Trauma of residential schools still haunts survivors

“We were dragged right onto the plane… you could hear your mom and your grandmothers… and your little brothers and sisters crying when they see you going on that little float plane. Those were among the jarring recollections that Navalik Tologanak shared about her residential school experience during the National Gathering on Unmarked…

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Anishinaabe elder fights to rid himself of name imposed in forced baptism 75 years ago

Ejinagosi Kistabish still remembers clinging to the side of a taxi as he watched his parents drive away from Saint-Marc-de-Figuery residential school in Amos, Que. after they showed up for a visit. Kistabish, now 75, says he still has “to cope with that scene” — the snowfall, the November chill, his tears and seven-year-old hands…

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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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Community Builders Awards: Honouring Elder, advocate and residential school survivor Shirley Roach-baa

Shirley Roach-baa passed away in August 2021, but her lifelong journey of learning and healing will continue to teach the rest of us for generations to come. Shirley is a survivor of the Shingwauk Indian Residential School who spoke on the national stage about the abuse and trauma she faced in that system…

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