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Xwist Memin Kin I Want to go Home: Memories of Kamloops Residential School and Joeyaska Ranch

Xwist Memin Kin I Want to go Home: Memories of Kamloops Residential School and Joeyaska Ranch

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Personal memories of people, routines, rules, and education at an Indian residential school are outlined.

It is a very different picture when compared with home life and family visits. The Government of Canada intended to separate children from parents, traditions, language, and spiritual beliefs, but these were the very things that saved and nurtured Nk'xetko, Mary Jane Joe.

"By describing my twelve years of suffering at the school, year by year and grade by grade I realized that the strengths that held me together and gave me the courage to survive and finish school were the teachings of my parents and grandmother. I never said thank you to them. They have passed away but their love and resilience live on. This book is a belated kwuks chemxw, thank you, my dear family."

Author: Mary Jane Joe
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Published: 08/21/2021
Pages: 112
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.35lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.23d
ISBN: 9780228850250

About the Author
Joe, Mary Jane: - Born Nk'xetko at the Joeyaska Ranch near Merritt B.C. Mary Jane Joe witnessed firsthand what it meant to be status Indian. Parents and siblings were sent to Indian residential schools and subjected to harsh rules of assimilation. The Sterling Family of Joeyaska nurtured Nk'xetko through her schooling and after Grade 12 graduation sent her off to university to start a degree but the overwhelming strains of city life canceled those plans. Getting married, starting a family, and moving to the Yukon far from Joeyaska resulted in a new type of stress that residential school hadn't prepared her for. It was in raising two children who asked about her childhood that forced Nk'xetko to seek professional counselling. The tide of self-hatred began to diminish in studying scriptures found in the Bible giving her the courage to complete two university degrees by age forty-seven, teaching for eighteen years in post-secondary colleges and institutions, despite being called a failure.My family taught me to yemit to pray to the Creator about everything that matters. I retired from teaching and now serve Langara College as Elder-in-Residence. I am happily married to Wayne, we live in the community of Musqueam, Vancouver, B.C. and best of all I teach my three grandchildren that prayers in the language, traditional crafts, songs, dance and drumming make the circle complete and bring much joy. My parents were correct; yemit to the Creator, and maintain strong family ties: these are what's important in this world. We also have a hope in the afterlife, where, We will see our ancestors in the stars when we become star people.

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