Residential School Survivors

This Is My Truth, This Is My Reconciliation

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 05.28.2015 | Canada Living
Wayne K. Spear

Will Canadians learn anything of useful value from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada? Will they even be interested in doing so? These and other questions are on my mind as I prepare for the final closing events of the TRC, from May 31 to June 3.

Huge Number Of Survivors Report Broken Bones, Breathing Problems, Hearing Loss

CP | Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.26.2014 | Canada

WINNIPEG - The vast majority of claims filed by Indian residential school survivors seeking extra compensation for medical injuries are for hearing lo...

Preserve Evidence Of Residential School Abuse, Judge Urged

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.14.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - The sensitive testimony of survivors of Canada's notorious residential school system should be sealed for decades rather than destroyed, bec...

Evidence Of Residential School Abuse Could Be Destroyed

CP | Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Politics

WINNIPEG - The head of Canada's national archive dedicated to Indian residential schools says the voices of 40,000 survivors would be silenced if a ju...

'Why Can't We Just Get the Money?'

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.17.2014 | Canada Politics

VANCOUVER - Carla Robinson's mother was sexually abused as a child attending two Indian residential schools in British Columbia, but her father dodged...

Want to Know About Residential Schools? Talk to Survivors

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Wayne K. Spear

Canadians have learned a good deal about the Indian Residential School System, and much of what is not today known may never be known, precisely because the records are gone. What we do however have is the ample and rich experiences of living aboriginal people, and it is on these experiences and these voices that most of my own work has been based.

Ottawa To Turn Over Police Records To Residential School Survivors

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal government agreed Wednesday to turn over thousands of police documents that survivors of a notorious aboriginal residential schoo...

MP: Tories Have Failed Survivors

CBC | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics

NDP MP Charlie Angus sent a letter Monday to Justice Minister Peter MacKay, charging the government with breaching its legal obligations to residenti...

Our Government Is Re-Victimizing These Residential School Survivors

Charlie Angus | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Charlie Angus

If you want to know why the Conservative government has lost so much goodwill on the residential school apology, look no further than the treatment of the survivors of St. Anne's Residential School. In the dark annals of the residential schools, St. Anne's stands out as a particularly brutal symbol of torture, shame and abuse. Unfortunately, the Federal government is re-victimizing the survivors by deliberately monkey-wrenching a process that was supposed to finally bring closure.

Residential School Survivors' Stories Are the Key to Reconciliation

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Approximately 150,000 aboriginal children were taken from their families and placed in Canada's residential school system from the late 1800s until the last one closed in 1996. At least 3,000 children -- possibly many more -- never got out of those schools alive. Telling their stories to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission helps survivors begin to heal.

Boats Fill Harbour For Start Of Reconciliation Week

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Hundreds of people in First Nations canoes, dragon boats, kayaks and other vessels have paddled down Vancouver's False Creek to mark the s...

Never Forget

CP | Posted 04.01.2012 | Canada Politics

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. - One of the commissioners hearing the stories of residential school survivors says the information will be preserved to ensure i...