Now on Knowbc: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

A finalist on CBC’s Canada Reads and winner of the Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Metis Literature, the brilliant novel Indian Horse by the late Richard Wagamese has sold over 200,000 copies and is being taught in classrooms across Canada. It is the inspiring story of an Ojibway man named Saul Indian Horse who was removed from his natural family at the age of eight to attend a brutal residential school run by the Catholic Church. Forced to give up his Indigenous heritage and adopt a language and ways foreign to him, Saul suffers abuse at the hands of the nuns, priests and workers who run the school. Saul’s salvation is the game of hockey, which he plays endlessly and learns to excel at. His skill allows him to escape from the school and gradually work his way up to the Pro leagues. But racism pursues him and he finds he must continue his struggle to come to terms with his true identity.

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