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A partir du mois de janvier prochain, la Commission Vérité et réconciliation du Canada, qui se penche depuis 2009 sur l'histoire des pensionnats amérindiens du pays, tiendra des audiences à Sept-Iles, à Val-d'Or, à Québec, à Chisasibi et à Montréal. Autochtones et non-autochtones sont invités à venir écouter les témoignages d'anciens pensionnaires pour mieux connaître, et mieux comprendre, cet épisode long et douloureux de l'histoire canadienne.
Commissioner Marie Wilson of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) will discuss the devastating legacy of Indian Residential Schools in Quebec and throughout the country when she delivers the third Annual Jeanne Sauvé Address this afternoon at l’Ermitage, Collège de Montréal. The Address takes place at 5:30 p.m.
Twelve federally funded, church-run residential schools operated in Quebec as part of a national program of forced assimilation of Aboriginal children through the elimination of parental and community involvement in their intellectual, cultural and spiritual development. This program to deliberately “kill the Indian in the child” has been called “the single most harmful, disgraceful and racist act in our history.”
Elders from across the country joined with Kenora MP Greg Rickford, as they commemorated the legacy of Indian Residential Schools.
“The Kenora District had three residential schools. Prior to becoming a member of Parliament, I was part of the negotiations and the signing of the Residential School Agreement, and I understand this is an important step in starting a new chapter with the aboriginal community in the Kenora riding and across the country. Many who took part in this ceremony feel a sense of hope for a bright future and I strongly share in that belief,” stated the MP. ”I was also very happy to see Ashnishnaabe Elder Alo White of Treaty 3 present in Ottawa to take part in this historic occasion.”
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is being criticized for its plan to focus on fewer atrocities and include more Canadian content when it opens in 2014. Against the wishes of former employees, Winnipeg's first national museum has done away with a plan to feature more than 80 genocides in an atrocities gallery in favour of focusing on five officially recognized by the federal government. The museum has expanded its Canadian content to ensure visitors are more aware of domestic human-rights success stories and failures.
The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, today presented to the Honourable Andrew Scheer, Speaker of the House of Commons, a stained glass window commemorating the legacy of Indian Residential Schools. This stained glass window, designed by renowned Métis artist Christi Belcourt, is permanently installed in Centre Block on Parliament Hill.
Survivors of Canada's aboriginal residential schools and the Holocaust of the Second World War share at least one thing in common, says the man heading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
They are united in their reluctance to talk to their families about the horrors they suffered because it is just too painful for them.
Justice Murray Sinclair, the Manitoba judge who chairs the commission, spoke to an audience in Sudbury on Tuesday at a conference on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
APTN National News
A stained-glass window that reflects on the past and looks to the future has been installed in Parliament Hill’s Centre Block.
The artwork created by Metis artist Christi Belcourt aims to tell the story of one of Canada’s darkest legacies: Indian residential schools.
Belcourt spoke to APTN National News about the project
A ceremony was held on Parliament Hill Monday to dedicate a new stained glass window to commemorate the legacy of Indian Residential Schools.
Elders, former students and young people spoke passionately of their own experiences, praying and singing during the dedication.
Some recalled the pain the schools caused multiple generations of Canada's aboriginal community and others spoke of the need to move forward from the mistakes of the past.
Every time an MP enters or exits Centreblock on Parliament Hill, they will now be reminded of the legacy of residential schools.
A stained-glass window commemorating the legacy and Canada's 2008 apology was unveiled this morning. The window sits overtop the MPs’ entrance to Centreblock, and is prominently seen from the Foyer outside the House of Commons.
The Foyer is one of the most commonly seen spaces on the Hill, as it is where media scrums and interviews most often take place.
Friends, the book Fatty Legs, written a couple of years ago, tells the true story of author Christy Jordan-Fenton's mother, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, originally of Sachs Harbour.
After being attracted to the idea of going to school in Aklavik, the child finds herself being left there at the tender age of eight.
There she meets her nemesis in the person of Raven, a cold-hearted and rather sadistic nun of the Roman Catholic church.
The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, today presented to the Honourable Andrew Scheer, Speaker of the House of Commons, a stained glass window commemorating the legacy of Indian Residential Schools. This stained glass window, designed by renowned Metis artist Christi Belcourt, is permanently installed in Centre Block on Parliament Hill.
"In 2008, on behalf all Canadians, Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered a formal Apology to former students of Indian Residential Schools, their families and communities that acknowledged the impacts of those schools," stated Minister Duncan. "Today we continue on the path of reconciliation as we dedicate this new stained glass window. The window is a visible reminder of the legacy of Indian Residential Schools; it is also a window to a future founded on reconciliation and respect."
B.C.'s biggest credit union, Vancity, has contributed $500,000 to Reconciliation Canada in a partnership designed to bring aboriginal and nonaboriginal people together.
The ambassador for Reconciliation Canada, Chief Robert Joseph, is a residential-school survivor and a leader in promoting greater understanding of the impact of this education on First Nations people.
He praised Vancity for its "investment in the reconciliation process", suggesting it's a huge boost to the work that his organization is doing to promote a better and stronger Canada.
We have a long way to go before child sexual abuse is no longer an issue. Almost daily, it seems, we hear about more stories of abuse: the Penn State horrors, former pro hockey stars, Scouting movement allegations, residential schools abuses, the Irish Schools, and abusive priests.
The largest Canadian religious institutions established their first nationally guiding policies for receiving child sexual abuse complaints 20 years ago. Yet abuse continues to be reported.
A contracted research paper commissioned by the Cornwall Inquiry, a public inquiry into child sexual abuse cases in Cornwall, Ont., sparked my interest in the issue. The inquiry started in 1992, the same year the Anglican Church, the United Church and the Roman Catholic Church developed child sexual abuse allegation policies. Although I have written a previous book about sexuality and violence, I had not investigated policies.
