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Local residential school student monument unveiled

Published: March  28, 2013 - Added: March  28, 2013 - Publication: SooToday.com

Link http://www.sootoday.com/content/news/details.asp?c=55115

The Garden River Wellness Centre and The Anishinabek Information Technology Centre (AITC) unveiled a commemorative plaque honouring their Former Residential School Students Wednesday evening.

This event was made possible through program funding under the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Commemoration Initiative with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC).

Residents say farewell to TRC office

Published: March  27, 2013 - Added: March  27, 2013 - Publication: Yellowknifer

Link http://www.infomedia.gc.ca/ainc-inac/articles/unrestricted/2013/03/ain2013389477681_20.htm

The Northern branch of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is gearing down its work and preparing to close its Yellowknife office doors at the end of the month.

The journey doesn't stop there, however, according to Jennifer Hunt-Poitras, co-director of the TRC's Inuit sub-commission.


Residential school art discovery depicts survival of the spirit

Published: March  27, 2013 - Added: March  27, 2013 - Publication: The Globe and Mail

Link http://www.infomedia.gc.ca/ainc-inac/articles/unrestricted/2013/03/ain20133272549934_68.htm

For 50 years, a rare collection of first nations paintings was stashed away in bags and boxes, long forgotten by the artists. The subjects are everyday scenes from the West Coast - a beach, a fishing boat, an eagle diving. The media - cheap poster paint on low-grade paper - are unforgiving. But the collection is special because of its origins: The artists were first nations children in a notorious residential school on Vancouver Island.


Nuxalk Nation Transition House to hold celebration to honour residential school survivors

Published: March  25, 2013 - Added: March  27, 2013 - Publication: Coast Mountain News

Link http://www.coastmountainnews.com/news/199927881.html

On Friday, April 5, the Nuxalk Nation Transition House will hold a celebration to honour the survivors of the infamous Canadian residential school system. 

In 1861, St. Mary’s Mission, the first residential school in Canada opened in B.C.  It was also the last school in B.C. to close in 1984. Between those dates, at least 15 other residential school and 10 boarding schools opened and closed. This meant that B.C. had more residential schools than the other provinces. Over the years, all school-aged Native children in the province were targeted for removal from their homes to these schools. 


Monument honours thousands affected by residential schools

Published: March  25, 2013 - Added: March  27, 2013 - Publication: SooToday.com

Link http://www.sootoday.com/content/news/details.asp?c=54986

The Anishinabek Nation has created a monument to honour thousands of its citizens who have felt the impacts of Indian Residential Schools [former Shingwauk Indian Residential School in Sault Ste. Marie shown].

The memorial was unveiled today at a ceremony at the head office of the Union of Ontario Indians as part of the “Honouring Our Children, Families, and Communities affected by Indian Residential Schools Project” initiated by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.


Descendants of Residential School Survivors Share Their Digital Stories

Published: March  21, 2013 - Added: March  25, 2013 - Publication: University of Winnipeg

Link http://news-centre.uwinnipeg.ca/all-posts/descendants-of-residential-school-survivors-share-their-digital-stories/

Seven descendants of residential school survivors presented their personal digital stories today at The University of Winnipeg. ininiwag dibaajimowag*: First Nations Men and the Inter-generational Experiences of Residential Schools was the inaugural screening that included the stories of Mike Fontaine - Gilbert Fredette - Dan Highway - Greg McIvor - Jason Parenteau - Clayton Sandy - Ryan Slater. This project is co-presented by UWinnipeg’s Oral History Centre (OHC) and the Department of Indigenous Studies (IS).


Residential Schools - A Picture Says a Thousand Words

Published: March  22, 2013 - Added: March  25, 2013 - Publication: CBC.ca/LabradorMorning

Link http://www.cbc.ca/labradormorning/episodes/2013/03/22/residential-schools---a-picture-says-a-thousand-words/

It’s been an emotional week for a group of Labrador Inuit who attended boarding schools. They’ve been taking a workshop in Happy Valley-Goose Bay that looks at how trauma impacts them. Many former students and their children are still trying to heal from the past.

