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Creative Input on Canadian History project? (Residential Schools)?

Published: May 30, 2011 - Added: May 31, 2011 - Publication: Yahoo Answers


Creative Input on Canadian History project? (Residential Schools)?

So our teacher has assigned a project, it's a fairly open topic, on Canadian history in the 20th century (not 2000-present). He wants us to use a variety of textures and it to be visually appealing. I was thinking of doing it on how residential schools treated their students, and the things that the government put the Native Americans through. (Stripping them of their culture, language, abusing them, 'assimilation' into white culture)...

I was just wondering if anyone had any tips or ideas that could make it really have a strong and clear meaning. It can be more than a 2D project (it could be a figurine ..I had some ideas about that), but it can't be a movie.

Thanks a ton, any input is appreciated. :)

(I know this is a school project, but it has to do with history.. So I posted it here.)

Where are the Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools

Published: May 30, 2011 - Added: May 31, 2011 - Publication: Cape Breton University Press Release


Cape Breton University Art Gallery in partnership with Unama’ki College is honoured to host Where are the Children?, an archival photo exhibition that explores the history and legacy of Canada’s Residential School System. This educational exhibit will be on display at the Gallery from June 2 until September 16, the public opening is Thursday, June 2 from 2-4:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

'Pure racism' keeps aboriginal kids back - Equality: Former lieutenant-governor criticizes mainstream Canadian society for ignoring issue

Published: May 31, 2011 - Added: May 31, 2011 - Publication: Fredericton Telegraph-Journal


FREDERICTON - The voices of aboriginal children in Canada have largely been forgotten in a cacophony of competing voices from politicians about treaties and government funding responsibilities, says Ontario's former lieutenant-governor James Bartleman.

"And Canadian society as a whole have, in a sense for generations, not wanted to hear about the issues of native people," he said. "They consider the roots of all these issues as having started back long before they were born."

Bartleman, a member of the Chippewas of Mnjikaning First Nation in Ontario, will speak Wednesday on this topic during the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Fredericton as one of the conference's "Big Thinking" lecturers, which tackle issues of national significance.

Victor Kisoun, Member of Lower Post Residential School Survivors Working Group, Makes Presentation to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Whitehorse, Yukon, on May 26, 2011

Published: May 27, 2011 - Added: May 31, 2011 - Publication: Kaska Dena Council News


Littlechild: Commission will uncover the truth

Published: May 30, 2011 - Added: May 31, 2011 - Publication: Fredericton Daily Gleaner


Chief Wilton Littlechild said he was beaten with a hockey stick for speaking his native language and was referred to by number, not by name, throughout the 14 years he spent in the residential school system as a child.

He shared harrowing tales of abuse that as many as 80,000 First Nations children experienced during their time in the residential school system, the results of which have been called a national crime.

The court-ordered Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established in June 2008 with the goal of uncovering the systematic abuse of First Nations children in residential schools.

Now halfway through its mandate, Littlechild, who spent 11 years at Ermineskin Indian Residential School, said he believes progress is being made. He said the truth is coming out through testimonies before the commission.

Sechelt language saved for posterity

Published: May 27, 2011 - Added: May 27, 2011 - Publication: Coast Reporter


The Sechelt Nation is hoping for a special present this Christmas — the long-awaited publication of their dictionary, outlining more than 27,000 She Shashishalhem words that would have been lost if not for the 40-year effort of elders and linguist Ron Beaumont.

Since 1970, Beaumont has been meeting with various elders of the Sechelt Nation to learn and catalogue words from their language, a language that was nearly lost after the abuse suffered in residential schools.

LePage, tribes to explore child wefare abuses

Published: May 24, 2011 - Added: May 27, 2011 - Publication: Bangor Daily News


INDIAN ISLAND, Maine — In an effort to move forward from a traumatic past, Maine Indian tribes on Tuesday joined forces with the state of Maine on a project to document the historic experiences of tribal children and families caught up in the state’s child welfare system.

In coming months, members of a special commission will travel to tribal communities throughout the state to encourage individuals and families to recount their experiences, with a goal of improving child welfare services and promoting healing from emotional and spiritual pain.

Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society observes day of healing

Published: May 26, 2011 - Added: May 27, 2011 - Publication: Global Saskatoon


About 20 people gathered at the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society in Kelowna Thursday for the National Day of Healing and Reconciliation.

Every year, May 26 is observed to remember Aboriginals who were forced to attend residential schools.

