The previously untold history of residential schools in Labrador and Newfoundland, recounted by former students and survivors.
- Short-listed, BMO Winterset Award 2021
- Winner, Peter Cashin Prize 2021
- Winner, Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing 2021
- Winner, Clio Prize (Atlantic) 2021
- Winner, Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award 2021
- Short-listed, The Honourable Edward Roberts History Book Award 2022
Left out of the national apology and reconciliation process begun in 2008, survivors of residential schools in Labrador and Newfoundland received a formal apology from the Canadian government in 2017. This recognition finally brought them into the circle of residential school survivors across Canada, and acknowledged their experiences as similarly painful and traumatic.
For years, the story of residential schools has been told by the authorities who ran them. A Long Journey helps redress this imbalance by listening closely to the accounts of former students, as well as drawing extensively on government, community, and school archives. The book examines the history of boarding schools in Labrador and St. Anthony, and, in doing so, contextualizes the ongoing determination of Indigenous communities to regain control over their children’s education.
"Procter delivers the most thorough examination of its kind. "- Jenn Thornhill Verma, Atlantic Books Today
"A Long Journey is a compelling, necessary read."- Joan Sullivan, The Telegram
"Andrea Procter's compelling and comprehensive book...amplifies and balances the personal and scholarly to provide a compassionate and measured depiction of the impacts felt by northern residents as a result of Moravian Mission and International Grenfell Association schools."- Jury, BMO Winterset Award
"A Long Journey does not just describe a historical moment; it is a part of it."- John R.H. Matchim, The Canadian Historical Review