All this week, they’ve been learning how to understand their experiences more clearly.
One of the ways is through art.

Labrador Morning’s John Gaudi met up with three women at the workshop who shared their stories.


Homeless Edmontonians speak about impact of residential schools

Published: March  24, 2013 - Added: March  25, 2013 - Publication: CBC.ca

Link http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/story/2013/03/24/edmonton-boylestreet-residentialschools.html

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada paid a visit to the Boyle Street Community Services in Edmonton on Saturday.

As Nicole Weisberg reports, the commission has been gathering stories about the impact of residential schools on Aboriginal Peoples across Canada — but this is the first time it has visited Edmonton’s inner city


Tears flow as residential school victims share stories of abuse and heartache

Published: March  23, 2013 - Added: March  25, 2013 - Publication: Edmonton Journal

Link http://www.edmontonjournal.com/life/Tears+flow+residential+school+victims+share+stories/8144162/story.html

Crumpled tissues damp with the tears of residential school survivors were collected in a small basket Saturday as men and women recounted traumatic childhood memories that torment them.

The Indian Residential School Truth and Reconciliation Commission was in Edmonton Saturday to collect statements, both privately and during public sharing circles, at Boyle Street Community Services, at 10116 105 Ave. It’s the first time the court-ordered national commission has held such an event at an inner-city agency.


Residential school survivors' male descendants speak out

Published: March  22, 2013 - Added: March  22, 2013 - Publication: CBC.ca

Link http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2013/03/21/mb-residential-school-male-descendants-oral-history-winnipeg.html?cmp=rss

Seven male descendants of former residential school students are sharing their own experiences with others at the University of Winnipeg.

The men presented their stories to an audience on Thursday evening at an event hosted by the university's Oral History Centre.


Anishinabek to honour Indian Residential School survivors

Published:   3-, 0213 - Added: March  22, 2013 - Publication: Timmins Today

Link http://www.timminstoday.com/2013/03/21/anishinabek-to-honour-indian-residential-school-survivors/

The Anishinabek Nation will be unveiling a monument March 25th to honour thousands of its citizens who have felt the impacts of Indian Residential Schools.

“This memorial is part of the ‘Honouring Our Children, Families, and Communities affected by Indian Residential Schools Project’,” says Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee. “We will also be developing much-needed educational resources that document the truth about those schools, the children who attended them and the inter-generational trauma that resulted.”


Former residential school worker to face trial for alleged indecent assault

Published: March  19, 2013 - Added: March  21, 2013 - Publication: Global Saskatoon

Link http://www.globalsaskatoon.com/former+residential+school+worker+to+face+trial+for+alleged+indecent+assault/6442831426/story.html

A three-week trial will be held this fall for a man accused of indecent assault at a northern Saskatchewan residential school during the 1960s. 


Regina lawyer tussles with Canada over legal fees for Residential Schools case

Published: March  19, 2013 - Added: March  19, 2013 - Publication: CBC.ca

Link http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/story/2013/03/18/sk-merchant-residential-schools-fees-130318.html

Years after a settlement was reached to pay compensation to thousands of former students of Indian Residential Schools, the federal government continues to dispute the fees it should pay to one of the lead lawyers in the case: Regina's Tony Merchant.

The tussle over fees sought by the Merchant Law Group, some $20 million, was back before the courts in February with a decision published recently to an online legal database.


We Were Children breakfast panel at News Café this morning

Published: March  19, 2013 - Added: March  19, 2013 - Publication:

Link http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/entertainment/TV/docudrama-lays-bare-residential-school-horrors-198912311.html

"IT hurt. I felt they were taking something away from me. They were stripping away my humanness, my sense of who I was."