Des survivants des pensionnats autochtones témoignent

Published: May 26, 2011 - Added: May 27, 2011 - Publication: Radio-Canada Colombie-Britannique


Memories temper happy occasion

Published: May 19, 2011 - Added: May 20, 2011 - Publication: Saskatoon Star-Phoenix


A recent drive to Yorkton to speak at a gathering of residential school survivors gave me an opportunity to reflect on my life as a recovering survivor.

With mixed feelings, I thought too about my upcoming graduation. I felt overjoyed as I envisioned receiving my doctorate and celebrating with my family and community.

However, driving along the highway I was reminded of Saskatchewan's beauty and wealth, and couldn't help feeling saddened and angry as I looked back upon my life.

Going past the potash mines, I thought about the millions of dollars these mines generate. With sadness and anger, I thought about my father's attempts to work at the mines as he struggled to support our large family. Resentfully, I thought about the intergenerational labourers from my extended family who worked all their lives without having an opportunity to enjoy Saskatchewan's riches.

Lawyer to face disciplinary hearing for overbilling survivors

Published: May 20, 2011 - Added: May 20, 2011 - Publication: Windspeaker


A Winnipeg lawyer who overbilled 26 residential school survivors for his services could face disbarment.

“This is certainly a case which is serious and, yes, I would say there is a potential for (disbarment). I don’t know yet what the appropriate penalty would be and what the panel would decide but (disbarment) is certainly not off the table,” said Allan Fineblit, CEO with the Law Society of Manitoba.

The lawyer, who cannot be named because of a pending disciplinary hearing, has until May 30 to repay $388,477 into a trust account.

“So far all the (interim) payments have been made and the money is back in the trust account. We expect the last payment before the end of the month. He has paid more than half of it already, because he was required to,” said Fineblit.

The over-billing was brought to the law society’s attention in May 2010 by Daniel Ish, chief adjudicator for the Independent Assessment Process, which was set out by the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement. Ish’s office was contacted when claimants discovered a discrepancy in the fees paid to the lawyer and the amount of compensation they should have received.

The Wall of Holocaust Denial Begins to Topple: Aboriginal Museum is Forced to Display Evidence of the Canadian Genocide

Published: May 15, 2011 - Added: May 20, 2011 - Publication: Cultural Foundations Native Expressions web site


North prepares for truth and reconciliation

Published: May 20, 2011 - Added: May 20, 2011 - Publication: Windspeaker


As Marie Wilson listens to stories about terrible pain, she is also witnessing reconciliation and healing.

“People are making declarations of apology, declaring their love for each other,” said Wilson, who, along with Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) colleagues Chair Justice Murray Sinclair and Commissioner Wilton Littlechild, began traveling through northern Canada in mid-April to hear people talk about their residential school experiences.

Over the course of three months the TRC will have stopped in 19 communities in preparation for their upcoming second national event in Inuvik June 28 to July 1.

Tracing a heartbreaking legacy: The made-in-Manitoba doc We Were Children looks at the lasting effect of Canada’s residential school system on our country’s Aboriginal communities

Published: May 19, 2011 - Added: May 20, 2011 - Publication: Uptown Magazine


The question concerning the legacy of residential schools in Canada remains this, according to National Film Board writer/director/producer David Christensen: how are a people to be healed?

"There’s too much expectation that First Nations people simply ‘get over it,’" says Christensen, one of the producers of We Were Children, a made-for-television treatment of the subject that combines on-camera testimonies from actual residential school survivors with dramatic re-enactments.

The project is a co-production between the NFB, eOne Entertainment and Winnipeg-based Eagle Vision Inc., one of Canada’s leading Aboriginal-owned production companies. Shot entirely in Manitoba beginning in 2009, the production concludes this July, with broadcast intended for 2012 on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).

Indian Act and Residential Schools

Published: May 13, 2011 - Added: May 20, 2011 - Publication: YouTube web site


SUMMARY (No transcript available.  Duration 8:32):  This video condemns the role of “Europeans” and their culture of “consumption” in the exploitation and assimilation of aboriginal peoples by way of the Indian Act and residential schools.  As well, the video shows by way of enactment the negative effects residential schools have had on students and their families.

