Event provides comfort and space for residential school survivors

Residential school survivors gathered together to support one another and share this week. Hosted by Moose Cree First Nation and Kashechewan First Nation, a survivors’ summit was held from Tuesday, Feb 13 to Thursday, Feb. 15 in Timmins, bringing together residential school survivors from northern Ontario and Quebec. “We have…

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Timmins woman’s work catches governor general’s attention

A Timmins woman is being honoured by the governor general for her contributions and community work. Vanessa Génier, the founder of Quilts for Survivors, is being awarded a meritorious service decoration (civil division) from Governor General Mary Simon for providing quilts and comfort to residential school survivors.  Génier,…

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Iqaluit to host national gathering on unmarked graves at residential schools

Unmarked burials and the experiences of Inuit and northern communities will be the focus of a conference opening in Iqaluit later this week. Participants from across the country will attend the sixth National Gathering on Unmarked Burials, running Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 at the Aqsarniit hotel…

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‘People have to know’: Children’s book focuses on residential school experience

It started with a napkin. Mission Public School District Indigenous Mentor teacher Peggy Janicki and her brother were visiting their mother, Mary O’Connal, at the hospital. O’Connal was a survivor of Lejac Residential School in Fort Saint James and was at Abbotsford Hospital with a broken hip. While workers were taking…

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