Lac Seul’s Garnet Angeconeb is looking to create more awareness of the residential school issue through the launch of a new website — www.garnetsjourney.com.
“Even though it’s been in the news and an issue that is well known, there is still a lot of work to do to create awareness,” said Angeconeb, an Aboriginal Healing Foundation board member who disclosed in the 1990s the sexual abuse he suffered in residential school. “I bet you that the average Canadian you meet on the street probably doesn’t know anything about the legacy of the Indian residential school system, nor have they ever met a survivor of the system in person.”
Angeconeb is also looking for people to use the website to engage and dialogue about the residential school issue, whether they are lawyers working in the court system, healthcare professionals working with residential school survivors and descendants of survivors or anyone who is affected by the residential school legacy.
Her face is tucked under a solid wave inside a whalebone. She is Sedna, the sea goddess who lives in the cold waters of the Arctic, where she is feared and revered by hunters and those travelling on the sea ice. It is said that when she is angered, she causes famine by withholding sea animals from hunters and whalers.
According to Inuit legend, the only way to soothe Sedna is to send a shaman into the depths of the ocean to comb her hair, which has become tangled by the sins of man. Only then, legend says, will she release the sea creatures so that life may go on.
For hundreds of years, hunters have so feared Sedna that they would only whisper her name. Because of this fear, it is rare to see artistic images of the goddess.
Yet here she is, in a sculpture created by Abraham Anghik Ruben, a Canadian Inuit artist whose work has been collected in the exhibit Arctic Journeys/Ancient Memories at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.
UALR’s Sequoyah National Research Center will present a lecture by author and educator Myrelene Ranville, a Canadian Anishinaabe, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. Her lecture will be on on “Indian Residential Schools and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.”
The lecture, to be held in UALR’s Donaghey Student Center Room 205G, is in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. The event is free and open to the public.
Indian residential schools of Canada were a network of boarding schools for native people of Canada funded by the Canadian government’s Department of Indian Affairs, and administered by Catholic and Anglican churches, and other denominations in Canada.
The federal government will spend $125 million over its projected budget this fiscal year to fund out-of-court-settlements for residential school survivors.
Abuse claims from the Aboriginal victims of the residential school system have risen dramatically since Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued an apology to survivors in 2006. That year, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada awarded over $30 million in legal settlements to 582 people.
The amount of claimants jumped to 3,198 in 2011, when the government paid out $478 million to residential school victims. Those numbers are only expected to rise as the deadline for abuse claims expired last September.
Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission is gathering statements from prisoners in Canada’s jails.
The TRC is visiting two prisons in Saskatchewan later this week.
And they just wrapped up a week-long visit the Northwest Territories. It was the first time that the TRC spoke with inmates there about their residential school experiences.
But as APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier finds out, opening up about the past is sometimes easier said than done.
Federal government departments and agencies spent a record half billion dollars on legal services last year, an increase of more than $138 million in the past three years alone, according to government spending records.
Total spending - not including legal services provided by a department or agency's own lawyers - hit $500.8 million in 2011-12, according to the 2012 Public Accounts. That's 6.8 per cent more than the previous year and 38 per cent higher than in 2008-09.
Indian Affairs and Northern Development was the biggest spender, racking up a legal tab of more than $110 million, though its spending actually fell by nearly $3 million from 2010-11. The Canada Revenue Agency was next at just lass than $70 million, followed by the Office of the Public Prosecutor, which spent $36.8 million to hire private-sector federal prosecutors.
It was a stain on Canadian History until 1996 and only recently has it been recognized as such.
The Canadian Indian Residential Schools run by the Catholic and Anglican Churches of Canada were used to separate young First Nations children in rural areas from their families and their heritage and force feed them lessons about Christianity.
Recently many First Nations people who were forced to attend these schools came forward and admitted to being sexually assaulted by both staff and other students.
A panel discussion held Tuesday at Manitoba's Government House explored the impacts of residential schools on Canada's aboriginal peoples.
Members of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission were among those who spoke at Revitalizing Reconciliation, a discussion hosted by Lt.-Gov. Phillip Lee and moderated by Terry MacLeod, co-host of Information Radio on CBC Radio One.
Other speakers included youth leaders, academics and former residential school students, also known as survivors.
The sheer volume of personal stories is nothing short of breathtaking.
It's expected more than 30,000 statements -- written, oral and through video -- will be collected from residential school survivors and their family members once the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) concludes its work on June 30, 2014.
Many of those statements were filed along with claims for injuries by aboriginal people who attended residential schools in the last century. Thousands more and are being gathered by the TRC, which was formed in 2008 after Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized to the former students, calling it "a sad chapter in our history."
Indian residential school survivors are getting some assistance from the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness (CCAA).
The national organization is planning events for survivors who are in the process of resolving their claims through the Independent Assessment Process (IAP).
"We applied for and received funding from the Indian Residential School Adjudication Secretariat to assist survivors of abuse from residential schools with being prepared to go into their adjudication for their compensation," said Sanderson Layng, CCAA president and COO.
The public launch of the Residential Schools curriculum by the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty along with the Chair of the Legacy of Hope Foundation Richard Kistabish took place on Wednesday in Yellowknife.
The Great Hall at the Legislative Assembly was jam packed with students, teachers and representatives from the different levels of government to get their hands on the material that will be taught to students.
Kistabish has been working on getting the history of residential schools out to the entire country since the 70's and he explained what he feels seeing this step taken
In many respects, my friend and colleague Garnet Angeconeb is representative of the countless Aboriginal children beaten and raped in Canada's Indian residential schools. For years he told no one, including his wife. Angry, pain-filled and confused, he drank heavily to dull his feelings.