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TORONTO — The federal government is thwarting compensation attempts from students at a former Indian residential school who say they were victims of horrific child abuse, including some jolted in an electric chair, advocates say.
They accuse the government of hiding thousands of pages of documentary evidence — much of it from a criminal investigation of St. Anne’s in northern Ontario — that might support their claims.
The old adage of “the truth shall set you free” may never be more appropriate. And if it doesn’t free, then at least it hopes to set you onto a path towards healing.
Hobbema will be hosting a community hearing with Commissioner Marie Wilson at the Ermineskin Junior Senior High School July 24 and 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Canadian education ministers agreed July 5 to include education about residential schools within school curriculums and thanked Nunavut premier Eva Aariak for highlighting the issue during their first meeting in the territory.
“The premier’s presentation on this issue not only moved us, but informed us,” said Brad Duguid, Ontario’s minister for training, colleges and universities.
PORT HOPE -- Recalling the day he first set foot inside St. John’s Anglican Indian Residential School, Ron Howard said it marked the beginning of the end for his culture, language and childhood.
A member of the Hiawatha First Nation from the north shore of Rice Lake, Mr. Howard has spent the last decade visiting schools across the province, sharing his story of growing up at a northern Ontario residential school.
A lawyer says she's being denied access to documents that would support the abuse claims of former residential school students in northeast Ontario, and she said her clients are losing faith in the justice system.
Faye Brunning represents former students of Ste. Anne's Residential School in Fort Albany, Ont., and of Bishop Horden Memorial School in Moose Factory, Ont.
Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO) hosted a gathering for Residential School survivors of the KO communities from June 14-16. Lydia Sherman, who has been the Indian Residential School Support Worker since 2011, has been working on this project since October of that year with Robert Thomas, the KO Health Director. In 2011 a gathering took place in Thunder Bay where people from the KO communities suggested that they would like a similar event to take place in their region. Two years later that is what Sherman and the KO Health Department have made possible. This call for a local gathering lead to the development of the, “ 2013 Live and Hope Gathering.”
OTTAWA—The NDP says the federal aboriginal affairs department has deliberately stymied efforts to produce thousands of police and court documents that could bolster abuse claims made by dozens of former students who attended the notorious St. Anne’s residential school in northern Ontario.
NDP MP Charlie Angus wrote Wednesday to federal minister Bernard Valcourt to demand Ottawa act swiftly and order a trove of documents be gathered and released to lawyers acting for the aging survivors of alleged physical and sexual abuse.