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Through Migizi’s life, we experience a glimpse of every Indigenous life lived in Canada. Set from 1918 to the 1960s, Migizi survives the abuses of residential schools and tries to live life as a Canadian. He joins the army and becomes a war hero only to return to a country that barely tolerates his existence. His bravery and perseverance is unwavering until he is forced to ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by FriesenPress
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Michelle (Sherbet Lemon)
When I saw this book on Netgalley for review, I knew that I needed to request it, as it took me until university to actually learn about how dire/sad the history of the aboriginal / first nations people in Canada was and still remains to be; and once I was taught about it, I was astounded by how little I actually knew. Now I want to make a concerted effort to learn more about this tragic aspect of Canadian history.

This is the account of one man's experiences growing up as a first nations person
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Erika
Jun 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
--I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are purely my own and not influenced in any way.--
I've been holding off on this one for a little while and finally got around to reading it. Migizi is not a terrible narrator and given that I know literally nothing about the struggles and tragedies that befell the Native Canadian people, it was nice to have something to look up and learn about. I couldn't really feel much for the characters because I feel like the ch
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Elite Group
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Taking the Indian out of the Indian”

Magizi has been forced to leave his family and attend school hundreds of miles from his tribe. This, because of a law passed by the Canadian government who decided that the indigenous people of Canada had to learn English, French and “European Christian” values and culture. The school he attended is run by Catholic nuns, priests, and brothers.

At first, Magizi looks at school life as an adventure but thanks to his first and best friend, Geezis, from the Ojibw
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Amie's Book Reviews
Disturbing. Heart-Breaking. Horrifying.  Sickening. Riveting.

These are just some of the words that come to mind after reading Baron Alexander Deschauer's CONCENTRATION CAMPS OF CANADA.

Although this is a fictional story, it is based on fact. That is what makes it so disturbing.

BUT, it is for exactly for that reason that every Canadian, and indeed, every North American, needs to read this book.

No longer should the sins of the past be allowed to stay hidden. Everyone needs to know just what it
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Tripfiction
Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it
A sad tale of subjugated people (Native Canadians)



The title is misleading and – dare one say it – intended to shock. It is said by the authors (but disputed by others) that Hitler gained his ‘inspiration’ for the concentration camps in Germany from the treatment of the native population in Canada by the ruling colonials powers. Yes, they were herded into reservations and yes, they suffered many deprivations – but to say they were in concentration camps is a step too far.

The exaggeration aside, C
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Mandy
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is an important book from an historical point of view but unfortunately it is not a very good novel, lacking as it does psychological depth and complexity. Through the eyes and experiences of one Ojibwa man, from childhood to adulthood, we learn of the appalling cruelty, abuse, racism, prejudice and injustice that Canadian native peoples endured at the hands of the Canadian authorities. The book starts with Migizi’s arrival at a residential school. The residential school system was set up t ...more
Erikka
I feel that this book would have been better with literally any other title, as this one reflected only a very small piece of the plot.. It was about the life of a Canadian Ojibwa man and, through him, the lives of Canadian natives in general. It was extremely sad, especially knowing that our treatment of indigenous peoples has not improved with time, in Canada or the US. They still have the highest rate of gambling, drinking, and suicide of any race. They are sequestered to small desert communi ...more
Sara
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, net-galley-read
Holy Shit. I don't have worlds and I need time to comprehend what I just read. This was intense and emotional and has made me a complete mess of emotions. I've never personally experienced this type of treatment of people based on heritage, and I can't sympathize being a white middle class American, but that doesn't mean that I have to agree. And this book brought me to tears of both sadness and completely and utter anger. A human being should be treated as a human being no matter what their her ...more
Michelle Kidwell
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing


Concentration Camps of Canada

by Baron Alexander Deschauer

FriesenPress



General Fiction (Adult) , Teens & YA

Pub Date 13 Jun 2017

I am reviewing Concentration Camps of Canada through FriesenPress and Netgalley:

This book is set between 1918 and 1960, and talks about Migizi's life, the abuses he survives in residential schools. From the first day his Teacher changes his name to David, because it is easier to say. He was beat on the hands with a yardstick because he ate before Grace was said.

