Starting with Truth: 6 Residential School Memoirs to Read for Those Seeking Truth and Reconciliation

I’ve often been asked for book recommendations with the question “Where should I start?”. Each of the books listed below helped me better understand Canada’s truth from the words of those who directly experienced the residential school system. They use the power of a residential school survivor’s unique personal stories to share important first-hand truths about Canada’s colonial residential school system and their legacy which we are still experiencing today. Obviously, our colonial truth doesn’t end in the past with residential schools but, if you’re a settler like myself, these memoirs are a good place to start.