‘At the time, as young kids, it sounded good … like we were going to make it in a day or 2’
By Brandi Morin, CBC News, September 21, 2017
When the highway connecting Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk year-round finally opens in November, Bernard Andreason hopes to be there.
But it will be a celebration tinged with loss and regret. Read the rest of this entry
by Jeff Gammage, Philly.com, August 8, 2017
CARLISLE, Pa. — Nelson White Eagle, gray and stiff at 78, needed time to make his way across the wet grass to the graves of the children, but when he got there, he didn’t hesitate: Read the rest of this entry
by Marlene Leung, CTV News, Dec 15, 2015
Aboriginal children attending residential schools died at a higher rate than school-aged children in the general population, and were often buried in unmarked graves, according to the final report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
The commission released its final report Tuesday afternoon, marking the culmination of six years of research and interviews with more than 6,000 residential school survivors and their families. Read the rest of this entry
Toby Obed says former students in North West River were scared of staff
by CBC News, Oct 5, 2015
An Inuit man told a St. John’s courtroom Monday that he never felt loved at the Labrador residential school he was forced to attend, and that punishment against Inuit students was very common.
Toby Obed said students at the North West River school were also bullied and taunted but staff did nothing to protect them.
“We were scared of staff. They could do or say anything at anytime,” Obed sobbed as he testified during a class action lawsuit at Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador. Read the rest of this entry
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s 2008 apology to Indian residential school survivors was a “strategic attempt to kill the story,” according to former speechwriter in the Prime Minister’s Office at the time.
Paul Bunner was the head speechwriter in Harper’s PMO between 2006 and 2009.
Bunner’s views on the Indian residential school apology and the possible motivation behind it recently surfaced on a blog by Coast Salish Native American writer Robert Jago who outed a series of Conservative candidates, current and former MP staffers, along with Bunner for their comments and views on First Nation people. Read the rest of this entry
By Daniel Schwartz, CBC News, June 2, 2015
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Canada’s Indian residential schools uses the term cultural genocide for what happened to the 150,000 or so aboriginal children and their families while the schools operated.
“Residential schooling was always more than simply an educational program: it was an integral part of a conscious policy of cultural genocide,” the TRC’s summary report states. Read the rest of this entry
Thousands marched through the streets of Ottawa on Sunday in an effort to “transform and renew” the relationship between aboriginal people and other Canadians.
Residential school survivors, along with friends and family, made the symbolic walk under dreary skies along a five-kilometre route from Gatineau, Que., past Parliament Hill and ended at Ottawa’s City Hall.
The walk comes as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada prepares to release its final report on residential schools Tuesday. Launched in 2009, the commission was given a five-year mandate to examine a dark chapter in Canada’s history and find out exactly how many aboriginal children died while in these schools. Read the rest of this entry
By John Paul Tasker, CBC News, May 29, 2015
At least 6,000 aboriginal children died while in the residential school system, says Justice Murray Sinclair, the chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Sinclair, who has been tasked with studying the legacy of the residential schools, says that the figure is just an estimate and is likely much higher. Residential schools were established in the 19th century and the last ones closed in 1996. Read the rest of this entry
Indigenous men are more likely to be murdered than anyone else in Canada – possibly more than 2,000 in a 30-year period.