The studen
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Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, decent
Concentration Camps of Canada was a book I read when I was going through a reading phase on true stories. While Concentration Camps of Canada is an amazing story of one boy's journey for acceptance and the trials of his life, I didn't connect well with the main characters and that could be because of the cultural differences but I still found it an entertaining and gripping read. ...more
Bex
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book took off in ways I wasn't expecting. Told through the eyes of Migizi, over a relatively large time frame, we see life from the view of the indigenous people of Canada. Some of the scenes are bleak and harrowing, but perhaps all the more important to challenge yourself to read because of that. Sometimes I think that reading something like this goes a long way towards understanding the memories of those who struggled through difficult, disturbing times to hopefully stop history from repe ...more
Kayla Rae
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
I read this book through NetGalley.

This book is not the most well-written story you will read, but it is important. It follows the life of a Native Canadian, from forced assimilation education through World War II and beyond. It is a great view into largely unknown parts of Canadian history. It's also a short read. I read it in a day.
That being said, I wish it were longer. Each snapshot into Migizi's life was interesting, but too brief. This could have easily been three times as long, focusing
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Cindy Stone
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Concentration Camps of Canada by Baron Deschauer
Inspired by a true historical story about an indigenous man from Western Canada, Baron Deschauer weaves a compelling tragedy that spans several decades. The story begins in the 1920’s when ‘Migizi’, plucked from his family and launched into the residential school system, meets his first friend, ‘Geezis’ in the school yard. Migizi is all innocence, curiosity and incomprehension about where he is and what the expectations are in this alien environmen
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Stephanie
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Migizi is an Indigenous Canadian who is pulled away from his family and sent to a residential school with other Indians as the government attempt to strip away everything 'Indian' about him. Migizi is now called David, he is not allowed to speak his own language, practice any customs or traditions or talk about his old life. All of the children must work and if they fall ill, they are sequestered away until they die. No doctors are called. The children that survive are often abused by the Brothe ...more
Michelle
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Often times here in the States, we view Canada as this sort of Ice Utopia, very cold with violent hockey players but universal healthcare and better equality. When talking with some of my Canadian friends however they mentioned that just like America likes to hide some of its sordid past, Canada has its own history that it isn't proud of. One large example has to be Canada’s relationship with its First Nation or Native Americans (First Peoples.)
By focusing on one man out of the many who strugg
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Ceylan (CeyGo)
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley, 2017
Thank you to NetGalley & The Author for an advance copy of this book.

4/5 stars
A part of my reading goal for this year has been to read more about Canada and it's history. This book certainly fit right in with that goal.

Overall, it was a very quick and extremely sad read. As a 1.5 gen Canadian who has grown to love Canada, learning more and more about it's very disturbing and sad history of it's treatment of it's Indigenous people is heartbreaking.

We follow Migizi from his early childhood in a
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Josephine
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Prémisse prometteuse et bases historiques intéressantes mais histoire qui déçoit par moment par son manque de profondeur et de fluidité. J'aurais apprécié avoir davantage accès aux pensées de Migizi. Le récit se déroule sur une longue période mais la complexité des situations vécues par le protagoniste est peu exploitée. Dommage, car ce fut une lecture agréable malgré tout. Merci Goodreads Giveaways de m'avoir permis de découvrir cet auteur.

The historic (and true) basis of the novel are interes
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Peter Hawkeye
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A tragic, sobering view into the unempathetic attitudes; that are still so evident in this century; towards the indigenous people of one's country. Well worth reading I thought. I felt totally saddened at the completion of the reading. ...more
Abby Pechin
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
An entertaining and eye-opening read about the treatment of Native Americans in Canada. This book would be a great tool for anyone seeking to learn more about the conditions of indigenous people throughout history in Canada.
Magreads
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved it, posting a full non spoiler review in my blog soon ❤❤
Melanie
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Heartbreaking. Powerful storytelling. Normally I would write more about a book I just read, but for this book, I cannot. You just have to read for yourself.
El
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Full review here. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for review.

In the late nineteenth-century in Canada, residential schools were created for the sole purpose of removing indigenous children from their homes and their families in a mandatory fashion in order to teach them how to assimilate to Canadian culture – thus stripping them of their own cultures, religions, beliefs, and languages – through physical, emotional, and often, sexual abuse. These schools and their essential ge
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