I just finished reading a second book written by Canadian/Ojibway author Richard Wagamese. A friend in my book club suggested we read Wagamese’s book Medicine Walk. We were so captivated by the book we decided to read another, Indian Horse, which was an official selection for CBC’s Canada Reads program in 2013. Wagamese describes a Canada I am not familiar with. He describes the great Canadian outdoors so vividly that you feel like you’re in rural Alberta. Wagamese writes so passionately about Canada’s national sport, hockey, that you can smell the ice. He also writes about the painful history of Residential Schools.
My book club(myself included) believe Wagamese’s books would be a great addition to high school curriculums across the provinces. Wagamese sheds light on Canadian history in a very authentic way.
Interestingly, today the Huffington Post published a feature article on a recommendation made by a commissioner on the Truth an Reconciliation Commission that an education of Residential Schools be mandatory in high schools across Canada. I strongly believe Wagamese’s books could be good start.
Read the article from the Huffington Post: