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Residential Schools

3/26/2017

article Court urged to solve ‘mystery’ of hidden Indian residential school documents
(Ontario) -- The courts must clear up the mystery of why the federal government withheld thousands of relevant documents from survivors who sought compensation for their...

3/23/2017

article Ontario law firms allegedly sat on documents supporting residential school clients’ abuse claims
(Ontario) -- Two Ontario law firms allegedly failed to produce documents in their possession that could have helped their Indian residential school survivor clients...

3/21/2017

article Memories of 'pain and suffering': Chief wants Lower Post mission school demolished
(British Columbia) -- The chief of the Daylu Dena Council is hopeful the First Nation will soon be able to tear down what remains of the former Lower Post residential...

3/20/2017

article 'Nothing good' about residential school system, Anglican Church tells Senator Beyak
(Canada) -- Leaders of the Anglican Church of Canada have penned a strongly worded letter to Lynn Beyak, the Conservative senator who recently mounted a defence of the...
article 'Up to society' to make reconciliation reality: Senator Murray Sinclair
(Canada) -- While Canadian society is beginning to move towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the federal government still has a long way to go. That's...

3/18/2017

article Sen. Beyak’s residential school comments hit close to home in northern Ontario
(Ontario) -- Sen. Lynn Beyak is from Dryden, Ontario. It’s a small town in the northwestern part of the province – an area with the scars of residential...
article Tragic story of Chanie Wenjack inspires garden at Canada Blooms show
(Ontario) -- "Do Something." These words are displayed in moss on a wall at Canada Blooms, an annual flower and garden festival that runs this week in Toronto...

3/17/2017

article Supreme Law: Tribal Leaders Discuss Treaty Rights Under New Administration
(Idaho) -- Members of Idaho’s Nez Perce tribe are concerned about their treaty rights under a new president. That was the topic of the day at a conference that...
article MORON ALERT: Conservative senator's comments on residential schools show 'lack of knowledge'
(Ontario) -- A prominent Indigenous leader in Sudbury, Ont. says recent comments by a Conservative senator show a misunderstanding of Canada's residential school...

3/16/2017

article MORON ALERT: Calls mount for Senator Beyak to step aside from Aboriginal committee after residential schools remark
(Canada) -- The chair of the Senate's Aboriginal Peoples committee is asking Senator Lynn Beyak to consider resigning from her post after she made "ill-informed...
article Senator Lynn Beyak stands by residential school remarks, cites 'fake news'
(Canada) -- Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak says she has received much support after she defended residential schools in the Senate last week, and is ignoring calls to...
article Tragic story of Chanie Wenjack inspires garden at Canada Blooms show
(Toronto) -- "Do Something." These words are displayed in moss on a wall at Canada Blooms, an annual flower and garden festival that runs this week in Toronto...

3/12/2017

article NDP MP calls for Conservative Senator to resign after residential school comments
(Ottawa) -- NDP MP Romeo Saganash is calling on Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak to resign after comments she made about residential schools. Saganash, the Member of...
article Senator's residential school comment 'hurts the integrity of the Canadian system,' survivor says
(Manitoba) -- Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak's defence of the residential school system for Aboriginal children has left a Manitoba survivor feeling hurt and...

3/11/2017

article OP/ED: Senator scores Canada a late-game medal in the Wingnut Olympics
(Ontario) -- This week, breaking with perceived wisdom on the way to finalizing her bitter divorce from reality, Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak decided to present an...
article OP/ED: Unless you've gone yourself, residential schools should remain indefensible
(Ontario) -- While there are some who can extol the "good deeds" of Canada's residential school system, a non-Indigenous senator from Ontario simply isn...

3/10/2017

article MEET THE MORON: Residential school survivor hopes to meet with senator over remarks
(Thunder Bay) -- A residential school survivor from northwestern Ontario is hoping to meet with Senator Lynn Beyak after she defended the residential school system on...

3/9/2017

article Conservative senator defends 'well-intentioned' residential school system
(Canada) -- Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak mounted a defence of the residential school system for Aboriginal children in the Red Chamber Tuesday, lamenting that the...
article Senator's defence of residential schools akin to excusing Holocaust, NDP MP says
(Canada) -- An attempt by Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak to paint the residential school system as "well-intentioned" is akin to defending actions taken by...

3/7/2017

article Acclaimed artist Alex Janvier on how art brought escape at residential school
(Ottawa) -- Residential school is where Alex Janvier was stripped of his culture and language. It's also where he discovered art and a career path that eventually...

3/6/2017

article 'We owe this to ourselves': Teachers learn how to talk residential schools at Winnipeg workshop
(Manitoba) -- Around 30 Winnipeg educators became students on Saturday at a workshop designed to build skills around teaching the history and legacy of residential...
article Tim Giago: Boarding school principal showed cruelty to animals
(South Dakota) -- One of the things we missed the most when we were small boys institutionalized at the Holy Rosary Mission Boarding School on the Pine Ridge Indian...

