The Fire Still Burns by Elder Sam George
Set in the Vancouver area in the late 1940s and through to the present day, this unflinching account follows Sam from his idyllic childhood on the Eslhá7an (Mission) reserve to the confines of St. Paul’s Indian Residential School, and then into a life of addiction and incarceration. But an ember of Sam’s spirit always burned within him, and so this is also a story of survival, recovery, and redemption, of facing past trauma to rebuild a life and a future.
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Squamish Elder Sam George bares his soul in a new memoir of his life before and after residential school. The Fire Still Burns launches in North Vancouver on June 3, 2023. Elizabeth McSheffrey reports.
In 'The Fire Still Burns,' Sam George recounts his residential school experience and how it led to a life of addiction, violence and imprisonment
Join us for a facilitated discussion of Sam George’s recent memoir The Fire Still Burns: Life In and After Residential School. This event will offer time and space to reflect on this memoir, the legacy of Residential Schools, and on our own journeys towards reconciliation.
Sam George is unsparing in his accounts of the years lost to drugs and alcohol, and the damage he did to people close to him.
Good memoir writing seeks to reveal the truth of someone's lived experience. Bringing a lifetime of stories alive and crafting them into a compelling narrative requires patience, empathy and willingness on the part of the subjects to truly reveal themselves through an honest lens.