Stolen Lives: The Indigenous Peoples of Canada and The Indian Residential Schools

Stolen Lives: The Indigenous Peoples of Canada and The Indian Residential Schools

Stolen Lives is a groundbreaking resource, designed for Canadian educators, that provides an examination of the Indian Residential Schools and their long-lasting effects on Canada’s Indigenous Peoples. Through primary source material, first-person accounts, and questions that lead to rich classroom conversations, students learn about this tragic history, and can analyze the devastating effects that the residential schools have on former students, their families, and entire indigenous communities. Facing History’s unique approach empowers educators to connect this history to today’s conversations about the apologies given by the government and churches, the work of the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the debate about whether the colonial policies these schools embodied amount to genocide.

Stolen Lives is also available as a French digital book for educators teaching in a French-speaking setting.

Educators in Canada interested in purchasing print copies or borrowing a class set of the resource can learn more here.

Related Content

Genocide & Mass Violence

An Introduction to the History of Eugenics and its Application in Canada

Dr. Molly Ladd-Taylor gives a brief history of the eugenics movement and how it was applied in Canada.


The Government Apologizes

Reflect on the apologies from the Canadian government to the Indigenous Peoples of Canada, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper's 2008 public apology.


Are Apologies Enough?

Consider two indigenous leaders' reflections on the shortcomings of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's public apology in achieving movement toward justice and reconciliation.


Killing the Indian in the Child

Learn about the goal of assimilation held by many in colonial Canada and its influence on the creation of the Indian Residential Schools system.

Search Our Global Collection

Everything you need to get started teaching your students about racism, antisemitism and prejudice.