KDFN and partners to host Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Published: May 18, 2011 - Added: May 20, 2011 - Publication: Kwanlin Dün First Nation web site


The national Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) will be in Whitehorse later this month to gather statements from people impacted by Indian residential schools. As part of the Commission’s northern tour, the TRC’s three commissioners will be stopping in Whitehorse on May 26-27. The local event is being hosted by Kwanlin Dün First Nation in partnership with the Council of Yukon First Nations and Ta’an Kwäch’än Council.

Merchant Law Group Contests $3000 In Lawsuit Concerning Indian Residential Schools Settlement Assignment of Proceeds

Published: May 16, 2011 - Added: May 18, 2011 - Publication:


Residential school survivors given opportunity to record their experiences during Truth, Reconciliation event

Published: May 18, 2011 - Added: May 18, 2011 - Publication: Manitoulin Expositor


WEWEBJIWANG—While last Thursday's and Friday's Truth and Reconciliation Commission-funded event for First Nations survivors of residential school experiences was important and well attended, Dr. Pam Williamson, executive director of Noojmowin Teg Health Centre, explained that it was part of a continuum that her organization has been involved with for some time.

"We've already held two retreats for residential school survivors," Dr. Williamson told The Expositor. "At these events, people come, mostly speak in the (Ojibwe) language, and talk about their experiences, mostly sitting in circles."

The two-day event held last week at the Northeast Town Recreation Centre was slightly different, she explained, in that the Noojmowin Teg Health Centre had applied for funding directly to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), the organization that had been established following the successful class-action lawsuit on behalf of residential school survivors and Prime Minister Harper's formal apology to First Nations people for putting school survivors and their ancestors through an experience designed, in part, to deprive them of their culture.

These were the various threads that comprised the two-day event.

New Brampton museum to display evidence of genocide in Indian Residential Schools

Published: May 15, 2011 - Added: May 18, 2011 - Publication: The ACTivist Magazine


Merchant Law Group Contests $3000 In Lawsuit Concerning Indian Residential Schools Settlement Assignment of Proceeds

Published: May 16, 2011 - Added: May 17, 2011 - Publication: TurtleTalk


Recently, the Merchant Law Group, a law firm which was a major player in the Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, was in the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench, arguing that a $3000 unpaid assignment of debt from one of its clients (a former residential school student) should not be entered against the law firm.

The assignment was provided to the client by Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) which argued that Merchant Law Group is now liable to pay it because of its failure to honor the Assignment of Proceeds when the firm issued money to the client. 

Boarding School Issues Tackled

Published: May 17, 2011 - Added: May 17, 2011 - Publication: Indian Country Today Media Network


A who’s who of boarding school scholars was convened in the university town of Boulder, Colorado to plan future steps for Native people affected by U.S. policies that tore children from their homes, often abused them, and tried to erase their culture.

National recognition, an apology, and reparations for “wrongs visited upon individuals and communities of Indian country by the U.S. boarding school policy” were major goals of the gathering held May 14-15. The enormity of wrongs done left some participants in tears but also led to planning for language revitalization and to possible future legal and policy measures.

The Boarding School Healing Symposium was hosted by the American Indian Law Clinic at the University of Colorado Law School and included the Boarding School Healing Project, Native American Rights Fund (NARF) and the Human Rights Advisory Clinic at the University of Wyoming. Attendees at invitation-only sessions ranged from representatives of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to those from schools of law and social work.

Church doctrine blamed as basis for residential schools

Published: May 16, 2011 - Added: May 17, 2011 - Publication: Northern News Services


THEBACHA/FORT SMITH - When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for residential schools held a public hearing in Fort Smith on May 6, it made sure there were full Kleenex boxes on the witness table.

The tissues were well used as former students emotionally recounted harrowing stories of the residential school experience and how it negatively impacted their lives.

However, Francois Paulette did not use any tissues as he calmly, methodically and forcefully analyzed and condemned the residential school system.

The former chief, treaty land entitlement negotiator and respected elder with Smith's Landing First Nation argued the ideological foundation of the residential school system is the Doctrine of Discovery.

That is a concept that can be traced to a proclamation by a 15th-century pope. In essence, it gave church blessing to colonial powers conquering regions newly discovered by Europeans.

Day-school survivors consider class-action suit

Published: May 13, 2011 - Added: May 16, 2011 - Publication: APTN National News


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Students call for more mental health counselling services

Published: May 13, 2011 - Added: May 16, 2011 - Publication: Lake of the Woods Enterprise


Students from across the region with mental health issues had an opportunity to address their problems directly at a conference with educators last week.

