The Winds of Change calls out to our communities to learn more about Residential Schools and to speak openly about the healing path we need to walk on together, because, as Chief Lucinda Phillips says, “No one in our community is exempt from the impact of Residential School because of the intergenerational effects of the … Continue reading Gallery: Waves of Healing
I remember being 18 and travelling overseas - a maple leaf sewn on my backpack, proud to be Canadian. I remember when that changed. It took one day eight years ago when I attended a workshop filled with statistics. Among those statistics were items like: 90% of the Aboriginal population perished within two generations of … Continue reading Opinion: Why Reconciliation?
“Where are the Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools” is an online exhibit of photographs largely from public and church archival collections, compiled in the hope that it will bring healing and restore balance in Aboriginal communities by encouraging children to ask, and parents to answer, important questions about their family histories. How … Continue reading Exhibit: Where Are the Children?
Residential schools are a dark period in Canadian history that continue to cast a long shadow over our country. It is a difficult subject for aboriginal and non-aboriginal Canadians alike – albeit for different reasons. For aboriginal people the experience created a well of anger, pain, tragedy, and sadness. The well is so deep that … Continue reading Book Review: They Called Me Number One
Ursula Carus is an aboriginal woman from the Siksika First Nation in Alberta. She is currently a Counselor and Mental Health Team Lead at the Pqusnalhcw Health Centre in Mount Currie. We asked her to share insight into the impact of Indian Residential Schools as part of a special awareness raising effort for Reconciliation Week. … Continue reading On the frontlines: Q+A with Counselor Ursula Carus
A short factual film produced by The Legacy of Hope Foundation, the film is 27 minutes long and is a brief history of residential school experiences in Canada. The story is told by four people who attended residential schools and a grandson. The film stresses the systemic and purposeful agenda of the Canadian government and … Continue reading Film Review: Where Are The Children?
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has a mandate to learn the truth about what happened in the residential schools and to inform all Canadians about what happened in the schools. Residential Schools for Aboriginal people in Canada date back to the 1870s. Over 130 residential schools were located across the country. The last … Continue reading A Week for Reconciliation
For more than 120 years, thousands of Aboriginal children in British Columbia – some as young as 4 years old – were sent to Indian Residential Schools funded by the federal government and run by the churches. Lil’wat children were taken to St. Joseph’s Mission at Williams Lake, St. Mary’s Indian Residential School in Mission, … Continue reading Join Together in Reconciliation: Announcing the first Reconciliation Week, September 16-22 2013