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It has been a year since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its final report, "Honouring the Truth, Reconciling the Future." It seemed like we finally had a government in Ottawa ready to listen and act. In the year since, we have seen the listening. Now we need to see the action.
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There's a new cadre of indigenous chefs who are part historian, part cultural ambassador. Piecing together recipes long passed down orally, Chef David Wolfman helps people find a sense of history and identity through food. For many experiencing the residual effects of residential schools, food provides a link to a culture they didn't even know they were missing.
"All of us little children were crying and no one cared."
The question of what to do with the records of deeply personal testimony from thousands of survivors of Indian residential schools lands on the doorstep of Ontario's top court Tuesday.
While many Canadians are cautiously optimistic that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a valuable process, they are rather skeptical about whether their government will take meaningful action...
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"You killed my spirit. In its place you put hatred. You put bitterness, anger, revenge — that's what you put there," said one survivor.
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Twenty-two days. Twenty-two stories. Twenty-two lives forever marked by a tragic legacy.
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Mike Cachagee was just four-and-a-half when he was taken from his home and sent to a residential school in northern Ontario.For the next 12 years, he never celebrated a birthday.He was never hugged.He...
St. Michael's was operated by the Anglican Church from 1930 to 1975.
VANCOUVER - Donovan McGlaughlin admits his story is hard to believe, but he wants Canadians to keep an open mind as he explains why he may have to apply as a political refugee in the country he's call...
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TORONTO - Sensitive testimony from survivors of Canada's notorious residential school system should be kept for 15 years then destroyed, an Ontario court has ruled.In a decision released Thursday, Sup...
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission into Indian residential schools has travelled the country for five years now, collecting first-hand evidence of the trauma experienced and the legacy left behin...
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Court documents obtained by CBC News allege that the Catholic Church is withholding millions from former students of Indian residential schools. The church was part of the Indian residential school...
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.
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Have we learned nothing from the story of Dr. Bryce and the horrors he attempted to expose in residential schools? Here and now we have an opportunity to do the right thing for Aboriginal children so in 20 to 30 years Canada does not have to apologize again.
Residential school survivors in Williams Lake, B.C., are reuniting this weekend to remember and heal. Though St. Joseph's Mission School was torn down in the 1980s, the painful memories are still fre...
TORONTO - The Canadian government cannot be allowed to renege on a legal deal with its aboriginal people simply because sticking to the terms would cost too much, an Ontario court heard Thursday.At is...
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. The turning-point in his life arrived during a business trip to Ottawa, on October 31, 1990.
"There, on the front page [of the Globe and Mail], was an article about how the then-Grand Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Phil Fontaine, had publicly disclosed that he had been physically and sexually abused while attending an Indian Lake residential school. As I read the article, I began to feel an indescribable pain crawling all over my body..."
As a Canadian, as a Jew, I'm sickened to share with you that in 1928, Alberta's Sexual Sterilization Act was passed, allowing students of a residential school to be sterilized with the principal's approval. At least 3,500 young native females were sterilized this way. Knowing this, I can understand the feelings of young Germans today when dealing with aspects of their country's past.
WINNIPEG - The chairman of Canada's truth and reconciliation commission says removing more than 100,000 aboriginal children from their homes and placing them in residential schools was an act of genoc...