Alexandra Shimo

The Scars To Prove It

In the mid 2000s, new programs made it seem like Canada might finally reckon with the toxic legacy of residential schools. Less than 10 years later, they’re going broke and forgotten. Sounds familiar.

‘Let Us Be Gone Forever’

Surviving a brutal residential school should have been a victory for a young First Nations boy. But in this excerpt from Up Ghost River, it’s a moment of relative calm in a lifetime of exploitation.