3/1/2017

article Some Sask. schools won't teach Augie Merasty's book about residential schools: co-author
(Saskatchewan) -- Some Saskatchewan schools are "unofficially banning" Augie Merasty's acclaimed memoir about his harsh treatment growing up in residential...

2/17/2017

article First Nation chief calls for charges against lawyer who overcharged residential school survivors
(Manitoba) -- The chief of a Manitoba First Nation says the lawyer who misappropriated nearly a million dollars from some of the community's most vulnerable and...

2/3/2017

article Indian residential schools: 5,300 alleged abusers located by Ottawa
(Ottawa) -- Investigators hired by the federal government have located thousands of people accused of physically and sexually abusing students at Canada's Indian...

2/1/2017

article Former Mt. Pleasant Boarding School Nomination Forwarded to National Register of Historic Places
(Michigan) -- The State Historic Preservation Review Board approved a nomination of the former Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School to the National Register...

1/30/2017

article Reconciliation report card: Work remains for cities
(Canada) -- After the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its 94 calls to action in 2015, several cities across Canada declared a "Year of Reconciliation....

1/26/2017

article Courts see residential schools legacy
(Ontario) -- Justice Gethin Edward says he has a personal definition of the word "reconciliation." The Brantford judge told about 200 people in a lecture hall...

1/16/2017

article Appeal Court rules judges should stay out of residential school claims
(Ontario) -- Judges have no general right to interfere with compensation decisions involving claims by victims of Canada's notorious Indian residential schools,...

1/15/2017

article The complicated cost of apologizing for residential schools
(Manitoba) -- In 2007, the Canadian federal government earmarked billions of dollars to compensate former students of Indian residential schools. Putting a price on...

1/13/2017

article Brandon experiments exposed
(Manitoba) -- Children at the Brandon Indian Residential School were test subjects of extra-sensory-perception experiments during the Second World War, states a science...
article New book aims to teach children about painful history of residential schools
(Manitoba) -- A new children's book aims to respond to one of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's calls to action — to begin education about the...

12/17/2016

article Former Kivalliq Hall students win long fight for compensation
(Nunavut) -- A five-year legal battle has ended with former students of a residential school in Rankin Inlet becoming eligible to receive compensation for their time at...

12/16/2016

article Coun. Browaty to meet to with elders about reconciliation
(Manitoba) -- Coun. Jeff Browaty plans to meet with elders as part of an effort to mend fences with an Indigenous community perturbed by his comments about...

12/15/2016

article Justin Trudeau announces 3 steps to help enact Truth and Reconciliation calls to action
(Canada) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Thursday the creation of a national council for reconciliation to help implement the Truth and Reconciliation...
article Truth and reconciliation centre in Winnipeg to get $10M from feds
(Manitoba) -- The national centre dedicated to archiving and presenting the thousands of stories told by individuals through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC...
article Reconciliation a top priority for Pope Francis, says ambassador
(Saskatchewan) -- Reconciliation between the Catholic Church and Indigenous people is a top priority for Pope Francis, says the Vatican's ambassador to Canada.

12/13/2016

article Indian residential school hearing resuming with fight over costs immunity
(Sudbury) -- Two survivors of a notorious Indian residential school want the courts to ensure they aren't forced to foot the government's legal bills if they...
article Winnipeg inner-city groups have lessons for Canada on reconciliation, researchers say
(Manitoba) -- Community groups in Winnipeg's inner city are ahead of the curve when it comes to addressing Canada's historic oppression of Indigenous people, the...

12/7/2016

article Why Gord Downie's 'beautiful' work can't stand alone
(Canada) -- Gord Downie was honoured by the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) on Tuesday for his work highlighting the impact of residential schools through his latest...

12/6/2016

article 'Man who walks among the stars': AFN honours tearful Gord Downie
(Quebec) -- Gord Downie, lead singer of the Tragically Hip and an advocate for First Nations people, was honoured at the Assembly of First Nations gathering Tuesday for...

12/4/2016

article The legacy of America’s Indian School: Remembering a forgotten history
(Virginia) -- Built in 1723, the Brafferton Indian School has a long history as part of William & Mary. It was this complex history that prompted one professor and...
article Sudbury Accent: A story that 'needs to be told'
(Ontario) -- Ajuawak Kapashesit is standing on the side of Elgin Street, his long black hair cinched in a ponytail, hands jammed in the pockets of an earth-toned...

11/28/2016

article Feds appeal Manitoba decision to ease compensation rules for residential school survivors
(Manitoba) -- The federal government is appealing a decision made by a Manitoba judge that set a precedent that makes it easier for residential school survivors to...

11/24/2016

article New era of 'residential schools' necessary for First Nations students, report says
(Ontario) -- A five-point action plan for Indigenous education spelled out in a new report from the Northern Policy Institute, a northern Ontario think tank, draws the...

11/21/2016

article 'A lot of us are still running,' residential school survivor says at Walk for Wenjack
(Thunder Bay) -- Chanie Wenjack was simply a "trespasser found dead" in the eyes of a railway inspector when his frozen body was beside the rail line near...
article Saskatoon library dedicates space for truth and reconciliation
(Saskatoon) -- Saskatoon is now home to what is believed to be the first library space in the province permanently dedicated to reconciliation. Today, Saskatoon's...

