Residential Schools Canada

Children To Learn Horrors Of Indian Residential Schools

CP | John Cotter, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta students are to be taught about the horrors and the painful legacy of Indian residential schools.The province has announced that al...

How Hockey Offered Salvation At Indian Residential Schools

CBC | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Alberta

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission into Indian residential schools has travelled the country for five years now, collecting first-hand evidence ...

Aboriginals Adopted Into White Families Seek Formal Apology

CP | Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Politics

WINNIPEG - Some aboriginal people who were adopted into white families during the so-called Sixties Scoop say it's their turn for reconciliation and a...

"We Were Just Children Undergoing Torture...Nothing Has Changed"

Charlie Angus | Posted 03.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Charlie Angus

Imagine what would happen if the Crown suppressed thousands of pages of police evidence from an important trial? It wouldn't take a legal expert to tell you there would be an immediate mistrial -- especially if the Crown also prepared a false evidence sheet that mislead the judges. And yet, this was done to the survivors of St. Anne's Residential School.

Catholic Bishops Apologize For Residential Schools

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.24.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Catholic bishops in Alberta and the Northwest Territories have apologized for abuse that aboriginal children suffered in residential school...

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...

School Survivor Turns To Ottawa For Justice

CBC | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada

Former students of St. Anne's Residential School in Fort Albany, Ont., say their dispute with the federal government over disclosure of document...

Residential Schools Day Students Seek Redress

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - Students who attended native residential schools in B.C., but did not live in residence, are seeking redress for their experiences.La...

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.

Honour the Apology: Fasting for My Father, a Residential School Survivor

Wab Kinew | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada Politics
Wab Kinew

I was at my childhood home on the reserve when I heard the news -- my father and uncles were likely part of one of these "nutritional experiments," and one with clearly adverse side-effects at that. I felt as though a little piece of history reached out and punched me in the gut. Some friends and I have put out a call to Canadians to shed some of this negativity by uniting across cultural and religious lines. We are calling our gatherings (to be held today at noon) "Honour The Apology." To be clear, the Residential School era is not just "Native history." It is Canadian history. It is OUR history.

"This Is the Face of a Homegrown, Attempted Genocide"

Leanne Simpson | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Leanne Simpson

Aboriginal children are the face of a homegrown, attempted genocide. And tehy are still starving -- many living in poverty without the basic necessities of life, because land and resources continue to be stolen from their territories, with just as many starving for meaning, their culture, their language and their land. The children of those that survived the nutritional experiments, torture, sexual, emotional, and physical abuse, and the assimilative and genocidal policies of Canada still live with the consequences and the trauma. Every day. There are more Native children in the child welfare system than were in the residential school system at its height because of the cycles of violence and trauma they inflicted on our families.

B.C. Residential School Survivor Shares Starvation Story

CBC | Posted 09.16.2013 | Canada British Columbia

As a 10-year-old boy, Alvin Dixon remembers having to milk cows during his stay at a residential school in Port Alberni, B.C. Yet, he was always fed...

Ex-PM: 'Cultural Genocide'

CBC | Posted 06.26.2013 | Canada

Residential schools engaged in "cultural genocide," former prime minister Paul Martin said Friday at the hearings of the federal Truth And Reconciliat...

At Least 3,000 Died During Residential School Attendance: Research

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.20.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - At least 3,000 children, including four under the age of 10 found huddled together in frozen embrace, are now known to have died during atte...

Harper's Top Seven Successes in Seven Years

Rachel Décoste | Posted 03.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

This week marks seven years since Stephen Harper was first elected Prime Minister of Canada. The Harper Administration has been described as a dark cloud, but it does boast a silver lining. A thin one. Perhaps the Prime Minister should reassess his criteria and/or consider these seven success stories as feathers in his conservative cap.

Former Students At Residential Schools To Tell Their Stories

CBC | Posted 03.24.2013 | Canada Impact

The commission examining the treatment of aboriginal children in residential schools in the early 1900s is holding its first meetings in Quebec. ...

Truth Commission Fights Feds Over Documents In Court

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.18.2013 | Canada Impact

TORONTO - The Canadian government cannot be allowed to renege on a legal deal with its aboriginal people simply because sticking to the terms would co...

Feds Sued Over School Abuse

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.01.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Years of mounting frustration over access to government records has prompted the commission of inquiry into Canada's residential school syst...

120 'Missing Children' Deaths Tied To Residential Schools

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.31.2012 | Canada

TORONTO - An intensive review of Ontario records has so far turned up more than 100 possible cases of previously unidentified child and youth deaths l...

With Glowing Hearts? Coming to Terms with Our Dark Past

Avrum Rosensweig | Posted 06.04.2012 | Canada
Avrum Rosensweig

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.

Residential Schools Commission To Release Interim Report

CP | Terri Theodore, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.24.2012 | Canada Politics

VANCOUVER - Tears form in Barney Williams eyes and his hand rests over his heart when he speaks about how important a report on residential schools is...

Canada Guilty Of Genocide Under UN Rules?

CP | Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.18.2012 | Canada Politics

WINNIPEG - The chairman of Canada's truth and reconciliation commission says removing more than 100,000 aboriginal children from their homes and plac...