More than 300 regional educators from Kenora and other district school boards attended the day-long Mental Health In Schools session in Dryden, May 6.

The Wall of Holocaust Denial Begins to Topple: Aboriginal Museum is Forced to Display Evidence of the Canadian Genocide

Published: May 14, 2011 - Added: May 16, 2011 - Publication: International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State


Economic panel wants faster progress on aboriginal education

Published: May 14, 2011 - Added: May 16, 2011 - Publication: Edmonton Journal


Whether it's more funding, more counselling or more leaders, any potential solution to the issue of aboriginal education in Alberta must start with an attitude of more urgency, experts say.

Such a call for accelerated action was featured in a recent report from a government-appointed economic panel, which recommended the province set a deadline of 2040 for aboriginal students to achieve academic parity with non-aboriginals.

Day scholar redress not just First Nations issue: Atleo

Published: May 11, 2011 - Added: May 13, 2011 - Publication: Kamloops Daily News


First Nation leaders determined to find justice for day scholars excluded from the 2007 residential school compensation package huddled in Kamloops Wednesday with some of the country’s top aboriginal lawyers.

Author shares residential school story

Published: May 12, 2011 - Added: May 13, 2011 - Publication: Carmen Valley Leader


Last month, Theodore Fontaine spoke at the Wednesday Morning Group at Carman United Church about his life, particularly the effects stemming from residential school.

He wrote a 190-page book; Broken Circle: the Dark legacy of Indian Residential Schools, about his experiences.

Deadline approaches for Common Experience payment

Published: May 12, 2011 - Added: May 13, 2011 - Publication: Anglican


Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and Service Canada are reminding former Indian residential schools students that the deadline for applying for the Common Experience Payment (CEP) is this coming Sept. 19.

Canada Identity - Residential Schools/Racism?

Published: May 10, 2011 - Added: May 11, 2011 - Publication: Yahoo Canada Answers


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Commission gathers stories from Oblate priests and nuns

Published: May 10, 2011 - Added: May 11, 2011 - Publication: Western Catholic Reporter


EDMONTON (CCN)--Dating back to the 1870s, and through most of the 20th century, more than 150,000 first Nations, Metis and Inuit children were forcibly taken from their families and placed in Indian residential schools.

The federal government’s aim was to “civilize,” Christianize and assimilate aboriginal people into Canadian society.

Canada had more than 130 residential schools, the last of which closed in 1996. The policy behind the Church-run schools was to "kill the Indian in the child." Many students suffered emotional, physical or sexual abuse.

“We’ve heard stories as we’ve travelled from east to west about the experiences of students in residential schools,” said Chief Wilton Littlechild, one of three commissioners with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

“We’ve heard some very sad and painful stories. We’ve heard very deep anger in some students. We’ve heard from parents and the pain that they suffered as a result of their children being taken away.”

Littlechild and fellow commissioner Marie Wilson were at the Star of the North Retreat Centre in St. Albert May 2-3 to gather stories from Oblate priests and nuns who worked in the schools.

Letters to the Editor

Published: May 10, 2011 - Added: May 10, 2011 - Publication: Winnipeg Free Press


Adjudicators neutral

I am responding to your May 5 story Lawyer overbills clients by $400K. As chief adjudicator of the Independent Assessment Process (IAP), your readers may appreciate two clarifications about the process.

First, IAP adjudicators are neutral. They are not federal adjudicators "acting for residential school survivors." The IAP is one part of the multi-party Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, which the courts approved.

In the IAP, adjudicators decide on compensation claims after hearings where claimants (former residential school students), the Government of Canada and the churches that administered these schools are represented. The adjudicators are independent in much the same way judges are independent of the parties appearing before them in the courts.

Second, I was described in the article as "Ottawa's chief adjudicator," implying I am a federal government employee. This is not the case. I am appointed by the four stakeholders to the IRS Settlement Agreement and the appointment was approved by the supervising courts.

I am accountable to an oversight committee composed of representatives from the four stakeholder groups and to the supervising courts.



Residential schools: survivors share the pain

Published: May 07, 2011 - Added: May 09, 2011 - Publication: Montreal Gazette

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When many Canadians hear about a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, they likely think first of Nelson Mandela bridging the white-black divide in South Africa. Yet Canada has its own truths to face about its treatment of Aboriginal peoples. Today, our TRC is travelling around the country to hear stories about residential schools, places designed to "kill the Indian in the child," as one government official infamously put it.