11/19/2016

article 'I had to choose': Healing journey leads to honorary doctorate for Cree man
(Ontario) -- "I chose my daughter." Thomas R. Louttit remembers the day many years ago, when he decided to start healing from his abuses at residential school.
article No opting out: School district says students will have to study residential schools
(New Brunswick) -- The Anglophone West School District has backed away from a plan to allow students the option of not studying the residential schools issue.

11/9/2016

article Council approves Truth and Reconciliation Commission review
(Alberta) -- Council gave its unanimous approval on Tuesday night for a review of what role the municipality can play in reconciliation with Canada’s indigenous...

11/8/2016

article Messages supporting residential school survivors make up 'Healing Forest'
(Edmonton) -- Handmade hearts containing messages of hope and love transformed a popular river valley trail into the city's first "Healing Forest." More...

11/4/2016

article 11-year-old paints dark history of Canada's residential schools
(Alberta) -- Almost a year after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its report, an 11-year-old Fort McMurray student is bringing its calls to action to...

11/2/2016

article Now that you've watched Secret Path, what's next?
(Canada) -- So you watched Gord Downie’s Secret Path on the CBC, are newly aware of the residential school system and just don’t know what to do with this...
article Truth and Reconciliation summit in Banff hopes to educate and heal
(Alberta) -- A summit on truth and reconciliation was held in Banff, Alberta. The goal was to educate Canadians and try to find the path to reconciliation.

10/26/2016

article 'Reconciliation tour' reveals dark history of Mission, B.C. school
(British Columbia) -- Cyril Pierre, 68, whacks a picnic table with a heavy leather strap. The sharp noise startles the dozens of teachers, youth workers and local...
article Author of Abandoned Manitoba explores site of old Birtle Indian residential school
(Manitoba) -- A new Winnipeg book that explores historical old buildings across Manitoba devotes one chapter to the site of a former Indian residential school. In one...

10/25/2016

article 'Truth gets to people' in Kenora, Ont., 'the town that hardly noticed' Chanie Wenjack's death
(Ontario) -- A public screening of Gord Downie's Secret Path in Kenora, Ont., on Sunday brought residential school survivors face-to-face with community members who...
article Author of Abandoned Manitoba explores site of old Birtle Indian residential school
(Manitoba) -- A new Winnipeg book that explores historical old buildings across Manitoba devotes one chapter to the site of a former Indian residential school.

10/24/2016

article Church apologies for Native boarding schools
(Alaska) -- The Presbyterian Church of America has apologized for the experiences of Native Americans at boarding schools that had ties to the church.

10/23/2016

article What Chanie Wenjack's sister wants from Gord Downie's Secret Path
(Ontario) -- Fifty years after Chanie Wenjack's tragic death while running away from residential school, his sister says it's time every First Nation had its own...

10/22/2016

article 'State of crisis' in northern Sask. highlights Truth and Reconciliation calls to action
(Saskatchewan) -- Indigenous leaders are hopeful that progress may finally be made on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's calls to action regarding Indigenous...

10/21/2016

article Does art offer the best path to heal historical wrongs?
(Canada) -- For decades the horrors of the residential schools went largely unnoticed by the majority of Canadians. In 1967, a story in Maclean's magazine called,...
article Gord Downie closing the circle with Secret Path project
(Canada) -- Gord Downie wears a worn, jean jacket, all buttoned up with a beaded Remembrance Day poppy pinned close to his heart. A black felt, wide-brimmed hat is...
article Gord Downie's Secret Path gives hope to Chanie Wenjack's sister Pearl
(Canada) -- Gord Downie calls it the most important thing he's ever done. The Tragically Hip lead singer just debuted his latest album and multi-media project:...
article What happens next
(Canada) -- None of what follows is to say that last summer’s glorious national outpouring wasn’t the astonishing thing it was, when the Tragically Hip and...
article Meet the journalist who inspired Gord Downie and Joseph Boyden to write about Chanie Wenjack
(Canada) -- "Don't let the cynics tell you that journalism is written to be forgotten," says writer Ian Adams, 79, reflecting on an article he wrote...

10/20/2016

article Ottawa breaching Indian residential school settlement agreement: Sen. Murray Sinclair
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa breached the multi-billion dollar Indian residential school settlement agreement by allowing its lawyers to use legalistic tactics to defeat and limit...

10/19/2016

article Doug George-Kanentiio: A voice for residential school survivors
(New York) -- I attended, by chance, the conference organized by the Ontario Public Services Employees Union at Nav-Can in Tsi:Kanatien (Cornwall) across from Akwesasne...

10/15/2016

article Haida reconciliation totem pole heads to Vancouver
(British Columbia) -- A Haida master carver has created a totem pole to commemorate the lives of children sent to residential schools. Though carver Jim Hart did not...

10/12/2016

article Gord Downie's Secret Path will livestream on CBC Arts this October 23
(Ontario) -- On October 22, 1966 near Kenora, Ontario, Chanie Wenjack died when he walking home to the family he was taken from over 400 miles away. Fifty years later,...

