen Betty Osbourne , who was harassed, kidnapped & repeatedly sexually assaulted & stomped & torn up inside her body with a beer bottle by 4 Canadian guys lookin' for some fun!


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