I Teach, Travel and Love

I Teach, Travel and Love : One Woman's True Story of Adventure & Survival in Canada's Far North!

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Have you ever wondered what life is like on a modern day First Nations Indian Reserve? Inspired by an extraordinary, true story this book showcases life on a remote First Nations Reserve in Northern Canada. When Hillary is offered a teaching position on a remote, First Nation Reserve called Pleasant Valley, she is unprepared for the amazing adventures ahead. Teaching on the Reserve was only one aspect of the remarkable experience. Although she loved teaching many grade five students in a busy rotation schedule, some features of her new job were terrifying and did not bring out the best in people. Drawing upon her personal journal entries, Hillary recounts stressful situations caused by small aircraft not landing due to low ceiling heights, pilots announcing good news and bad news. Read from the comfort of your favorite chair, what it was like for her to discover an unannounced Native man in her living room feigning an eye injury so that he could use her bathroom and steal all her hairspray! "i Teach, Preach and Love" parachutes you onto a remote, First Nation Reserve that is more akin to a ghetto experience, complete with boil only water warnings, rather than the dream job hoped to obtain after graduating from Teacher's College. HISTORICAL BACKGROUND: In 1876, the Indian Act of Canada mandated Native Indians to live on parcels of land, called Reserves. Indian families were forced to surrender their young children and send them to schools far away from home. These were called Residential Schools. Many of the schools were underfunded and innocent children suffered and tragically died. In 1972, the control of education was transferred to the First Nations peoples of Canada, yet the funding remained the responsibility of provincial and federal governments of Canada. On June 11th, 2008, Prime Minister Harper publicly apologized to former students of Residential Schools and stated it was a "sad chapter in our history." He admitted there were "two primary objectives of the residential school systems. One was to remove and isolate the children from the influence of their homes, families and traditions and cultures. The second was to assimilate the children into a dominant culture." Residential school survivors who suffered serious psychological effects from attending the schools received payments up to $250,000.00. It is estimated payments will cost the government a total of one billion to two billion dollars. Historical data is of significance because it lays the foundation for the current educational situation facing Native children on Reserves highlighted within the book, "i Teach, Preach and Love." As an "import" teacher I witnessed other factors outside of the classroom that were unusual considering I was living within the great country of Canada. At university, my major was history. I studied in depth the sad history of the First Nations peoples and unexpectedly developed a compassionate heart towards the aboriginal peoples of Canada. "i Teach, Preach and Love" is of value because it illuminates aspects of life on a Reserve that major television networks with their cameras only attempt to capture on film. But, unless you live on a Reserve and see first-hand, it is impossible to understand the complexities, poverty and despair facing most of the Aboriginal peoples. ENJOY!show more

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  • Paperback | 258 pages
  • 133.35 x 203.2 x 14.73mm | 358.34g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507538278
  • 9781507538272

About Hillary Phillips

Hillary Phillips is the author of the inspiring true story of "i Teach, Travel and Love." She is also a full-time teacher and has taught for many years from elementary to college levels. Hillary enjoys swimming, travel, gardening, reading, writing and spending time with family and friends in sunny Florida!show more