10/4/2016

article Buffy Sainte-Marie calls for adults only exhibit on residential schools at Canadian Museum for Human Rights
(Manitoba) -- Buffy Sainte-Marie has a message for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights ahead of her talk on Wednesday. "My recommendation to the museum is that we...
article Judge approves Newfoundland residential schools settlement
(Newfoundland) -- An emotional, decade-long battle ended quickly Wednesday for hundreds of former students of Newfoundland and Labrador residential schools. After a two-...
article Media coverage of Indigenous issues still has room to improve, says CBC's Connie Walker
(Saskatchewan) -- Veteran reporter Connie Walker says there needs to be more discussion on how Indigenous people are portrayed in the media. Walker, a CBC national...

10/1/2016

article Orange Shirt Day Walk of Healing ends at former residential school site in Thunder Bay, Ont.
(Ontario) -- First Nations leaders, educators and municipal officials in Thunder Bay, Ont., will mark the Every Child Matters "Walk for Healing" on Friday by...

9/30/2016

article On Orange Shirt Day, writer shares her grandmother's residential school story
(Toronto) -- On the cover of Jenny Kay Dupuis's book I Am Not a Number a First Nations girl holds back tears as a pair of white hands, scissors at the ready,...
article Residential school trauma crosses generations, son of survivor says
(Ontario) -- Lyndon George did not attend a Canadian Indian Residential School but he feels the experience was so horrific for his mother that the trauma spilled over...

9/28/2016

article Court monitor finds 'no concerns' about Kenora, Ont., lawyer Doug Keshen; complaint hearings continue
(Ontario) -- The Law Society of Upper Canada will continue its hearings into a Kenora, Ont., lawyer's dealings with residential school survivors into the new year.
article Newfoundland and Labrador judge approves class action residential school settlement
(Newfoundland) -- A Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court judge has approved a $50-million class-action settlement for former residential school students in the...

9/26/2016

article Heritage status for cemetery at old Regina Indian Industrial School on council's agenda
(Saskatchewan) -- Two years after Regina officials recommended that the site of an abandoned cemetery need only be kept neat and tidy, city council is poised to go...

9/25/2016

article Ontario lawyers facing law society complaint over handling of St. Anne’s residential school case: court document
(Canada) -- A survivor from the notorious St. Anne’s Indian Residential School has asked the Law Society of Upper Canada to investigate the handling of his...

9/19/2016

article Reconciliation and the royals: William and Kate to view Witness Blanket
(Canada) -- The royal visit to British Columbia and Yukon will include lessons on reconciliation, a Victoria artist hopes. Kwagiulth artist Carey Newman will show the...

9/18/2016

article Dying for an Education: The story that inspired Gord Downie's latest project
(Canada) -- Tragically Hip lead singer Gord Downie is helping to bring national attention to one of the most haunting legacies of the residential school system —...

9/14/2016

article Old residential school to be torn down in Île-à-la-Crosse
(Saskatchewan) -- An old residential school in Île-à-la-Crosse, Sask., where thousands of Métis children were abused and neglected from the 1880s to the mid 1970s, is...

9/13/2016

article A Mural Honors the Ruins of an American Indian Boarding School
(Oklahoma) -- Overgrown grass creeps up around the decayed remains of the Concho Indian Boarding School, its faded yellow walls pocked with gaping doorways and boarded...

9/12/2016

article UBC centre to honour residential school survivors breaks ground
(British Columbia) -- Cindy Tom-Lindley says her grandmother had all her children taken to residential schools and the family had no choice but to comply with the...

9/11/2016

article One Hiroshima Over Two Peoples
(India) -- Manifest Destiny: America’s national policy, c. 1840, which was guided by the belief that the right to acquire territorial sovereignty, ocean to ocean was...

9/9/2016

article New Gord Downie work devoted to First Nations boy who died running away from residential school
(Thunder Bay) -- A 12-year-old Ojibway boy who died from hunger and exposure after trying to find his way home from a residential school is the inspiration behind a new...

9/8/2016

article Ottawa says Ontario judge’s ruling on botched rape case threatens ‘integrity’ of residential school settlement: court document
(Ottawa) -- The federal government says an Ontario judge’s ruling which eviscerated the handling of a residential school rape case threatens the multi-billion...

9/7/2016

article Regina considering heritage status for residential school cemetery
(Saskatchewan) -- The city of Regina may soon be taking steps to recognize a cemetery at the site of the old Regina Indian Industrial School. On Wednesday night, the...

8/20/2016

article Healing Through Art: Regalia Confronts Boarding School Fallout in Thunder Bay Exhibit
(Ontario) -- The idea came together, as all good ideas should, in the kitchen. “How it came about was around Leanna’s kitchen table,” recalled Celeste...

8/19/2016

article Former Indian school student remembers good, bad times
(Nebraska) -- Sid Byrd, a former student at Genoa Indian Industrial School, opened his talk Saturday at the annual school reunion with a story about his name.