The haunting words of residential school survivor Lyna Hart refer specifically to the memory of what she felt, as a four-year-old, when a nun cut off her long, black hair on the day of her arrival at a Manitoba school, but they could easily be used to described the entirety of the residential school ordeal.


Residential school survivors duped by shady lawyers

Published: March  19, 2013 - Added: March  19, 2013 - Publication: TroyMedia.com

Link http://www.troymedia.com/2013/03/17/residential-school-survivors-duped-by-shady-lawyers/

I spent the last three years of my life travelling throughout western Canada talking with Residential School Survivors. As Director of Residential Schools for a Winnipeg law firm, I spoke face to face with approximately 2,000 Residential School Survivors about their potential claims under the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement (IRSSA). They would line up by the dozens in Band Offices, Health Centres, Recreation Centres, Schools and Bingo Halls from Thunder Bay, Ontario to Whitehorse, Yukon.

My hat is off to Daniel Ish, outgoing Chief Adjudicator of the Indian Residential School Adjudication Secretariat (IRSAS). He endured six years of what was supposed to be a five-year process.


Residential school doc to air on APTN

Published: March  13, 2013 - Added: March  14, 2013 - Publication: Portage Daily Graphic

Link http://www.portagedailygraphic.com/2013/03/13/residential-school-doc-to-air-on-aptn

We Were Children, a docudrama on Canadian residential schools that was filmed in part in Portage la Prairie, is scheduled to air on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) on March 20.

The documentary explores the testimony of Lyna Hart, a member of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation near Nelson House, Manitoba, and Glen Anaquod, a member of the Muscowpetung First Nation near Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan who were taken from their homes and forced to attend residential schools. Their testimony is paired with re-enactments, which vividly add to their stories. The film will be shown on APTN at 9:00 p.m. local time on March 20.


Inuit heal and remember at Rankin Inlet qaggiq

Published: March  11, 2013 - Added: March  12, 2013 - Publication: Nunatsiaq Online

Link http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674inuit_heal_and_remember_at_rankin_inlet_qaggiq/

Piita Irniq drum-dances inside the huge qaggiq snowhouse in Rankin Inlet built for last week’s “Left Behind-Never Again” gathering for former residential school students.

You can always learn to drum, not matter what age you are, Irniq said he wants to remind others.

As a young boy, more than 50 years ago, far from his home near today’s community of Repulse Bay, at Lyons Bay or Naujaarjuat (a place of plentiful seagull fledglings), Irniq had little chance to learn Inuit traditional songs or drumming.


Outgoing Chief Adjudicator criticizes lawyers in residential school compensation process

Published: March  11, 2013 - Added: March  12, 2013 - Publication: APTN National News

Link http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2013/03/11/outgoing-chief-adjudicator-criticizes-lawyers-in-residential-school-compensation-process/

If he had to do it over again, Dan Ish would make a few changes.

Top of the list for Canada’s chief adjudicator? Forcing lawyers to apply to the court to be part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement’s Independent Assessment Process (IAP).

That way they would be approved and monitored throughout the process of obtaining compensation for their clients, former residential school students. A relationship of trust that Ish says several lawyers have violated during his six-year term.


New curriculum says what it needs to say

Published: March  11, 2013 - Added: March  11, 2013 - Publication: NWT News/North

Link http://www.infomedia.gc.ca/ainc-inac/articles/restricted/2013/03/ain2013386245120_113.htm

Sahtu MLA Norman Yakeleya recently spoke out against the North's new Northern Studies curriculum, introduced last fall in NWT and Nunavut high schools to educate students about Canada's residential school era. He complained that the Roman Catholic Church's role in the trauma inflicted on students at the government- and church-run institutions was downplayed, if not outright ignored. Yakeleya said entering the residential school system was "like passing through a door from one world to another world."


Healing through video

Published: March  11, 2013 - Added: March  11, 2013 - Publication: NWT News/North

Link http://www.infomedia.gc.ca/ainc-inac/articles/restricted/2013/03/ain2013385213499_113.htm

The untold stories of those who committed suicide after leaving Grollier Hall may soon be seen and used as educational material.

