New book release: The Regina Indian Industrial School

Through our subsidiary Benchmark Press, we were honoured to work with Saskatchewan author Douglas Stewart to help bring his book project to life: The Regina Indian Industrial School (1891-1910): Historical Overview and Chronological Narrative.

Stewart draws on a wide expanse of archival material to present a history of a relatively large but little-known residential school that operated just outside Regina at the end of the 19th and into the early 20th Century. The book is separated into two parts. The first locates the Regina Indian Industrial School within the wider context of residential schooling in Canada. The second part depicts the manner in which this institution was operated including the interplay among school, government, and church officials, the conditions under which 500 children and youth recruited for the school from Indigenous communities across the prairies were required to live, the impact on students of their experiences at the school and factors that led to the school’s closure in 1910.

“This book is truly an eye opener into Regina’s historical connection to residential schools,” said Pat Rediger, Managing Partner of Benchmark Press. “It’s clear that Stewart has diligently researched this subject. He provides an intimate portrait of the Regina Indian Industrial School while also expanding the scope nationally.”

Stewart is a Professor of Education (emeritus), University of Regina, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in philosophy of education. He is a past-president of the Canadian Philosophy of Education Society and a 2012 recipient of the Society’s Distinguished Service Award.

A book launch will be taking place as part of the University of Regina Research Office’s Indigenous Research Day festivities. On Oct. 25, 7-9 p.m. University of Regina Education Auditorium, Room 106.1, Stewart’s book will be launched and there were also be a film screening.

The book is currently available at SaskBooks (324-1831 College Avenue, Regina), Coles-Regina (489 Albert St N), the Benchmark Press online bookstore and Amazon.ca.

The book has garnered a lot of media attention. The Regina Leader-Post wrote an article following the book’s release: http://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/new-book-explores-history-of-regina-indian-industrial-school. The author also has interviews lined up with John Gormley Live, CBC, MBC (a province wide aboriginal oriented radio network) and Eagle Feather News later this week.

We’ll keep you posted of any new media stories and when the book becomes available through additional retailers.

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