8/10/2016

article 'Emotional' workshop on residential schools preps teachers for fall classes
(Canada) -- Two teachers with the Waterloo Region District School Board spent part of their summer holidays learning about Canada's residential school system. Andrea...

8/8/2016

article 'We need to laugh': Former students recall time at Whitehorse residential school
(North Canada) -- Many historic photos of the Whitehorse Baptist Mission School don't have names attached. But Sweeney Scurvey remembers his classmates. Upon seeing...

8/6/2016

article SPOOF: Reconciliation: Trudeau shares 30 seconds of intense eye contact with every First Nations person
(Ottawa) -- After nearly 150 years of colonialism and cultural genocide, Canada is mending fences by granting every First Nations person in the country 30 seconds of...

7/18/2016

article After 50-year search, Inuk mother finds daughter's grave 2,000 km from home
(Canada) -- The only photo of Marieyvonne Alaka hangs on the wall of her mother's home in Iqaluit. Her small face pokes out of her mother's amauti. The photo was...

7/15/2016

article Businesses have work to do on reconciliation: TRC chair
(North Canada) -- Some Northern businesses still have a ways to go when it comes to implementing the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

7/14/2016

article Seneca Nation sends delegation to Carlisle boarding school site
(Pennsylvania) -- Leaders and members from the Seneca Nation in New York visited the former Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, The Philadelphia Inquirer...

7/13/2016

article Indigenous, non-Indigenous youth sought for reconciliation initiative
(Saskatchewan) -- As Canada tries to heal from the deep wounds left by residential schools, a group is seeking young people interested in reconciliation between...

7/11/2016

article Horgan demands B.C. Liberal apology for insensitive residential school comments
(British Columbia) -- PREMIER Christy Clark must demand that Boundary-Similkameen MLA, Linda Larson, apologizes to First Nations people for her insensitive and offensive...

7/6/2016

article Jesuits hope to keep Truth and Reconciliation ball rolling
(Canada) -- Taking responsibility for a deeply painful history may be difficult, but it’s the Jesuit thing to do. On June 22 Canada’s Jesuits gathered in...

6/28/2016

article Indigenous kids were healthy before arrival at residential schools: study
(Saskatchewan) -- A study suggesting indigenous children from Saskatchewan and Manitoba were healthy when they were sent to residential schools undercuts government...

6/27/2016

article Hearings begin for Kenora, Ont., lawyer accused of misconduct on residential school files
(Ontario) -- The Law Society of Upper Canada begins hearings Monday in Kenora, Ont., looking into allegations that lawyer Doug Keshen transferred thousands of dollars...

6/26/2016

article ‘Good Indians, bad Indians’
(Canada) -- One year after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada released its summary report, describing the Indian Residential School system as a tool...

6/23/2016

article Joseph Boyden pens Heritage Minute to illustrate horrors of residential schools
(Toronto) -- It was an ongoing fascination with the story of Chanie Wenjack, and especially a photo of him, that prompted Joseph Boyden to write Canada's most recent...

6/22/2016

article Motorcycle run in Bensalem and prayer service in New Hope aim to answer plea of Sioux teens
(Pennsylvania) -- A plea from a group of Sioux teenagers to have their ancestors, who are buried at an Army barracks in Carlisle, transferred to their reservation in...

6/21/2016

article A Call for Truth and Reconciliation in the United States to Address Indian Boarding Schools
(California) -- In an effort to address the United States’ Indian Boarding School era, the Lakota People’s Law Project has launched a campaign to establish a...

6/20/2016

article Lack of records confounds school cemetery’s history
(Oklahoma) -- Thousands of American Indian children died at residential boarding schools. How many thousands may never be known, and even the location of one school...
article Telling the dark story of Canada's residential schools through ballet
(Manitoba) -- The story of Canada's residential school system and its traumatic consequences is one of the darkest and most troubling truths about our history, but...

6/19/2016

article How Blair Stonechild reclaimed his Indigenous spirituality
(Canada) -- When he was six years old, Blair Stonechild's parents dropped him off at residential school in Saskatchewan. While he was there in the late 1950's...

6/18/2016

article Ottawa seeks top court ruling on residential school records
(Ottawa) -- The federal government is asking the Supreme Court to overturn a decision that gives residential school survivors the ultimate say in what happens to their...

6/16/2016

article Métis teen Cyan-Raven Gielewska wins Aboriginal Arts & Stories award for play on residential schools
(Ontario) -- A 15-year-old Métis teen from Kitchener, Ont., has been honoured for her award-winning script about residential schools. Cyan-Raven Gielewska's play I...
article Word art installation spurs reconciliation conversation
(Manitoba) -- A new art installation is hoping to spur the discussion on reconciliation at the University of Winnipeg. Using only paper and black markers, the straight-...

6/15/2016

article Hundreds gather in Winnipeg for national reconciliation conference
(Winnipeg) -- Just over a year after the Truth and Reconciliation summary report was released, hundreds of people are gathering in Winnipeg for a conference to explore a...
article Murray Sinclair says painful episode of residential schools should be in history curriculum
(Montreal) -- The Algonquin elder walked to the head of the ballroom and held up a grainy photograph for the audience to see. David Decontie spoke about the boy in the...