Members of the NWT Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) have proposed four commemorative videos on former students who attended the residential school in Inuvik.

Raymond Yakeleya, originally from Tulita, of Earth Magic Media will be directing the films, under the working title of The Boys of Grollier Hall - Lost Childhoods.


Residential schools chief adjudicator to resign

Published: March  10, 2013 - Added: March  11, 2013 - Publication: APTN National News

Link http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2013/03/10/residential-schools-chief-adjudicator-to-resign/

Canada’s chief adjudicator for the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement’s Independent Assessment Process (IAP) has resigned, APTN Investigates has learned.

Dan Ish gave his written notice to the IAP’s Oversight Committee a few weeks ago, saying it will be effective in June.

Ish has been overseeing the multi-billion dollar program since being appointed for five years in Sept. 19, 2007.


Thousands of native children died in Canada’s residential schools

Published: March  08, 2013 - Added: March  08, 2013 - Publication: World Socialist Web Site.org

Link http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/03/08/cana-m08.html

Recent media reports have noted research showing that at least 3,000 children are now known to have died while attending Canada’s aboriginal residential schools. The findings were released last month by Alex Maas, a Truth and Reconciliation Commission researcher managing the Commission’s Missing Children Project. Maas claims that the results are part of the first systematic search of government, school and other records, and provide primary documentation identifying deaths, when they occurred, and the circumstances.


In a place of pain, a centrepiece for renewal

Published: March  07, 2013 - Added: March  07, 2013 - Publication: The Globe and Mail

Link http://www.infomedia.gc.ca/ainc-inac/articles/unrestricted/2013/03/ain201331233698337_68.htm

When he was five years old, Gordie Sebastian was delivered to the St. Eugene residential school by his grandmother. She brought him there in a horse-drawn wagon and, he now believes, provoked him on the way so that he wouldn't cling to her when she left. These days, at 60, Mr. Sebastian still treads the hallways of St. Eugene. The onetime student is now a guardian, tending to the physical structure of the place as well as to the memories of about 5,000 children who came and went through its doors. A walk through the red-roofed hotel with Mr. Sebastian provides a primer on the building, which operated as a school between 1912 and 1970. It also gives a haunting sense of how the residential-school experience still ripples through former students' lives. Taking a visitor through a second-storey space that was once a dormitory, he recalls that he chose the same bed each year because it had a view to the east and let him play a game in which he'd pretend he could see his family on the nearby reserve.


PLUSIEURS GÉNÉRATIONS TRAUMATISÉES

Published: March  06, 2013 - Added: March  06, 2013 - Publication: Le Journal de Quebec

Link http://www.infomedia.gc.ca/ainc-inac/articles/unrestricted/2013/03/ain20133525367712_1886.htm

Pas facile d'encourager les enfants à fréquenter l'école lorsque leurs aînés y ont subi les pires sévices. Plus de 48 ans après sa fermeture, le «cauchemar» du pensionnat d'Amos continue à faire des ravages au sein de la communauté algonquine.

Située à 3 km au nord d'Amos, Pikogan est une minuscule réserve où vivent 600 Autochtones. Plus de 40 % d'entre eux ont moins de 18 ans et, bien qu'ils n'aient jamais connu les pensionnats indiens, ces derniers doivent vivre avec le poids de ce passé sur leurs épaules


Residential school survivor to speak at Laurier Brantford

Published: March  05, 2013 - Added: March  06, 2013 - Publication: NationTalk.ca

Link http://nationtalk.ca/story/residential-school-survivor-to-speak-at-laurier-brantford/

A former residential school student will share his experience and healing journey as an adult during a guest lecture entitled Indian Residential Schools – Conquering the Policy March 7 at 7 p.m. at Six Nations Polytechnic and March 8 at 2:30 p.m. at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford campus.


