Squamish Elder Sam George releases memoir on surviving St. Paul’s residential school

By Mina Kerr-Lazenby  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter It is a cold, drizzly Thursday afternoon, and S?wx?wu7mesh (Squamish) Elder Sam George is reclined in his favourite armchair, taking refuge from the rain in his home on the Eslha7an (Mission 1)Reserve on the shores of Mosquito Creek. His demeanour is calm and composed. His manner of speaking is polite and friendly, his voice soft. In conversation, he is quick-witted and playful, offering brief glimmers of humour despite the sombre subject matter. George, who also goes by the Coast Salish name Tseatsultux, is discussing his memoir, The Fire Still Burns: Life In and After Residential School, an unflinchingly honest account of his time at St. Paul’s Indian Residential School in North Vancouver. The book, due to be released in May, details a childhood fraught…

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