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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Films about monsters, residential schools among those with Canadian links at Sundance

A horror film about a rampaging monster and a documentary about missing residential schoolchildren are among the projects with Canadian ties heading to the Sundance Film Festival. Organizers announced 82 feature-length films, including several involving Canadians, bound for the Park City, Utah festival set for Jan. 18 to 28…

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Foster-care system maintains brutality of residential schools, Natuashish woman tells inquiry

A woman who delivered powerful testimony to an inquiry into children in care hopes that no other Innu children from Labrador are moved thousands of kilometres away from their homes and family.  “I was alone. I felt alone for many years,” said Natuashish resident Munik Penashue, who spoke publicly about her experiences to the Inquiry…

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Special interlocutor ‘waiting’ for MP bill criminalizing residential school denialism

Canada’s justice minister is considering options raised by the independent adviser on unmarked graves, who says Indigenous leaders want Canada to move on criminalizing residential school denialism. Kimberly Murray called on lawmakers to consider “legal mechanisms” that could address the practice of denying or minimizing the abuses…

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