Exhibition explores history and legacy of residential schools

Published: March  04, 2013 - Added: March  05, 2013 - Publication: Rocky View Weekly

Link http://www.rockyviewweekly.com/article/20130304/RVW0302/303049981/exhibition-explores-history-and-legacy-of-residential-schools

Rocky View Schools (RVS) is inviting the public to the March 6 opening night of 100 Years of Loss Mobile Exhibition, a showcase touring across Canada.

The bilingual display, which runs from March 4 to 19, will feature archival and contemporary photographs, works of art, primary documents and research that reveal the histories of First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) children who were forcibly removed from their families and culture to be institutionalized in residential schools.


Le Diocèse anglican de Québec reconnaît « sa complicité » dans l'exploitation du pensionnat indien à La Tuque

Published: March  05, 2013 - Added: March  05, 2013 - Publication: Radio-Canada.ca

Link http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/mauricie/2013/03/04/007-dioceseanglican-complicite-pensionnatlatuque.shtml

Dans un communiqué diffusé lundi après-midi, le Diocèse anglican de Québec reconnaît « sa complicité dans la création d'un système qui a arraché, de force, des enfants des Premières Nations à leurs familles et à leurs communautés, notamment dans la région de la Baie James et à Kawawachikamach, dans le Nord du Québec. »


Catholic Church's role downplayed

Published: March  04, 2013 - Added: March  04, 2013 - Publication: NWT News/North

Link http://www.infomedia.gc.ca/ainc-inac/articles/restricted/2013/03/ain201331139275638_113.htm

  Sahtu MLA Norman Yakeleya is slamming the new residential school component of the Northern Studies curriculum taught in NWT high schools, arguing it downplays the Roman Catholic Church's involvement in residential schools.

   "Grollier Hall had four supervisors who were sexual pedophiles. Years we suffered in silence under the cloak of the Roman Catholic Church," said Yakeleya, referring to the residential school in Inuvik he attended as a child starting at age six. It closed in 1996.


Horrors of Residential Schools revealed

Published: March  02, 2013 - Added: March  04, 2013 - Publication: Kelowna Daily Courier

Link http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/local-entertainment/horrors-of-residential-schools-revealed-3313.html

If ever there was a play steeped in truth, however ugly that truth may be, Where the Blood Mixes hits the proverbial nail on the head. It also strikes deep in the heart and mind, shedding much-needed light on a part of Canadian history that is, on all levels, shameful.
Penned by Kevin Loring, the play peels back the layers of memory that are carried like a protective blanket by First Nations survivors of the brutal residential schools where thousands of young children were forced to live by the Canadian government.
 


Jim Hume column: Church-run residential schools left a shameful legacy

Published: March  03, 2013 - Added: March  04, 2013 - Publication: Times Colonist

Link http://www.timescolonist.com/jim-hume-column-church-run-residential-schools-left-a-shameful-legacy-1.83354

They found the bodies in the slush and ice of Fraser Lake. Four children, aged eight and nine, lying according to Canadian Press reports huddled in each others arms “capless and lightly clad,” frozen in the final dark embrace of a January night. The temperature was -30 C.

Maurice Justice and Allen Willie were eight years old. Johnny Michael and Andrew Paul were nine. All four were runaways from the harsh confines of the church-run Lejac Residential School. It was Jan. 2, 1937, when their bodies were found roughly six miles from the school and less than one from the Nautley Reserve, which was their believed destination. They had just wanted to go home.


Documented N.W.T. residential school deaths too low

Published: February  28, 2013 - Added: March  01, 2013 - Publication: CBC North

Link http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2013/02/28/north-fort-providence-cemetery.html

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Missing Children Project says up to 222 students died at residential schools in the N.W.T., but more than that are buried at Fort Providence, N.W.T., alone.

Former Deh Cho Grand Chief Sam Gargan was overcome with emotion as he looked over a common grave where residential school children were buried in Fort Providence.

The cemetery belonged to the Sacred Heart Mission school, which he attended as a boy.