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Vancouver lawyer Stephen Bronstein’s representation of survivors of sexual and/or physical abuse at Indian Residential Schools will be reviewed by investigators.
The order came down on Feb. 22 from B.C. Supreme Court Justice Brenda Brown. Included in the order was a clause that ended the publication ban against naming Bronstein that Brown put in place on Jan. 18. A ban still exists on reporting specific details before the court of complaints made by clients or on the identity of the clients who made the complaints.
Historic photos, documents, videos and art work from various First Nations will all be part of a new mobile exhibit called 100 Years of Loss, and will be on display at Rocky View Schools starting next week.
The national exhibit aims to explore the legacy of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement and its long-lasting impact on Aboriginal survivors, descendants and communities.
They stand out in any cemetery -- not because they're the biggest or smallest tombstones, although they do range from towering monuments to remarkably modest markers.
No, children's graves command our attention in cemeteries because we instinctively feel the incongruity of young lives cut short before they have a chance to leave a mark.
We're reflexively drawn to the abrupt endings and often untold stories behind those lives.
In the 49-year period reviewed by the Missing Children’s Research group, 36 deaths were identified to have happened to students at the Kamloops Residential School.
However, said research manager Alex Maas, her group expects that number is significantly higher than the true figure.
Backing this belief, Maas said, was the fact 153 deaths were identified to have happened at the Kuper Island Residential School in the South Gulf Islands during the same years.
Another serious breach within the residential schools settlement process could be resolved sooner rather than later.
That’s because the judge hearing the case Wednesday told the parties to try and work things out on their own.
Justice Brenda Brown of the Vancouver Supreme Court took this unusual step at the beginning of a three-day hearing into allegations of extortion involving a convicted killer and the Vancouver lawyer who allegedly hired him.
"These are actual confirmed numbers," Alex Maass, research manager with the Missing Children Project, told The Canadian Press from Vancouver.
“All of them have primary documentation that indicates that there’s been a death, when it occurred, what the circumstances were.”
But the unpublished research is raising questions.
He attended the school in Albert Bay for over a decade. He now helps other suvivors.
Joseph says a report released Monday confirming at least 3,000 deaths at Indian Residential Schools is just the beginning. More than a 150,000 kids were forced into the schools by the federal government for over a century ending in the 1990s.
“People are beginning to validate our word that there were loss and harm and trauma in our experiences,” he says.
Many of the children died of disease. It’s been well documented that children faced sexual and physical abuse.
APTN National News reporter Tina House has this story.
The following are the notes from Marion Best for her presentation at the Spring Presbytery.
Although we have been deeply involved in dealing with the aftermath of our Residential School involvement for nearly 20 years, there is still a lack of knowledge and understanding both in our churches and in the Canadian population as a whole. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, named by the Federal Government four years ago, will be visiting B.C. in September and we hope there will be large numbers of non-Aboriginal people in attendance. There will likely be a hearing in this region as well as the major event in Vancouver September 18-21. “Reconciliation Canada” has events planned for September 17-22. Check their website.
Hector Severight described his time at the Gordon Indian Residential School as a nightmare that still haunts him.
While there, Severight had to fight off physical and sexual abuse. Eventually, he ran away.
“It’s a totally different type of life,” he said.
While he made it out, new research released Monday showed that roughly 3,000 students died at residential schools across Canada. The identities of 500 of them are still unknown. The majority of the deaths were due to disease, but some were from running away, fires, and some were also due to suicide.
The new information came from the first systematic search of government and school records ever conducted for the residential schools.
Kerry O’Shea is a Saskatoon lawyer specializing in residential school claims. She said her clients paint a picture of cramped dorms where disease easily flourished. Some of her clients recall watching their friends and classmates get sick and die.
“They would see they were sick, then they would just disappear,” O’Shea said. “Part of the trauma was not knowing what happened to that other little student or brother or sister.”
According to O’Shea, in some cases, parents weren’t told of their children’s deaths until months later.
The research is part of an on-going investigation by the truth and reconciliation commission.
A new report shows at least 3,000 aboriginal children died while attending residential schools.
The notorious history of the church and government-run schools is well known. Widespread sexual abuse and violence has been reported for years, but now the tragic legacy of Canadian residential schools is being underlined with death. The "Missing Children Project" is an off shoot of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and for the first time in history, has releaseD data on how many children died during the residential school era.
Researchers say the majority of children died due to disease, such as tuberculosis, but also confirm many children's deaths were unreported.
At least 3,000 children, including four found huddled together in frozen embrace, are now known to have died during attendance at Canada's Indian residential schools, according to new unpublished research.
While deaths have long been documented as part of the disgraced residential school system, the findings are the result of the first systematic search of government, school and other records.
"These are actual confirmed numbers," Alex Maass, research manager with the Missing Children Project, told The Canadian Press from Vancouver
The first few minutes of Bradley Moss' production of the Governor General's Literary Award winning Where the Blood Mixes are visually compelling. A huge fish swims out of the surrounding darkness -- its bones exposed like some prehistoric monster. In another arresting image, a beautiful young woman in white sings in an aboriginal dialect.