6/14/2016

article Indian residential schools: Canada’s sad legacy
(Canada) -- Canada’s Indian residential schools are a legacy our country cannot be proud of. They were created to deal with the problem of what to do with the...
article Saskatoon elementary students make a film focusing on Canada's residential schools
(Saskatoon) -- "We took a swing at the moon on this one." That's how Grade 7 teacher Chris Weiman from Saskatoon's St. Augustine School describes his...

6/13/2016

article OP/ED: TRC's own report contradicts claim of 'an act of genocide'
(Canada) -- Far too many aboriginal children were separated from their parents, physically and/or sexually abused, forbidden to speak their native language, poorly fed...

6/8/2016

article 48% of non-Aboriginal Canadians blame residential schools for current problems aboriginal people face
(Canada) -- A new national survey found 48 per cent of non-Aboriginal Canadians see the residential school system as at least partly responsible for the current...
article Survey finds few Canadians feel government should pay to try to heal residential school wounds
(Canada) -- A new national survey found three-quarters of non-Aboriginal Canadians believe the residential school system harmed Aboriginal people, yet just 5% believe...

6/7/2016

article Ceremony will mark end of residential school survivor testimony
(Manitoba) -- The room where many Indigenous residential school survivors shared their stories for the first time will close with a ceremony on Tuesday. "The...
article Murray Sinclair wins humanitarian award from Canadian Psychological Association
(Manitoba) -- Senator Murray Sinclair is being recognized for his humanitarian work with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. On Tuesday, the Canadian Psychological...

6/2/2016

article 1 year after Truth and Reconciliation report: 'Not seeing change yet'
(Canada) -- Independent Senator Murray Sinclair has largely remained silent since the Trudeau government appointed him to the Red Chamber last March, but in an interview...
article Comedian Dallas Goldtooth says reconciliation needs humour
(Alberta) -- Comedian and environmentalist Dallas Goldtooth sees reconciliation and healing through laughter and humour, and that will be his keynote message at the REDx...
article REDx talk uses laughter to help heal residential schools wounds
(Alberta) -- The topic of truth and reconciliation is no laughing matter. But humour can be used to heal. That's the message comedian Dallas Goldtooth imparted on...
article Winnipeggers reflect on what's changed 1 year after Truth and Reconciliation report
(Manitoba) -- One year after the Truth and Reconciliation summary report was released, many people are reflecting on what has changed, and what hasn't. CBC hit the...

5/31/2016

article Ontario needs to take action after apology for residential school abuse: critic
(Ontario) -- An apology from the Ontario government to Indigenous people for years of abuse in residential schools is welcome but not enough, says CBC Radio Metro...
article US Army Returns Children's Remains From First Indian Boarding School To Tribes
(Pennsylvania) -- After more than a century, the Army is sending home the remains of children buried at one of the first federally-run Indian boarding schools.

5/30/2016

article Kathleen Wynne officially apologizes to Indigenous communities for 'generations of abuse'
(Ontario) -- Premier Kathleen Wynne officially apologizes to Ontario's Indigenous communities for the decades of mistreatment and harm of First Nations, Metis and...
article Wynne apologizes to indigenous peoples ‘for the abuses of the past’
(Ontario) -- Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne offered a formal apology “for the abuses of the past” to indigenous peoples as part of the province’s...

5/29/2016

article Ontario to deliver official response on Truth and Reconciliation Commission report Monday
(Ontario) -- Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is set to deliver an official response by the province to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's final report...

5/26/2016

article Harvard students shocked by Canada's residential school history, says N.W.T. elder
(Northwest Territories) -- A former N.W.T. languages commissioner says students at Harvard University were shocked and overwhelmed to learn the history of Canada's...
article Vi Waln: Rosebud Sioux youth lead efforts to bring relatives home
(South Dakota) -- Kudos to the Sicangu Lakota Youth Council. For nearly a year, these young adults have worked passionately on an issue of great importance to us all....

5/24/2016

article Lakota Country Times: Army promises return of tribal children
(South Dakota) -- A consultation between several tribes and the Department of Defense resulted in a promise to financially support the disinterment of the remains of...

5/23/2016

article Harvard students shocked by Canada's residential school history, says N.W.T. elder
(Massachusetts) -- A former N.W.T. languages commissioner says students at Harvard University were shocked and overwhelmed to learn the history of Canada's...

5/22/2016

article Nevada Indian Commission aims to preserve Stewart Indian School
(Nevada) -- The Nevada Indian Commission is seeking to preserve the campus of a historic boarding school once used to assimilate Native American children. KOLO-TV in...

5/20/2016

article Residential school survivor calls for review of settlement agreement
(Ontario) -- As Canada's Residential Schools Settlement Agreement draws to a close, some survivors are calling for a review. A review is needed in order to identify...

5/15/2016

article Ottawa agrees to pay survivors of Newfoundland residential schools
(Ottawa) -- After a decade-long legal battle over whether indigenous people who suffered physical and sexual abuse at residential schools in Newfoundland and Labrador...

