"Calling Down the Sky" is a compelling poetry collection that describes deep personal experiences and post-generational effects of the Canadian Aboriginal residential school confinements in the 1960s when thousands of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children were placed in these schools against their parents wishes. Many were forbidden to speak their language and practice their own culture. Rosanna Deerchild exposes how the residential schools systematically undermined Indigenous culture across Canada and disrupted families for generations, severing the ties through which Indigenous culture is taught and sustained, and contributing to a general loss of language and culture. The devastating effects of the residential schools are far-reaching and continue to have significant impact on Indigenous communities.
Rosanna Deerchild is the host of "Unreserved" on CBC Radio One. She is an award-winning Cree author and has worked for a variety of Indigenous newspapers and for major networks for almost 15 years, including APTN, CBC Radio and Global. She lives in South Indian Lake, Manitoba.
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