Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Residential School Survivor Who Wrote Memoir Dies at the Age of 87

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Residential School Survivor Who Wrote Memoir Dies at the Age of 87

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Residential school author dies at age 87

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PRINCE ALBERT, Canada - A residential school survivor who found a measure of fame late in his life has died.

Joseph (Augie) Merasty was living on the streets of Prince Albert, Sask., when he wrote his 2015 memoir "The Education of Augie Merasty."

The book documents a decade of abuse Merasty suffered at a residential school near Sturgeon Landing, Sask.

The 87-year-old died Monday morning in a Prince Albert nursing home.

Merasty was five years old when he was sent to the school.

He began work on the book after reaching out to the University of Saskatchewan for help sharing his story.

"I talk about that school and all the cruel things, and what kinds of punishment we get for the least little things," Merasty told CTV News in a 2015 interview. …

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