5/11/2016

article Residential schools settlement agreement needs review, says Dene National Chief
(North Canada) -- Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus says that there are "mistakes" in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, and is calling for it...

5/10/2016

article Residential school survivor blames denial of compensation on document secrecy
(Canada) -- The survivor, who was sexually abused as a child at St. Anne's residential school in Fort Albany, Ont., wants the court to find out why the federal...
article Residential school survivor gets new hearing after denial of compensation
(Toronto) -- A survivor of a notorious Indian residential school who became suicidal after his compensation claim was turned down will ask a court Wednesday to give him...
article N.L. residential school survivors' lawyers reach $50M settlement with Ottawa
(Ottawa) -- A $50-million settlement has been reached for hundreds of residential school survivors in Newfoundland and Labrador who have been involved in a lengthy class...

5/9/2016

article First Nations leaders want to rethink residential schools agreement
(Canada) -- The Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement is nearing its end after paying out billions in compensation, but indigenous leaders say there are so...

5/7/2016

article Robert-Falcon Ouellette to introduce bill for national residential school memorial day
(Manitoba) -- Federal member of Parliament Robert-Falcon Ouellette is expected to introduce his first private member's bill to Parliament next week.
article Poetry as witness: Rosanna Deerchild shares her mother's residential school story
(Canada) -- For most of my life, my mother was a stranger to me. When I was a wee Deerchild, she showed little physical affection, was quick to anger and suffered from...

5/3/2016

article Murray Sinclair on tragedy, respect and the lessons of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
(Manitoba) -- The first Aboriginal judge ever appointed in Manitoba, Murray Sinclair served as chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Shelagh Rogers was an...
article Update on N.L. residential school case expected soon
(Canada) -- A member of the Nunatsiavut government says the status of the Newfoundland and Labrador residential school class action lawsut will be updated early next...

5/2/2016

article Indigenous Affairs Minister says it’s up to Catholic Church to put things right
(Canada) -- Canada’s Indigenous Affairs Minister says she believes Catholics across Canada are ashamed to learn their church negotiated its way out of an...
article The Enright Files on Reconciliation, Redress & Restitution for Canada's First Nations
(Canada) -- The legacy of colonization, dispossession and residential schools remain all too palpable for many of Canada's First Nations. On this edition of The...

5/1/2016

article VIDEO - Scoop survivors looking for recognition from federal government
(Canada) -- Survivors from what is commonly called the 60’s scoop were on Parliament Hill Friday hoping to get recognition from the federal government on the...
article Army open to returning remains of Rosebud Sioux
(Pennsylvania) -- The children died far from their families, stricken by tuberculosis, flu, and loneliness, buried on the grounds of what was then the Carlisle Indian...

4/29/2016

article Poet writes book on effects of residential schools
(Alberta) -- Louise Bernice Halfe is an award-winning poet. In her latest book she writes about her early life and how her family was affected by residential schools.

4/21/2016

article Ottawa freed Catholic groups from residential-school obligation to ensure other promises met, draft reveals
(Ottawa) -- The Canadian government released Catholic groups from an obligation to try to raise $25-million for aboriginal healing so that it could hold the groups to...
article Residential school survivor turned NDP MP tables bill on Indigenous rights
(Canada) -- A residential school survivor turned New Democrat MP tabled a bill Thursday calling on Canada to respect the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of...

4/20/2016

article Liberal government killed appeal of residential-school settlement ruling
(Ottawa) -- The Canadian government abandoned an appeal of a controversial court ruling that let the Catholic Church out of its responsibility to raise millions of...

4/19/2016

article N.W.T. aboriginal leaders angry after Catholic groups released from raising money
(North Canada) -- Northern aboriginal leaders say they are furious that a court ruling let Catholic groups off the hook from fundraising tens of millions of dollars for...

4/18/2016

article Ottawa called out on residential-school settlement shortfall
(Ottawa) -- The federal government must pick up the tab for more than $20-million in compensation to survivors of Indian residential schools after its lawyer allowed the...
article BOOK: Joan Crate on breaking the silence around residential schools
(Canada) -- In Joan Crate's new novel, Black Apple, she tells the story of a young Blackfoot girl who goes to a Catholic residential school in Alberta. The school is...

4/17/2016

article The Next Page: 'The last Indian war' waged at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School
(Pennsylvania) -- Ernest, Son of White Thunder. Lucy Prettyeagle. Fanny Charging Shield. Abe Lincoln, Son of Antelope.They are the names of children, inscribed on stones...

4/16/2016

article New play addresses the ongoing trauma of residential schools
(Canada) -- Although the new play Reckoning would be timely at any moment, I am overwhelmed by the realization of its particular poignancy now.

4/12/2016

article Residential School Survivor: Respected elder Elsie Basque dies at 99
(Nova Scotia) -- One of Canada’s oldest residential school survivors died Monday. Respected Mi’kmaw elder Elsie Basque would have turned 100 on May 12. The...

4/10/2016

article Residential school survivor uses poetry, psychotherapy to heal
(Saskatoon) -- A poet and residential school survivor is releasing her latest collections of poems on Thursday, and she says they have been instrumental as part of her...

