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Sunday March 28, 2010 in Books
Sisters is a tough, uncompromising look at a convent-run Native residential school. While the play chronicles in graphic detail the by now well documented agenda of cultural genocide which motivated the establishment of Native residential schools in Canada, the daring triumph of this play is that it reveals the far less well documented cultural infrastructure and values of the society which created those schools—the church and the state of white, colonial, paternalist Canada.
ISBN 13: 9780889222892 | ISBN 10: 889222894
6 W x 9 H inches | 96 pages
$15.95 CAN / $16.95 US
Backlist | Drama | Bisac: DRA013000
QUOTES OF NOTE
“Lill plunges deeply into the mysteries of the human heart.”
— NeWest Review
“a powerful dramatic exploration of hypocrisy and the human conscience.”
— Halifax Chronicle Herald
“intelligent and articulate.”
— Winnipeg Free Press
Winner of the 1992 Gemini Award
Winner of the 1992 Newfoundland and Labrador Drama Festival, Labatt’s Play Award
About the ContributorsWendy Lill
Wendy Lill has not only written extensively for radio, magazines, film, television and the stage, but has also been active in national politics. In 1979, while with CBC Radio in Winnipeg, Lill wrote her first play, On the Line, to dramatize the plight of striking Winnipeg garment industry workers. Since then, her plays have gone on to examine the Canadian women’s suffrage movement (The Fighting Days); aboriginal-white relations (The Occupation of Heather Rose, Sisters); pedophilia and mass hysteria (All Fall Down); the slashing of social programs (Corker); and the dangerous lives of coal miners in her adopted province of Nova Scotia (The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum).
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF); and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.