November 5, 2018
Born and raised in Chapleau, Bill McLeod had already written three books about the area, but knew that eventually he would have to tackle the dark and deadly history of its residential schools.
“Stories about the residential schools kept cropping up,” said McLeod, now a Sudbury resident. “None of them were very nice.”
Some of those stories, detailing the physical and emotional suffering of hundreds of Indigenous children, hit very close to home. His own grandfather, also named William, served from 1913 to 1916 as the local Indian agent, chief administrator for First Nations affairs in the district. While he gathered research, McLeod contacted the national library in Ottawa and asked if they had any of his namesake’s correspondence.
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