Rita Custer is searching for answers about her late daughter, Monica, who died mysteriously in 1986 while attending an Indian residential school in Prince Albert.
"I want the truth for my family, but for all of the other families, too," Custer said Monday in a telephone interview from her Pelican Narrows home.
A national report released Monday stated at least 3,000 children are known to have died during attendance at Canada's Indian residential schools.
Freshly studied documents on Canada’s disgraced Indian residential school system suggest more than 3,000 children died while in the imposed care of such facilities, stamping a harsh number on the cost of an often overlooked smudge on Canada’s history.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission said the number has been confirmed through the study of government and school records, telling the Canadian Press that all but 500 of those left dead have been identified
The art of students who attended Alberni Indian Residential School during 1959 and 1960 will be reunited with the artists that created them through ceremony during an event on March 30 at Alberni Athletic Hall.
As part of the display of this art, a feast is being organized by a committee of Nuu-chah-nulth residential school survivors and their family members. All Alberni Indian Residential School survivors and their families are invited and welcome to attend.
Chief Wilton Littlechild, a Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), will conduct a two-day hearing at Garden Hill, Manitoba, on Tuesday, February 19 and Wednesday, February 20.
Residential School Education Week at SFU Burnaby, Feb 20-27, will coincide with Coquitlam teachers' pro-development days. The organizers of the week - SFU's Office for Aboriginal Peoples, First Nations Student Association and Indigenous Research Institute - are offering Coquitlam teachers a free primer on residential schools, Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-noon, Convocation Mall theatre.
A 62-year-old convicted killer is back in jail after allegations he threatened and extorted "substantial sums of money" from vulnerable and in some cases cognitively deficient clients involved in the residential-schools settlement process.
Ivan Johnny, who had been on full parole since April 2007, was working for a lawyer in British Columbia and had been involved in 275 adjudication claims. The lawyer who hired Johnny was not named in the parole-board documents revoking Johnny's parole Jan. 23.
Last year a cluster of theatre artists — actors, designers, director — went on a field trip to remote Lytton, B.C. They found themselves surrounded by wild green terrain, rugged mountains, and rocks with strange red streaks like dismembered animals. They stood looking down over the confluence of the Fraser and Thompson rivers, where salmon return and mighty sturgeon lurk. They crossed a bridge that sang in the wind.
It has been a year since a couple from Attawapiskat travelled to Ottawa on a mission to heal some of the scars left by residential schools.
Their journey took them to an art studio that teaches people how to make stained glass.
Afterwards, Jackie Hookimaw-Witt and her husband Norbert Witt went back home to Attawapiskat and taught the craft to others.
Residential school survivors are being reassured that they’re safe now that a convicted murderer is back behind bars.
The notice comes from the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat (IRSAS).
The federal government agency posted the information about Ivon Johnny of British Columbia on its website Monday morning.
A residential school survivor says the Independent Assessment Process failed him and other students.
John Mantla, from Behchoko, N.W.T., says he experienced severe physical abuse at school but his claim for compensation was denied.
That's the case for 10 per cent of all IAP applicants
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada is holding hearings in Quebec on the abuse that took place in the Indian residential school system.
From 1884 to 1948, Canadian law compelled Native Americans to send their children away from home to residential schools, most of which were Catholic or Anglican institutions. The last residential school closed in 1996.
Catholic and Anglican bishops attended a recent hearing in Val d’Or, near the site of a residential school operated by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Attorneys allege that one priest abused up to 1,000 students there.
Canadians have a blind spot when it comes to facing, and responding to, the extensive damage done to this country’s native people through the residential school system, a commissioner with Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission said Thursday.
“Canadians have good hearts,” commissioner Marie Wilson told The Gazette in an interview. “We are the first to jump up to help in places like Haiti and other places around the world where there are tragedies. But we have been taught to be comfortably blind to need when it is in our midst.”
Inuit organizations across Canada are applauding the Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision that requires the Government of Canada to provide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) all relevant federal documents related to the legacy, past and present, of residential schools in Canada, including documents at Library and Archives Canada. The Court announced the decision last week.
As Charlene Bearhead sheds light on one of Canada’s darkest moments students of all ages look on.
They hang on her every word.
They hear about the atrocities of the Indian Residential School system as part of a large group of non-Aboriginal student’s participating in “Project of Heart” at the University of Alberta this week.
This comes almost two decades removed from the closure of the last residential school in Canada.
APTN National News reporter Keith Laboucan has the story
The evasive response this week by Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan to an unambiguous ruling by an Ontario Superior Court justice suggests that the government will continue to hamper the efforts of a special commission it appointed to heal relations with Canada's First Nations.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established as part of a process that saw Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologize to victims of residential schools and provide them $1.9 billion in settlements for their horrific experience.
An Ontario judge Tuesday ruled the federal government has an obligation to provide the Truth and Reconciliation Commission with all relevant documents about Indian residential schools.
Justice Stephen Goudge ruled the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement lays out two fundamental tasks for the TRC: compiling a historical record of residential schools and preparing a report on that history.
Canada providing relevant documents on residential schools would be vital to that mandate, ruled the judge. The government also gave the TRC a limited amount of time and a limited budget, neither of which would be sufficient for TRC staff to search for the documents themselves.