Marquette University News Release

Indian boarding schools survivor to present on impact of experiences

October 17, 2013

Event Information:
Date: Monday, Nov. 4, 2013
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Alumni Memorial Union
Lunda and Henke Rooms
1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Theodore Fontaine, a member of Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba, Canada, will present “Conquering the Policy: Indian Boarding Schools,” to mark Native American Heritage Month on Monday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union, Lunda and Henke Rooms, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Fontaine, author of bestseller Broken Circle: The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential Schools, will provide details about his personal experiences as a survivor of physical and emotional abuse in order to inspire hope in others. Fontaine will also reflect upon the direct and generational impacts of Indian boarding and residential schools on survivors, families and communities. A reception and book signing will follow the presentation.

Angela Zapata, counselor and diversity coordinator of the Marquette University Counseling Center, will provide an introductory overview of historical and intergenerational trauma. Lea Denny, academic adviser of First Nations Studies of Milwaukee Public Schools, will also interview Fontaine about his experiences.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Student Development, Office of Public Affairs, Native American Student Association, Marquette University Student Government, First Nation Studies of Milwaukee Public Schools, and Marquette University Counseling Center.

For additional information, contact John Janulis, coordinator for intercultural engagement in the Office of Student Development, at 414-288-7205 or

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