4/9/2016

article Truth and Reconciliation Commission honoured with Calgary Peace Prize
(Alberta) -- Three individuals who led the charge in learning and documenting the truth about Canada's residential schools will be honoured with the 2016 Calgary...

4/8/2016

article Healing and Justice: Native American Boarding School Coalition Starts Carlisle Repatriation Petition for Tribes
(Colorado) -- The Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) recently started an online petition on behalf of the Northern Arapaho and the Rosebud Sioux...
article Residential school doc tells story of how early whistleblower was ignored
(British Columbia) -- In 1907, Peter Bryce wrote a report documenting the inhuman and unsanitary conditions of residential schools. On Friday, a short documentary was...

4/7/2016

article Truth and Reconciliation Commission honoured with Calgary Peace Prize
(Calgary) -- Three individuals who led the charge in learning and documenting the truth about Canada's residential schools will be honoured with the 2016 Calgary...

4/5/2016

article Nuncio says pope considering First Nations invitation to visit Canada
(Canada) -- The apostolic nuncio to Canada said Pope Francis is considering an invitation for a visit, during which many Canadians hope he would apologize for the...

4/4/2016

article Stories of residential school abuse can be shredded after 15 years, court says
(Ontario) -- Survivors of Canada's notorious residential school system have the right to see their stories archived if they wish, but their accounts must otherwise...
article Court ruling gives residential school survivors control over abuse testimony
(Ontario) -- Canada’s residential-school survivors have been given control over a massive trove of historically important documents on abuse, after the Ontario...

4/1/2016

article Truth and reconciliation anthology launches in Edmonton
(Alberta) -- A collection of stories about Canada's colonial past to be launched Wednesday night was inspired by testimony at the Truth and Reconciliation hearings...
article Majority of indigenous Canadians remain Christians despite residential schools
(Canada) -- One of the 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into residential schools included the church's reconciliation with Canada's...

3/28/2016

article Smudge ceremony honours children in cemetery by old Regina Indian Industrial School
(Saskatchewan) -- A sacred smudge ceremony took place Saturday at the site of a cemetery near the old Regina Indian Industrial School. It's believed there may be as...

3/26/2016

article Winnipeg churches acknowledge role in residential schools with Good Friday walk
(Manitoba) -- Parishioners from two Winnipeg churches are acknowledging past wrongs with a pilgrimage to the former site of a residential school in the city on Good...

3/25/2016

article United Church members walk to former Winnipeg residential school on Good Friday
(Manitoba) -- Congregations from two United churches in Winnipeg made a Good Friday pilgrimage to the site of a former residential school in the neighbourhood, in a bid...

3/24/2016

article Winnipeg churches acknowledge role in residential schools with Good Friday walk
(Winnipeg) -- Parishioners from two Winnipeg churches are acknowledging past wrongs with a pilgrimage to the former site of a residential school in the city on Good...

3/20/2016

article Bring him home: Woman seeks relative's remains from Indian boarding school
(Wyoming) -- The headstone sits 1,633 miles from home, arranged in a neat row beside those of the other children. It’s smooth and white, the same type of military...

3/16/2016

article Talks back on to reach out-of-court settlement for N.L. residential schools
(Canada) -- Negotiations have resumed to reach an out-of-court settlement for former residential school students in this province.

3/12/2016

article Edmonton artist talks about her award-winning painting of reconciliation
(Alberta) -- A young artist in Edmonton recently was one of the Top 10 winners for the Imagine a Canada contest for her painting of reconciliation.

3/9/2016

article Royal Winnipeg Ballet explores residential school legacy in Vancouver production
(British Columbia) -- An acclaimed classic ballet exploring the legacy of the residential school system is coming to Vancouver next month. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet'...

3/3/2016

article IAP Chief Adjudicator accused of failing to enforce Residential Schools Settlement
(Manitoba) -- Winnipeg based law firm, REO Law Corporation, filed a court application late last month arguing the Chief Adjudicator of the Independent Assessment Process...

3/2/2016

article Residential school survivors share their story of healing
(Ontario) -- The more people you talk to in Six Nations of the Grand River, the more deeply you feel the legacy of the Mohawk Institute. It was an Indian Residential...

3/1/2016

article Sask. teen wins national Truth and Reconciliation contest
(Saskatchewan) -- When Christopher Sanford Beck was asked to imagine a future where Canadian society had reconciled with indigenous people, he got straight to work....

2/25/2016

article Committee rejects call to investigate discarded residential-school compensation claims
(Ottawa) -- The head of the committee established to oversee the process for compensating people who were abused at Canada’s Indian residential schools has...

2/24/2016

article Truth and Reconciliation chair Murray Sinclair in Regina
(Saskatchewan) -- Justice Murray Sinclair, the chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which examined Canada's Indian Residential Schools, was the featured...

2/23/2016

article LETTER: Another side of the residential school narrative
(Vancouver) -- I received many insightful responses to The Vancouver Sun article on the rising number of Canadian aboriginals entering the Christian clergy, including...

2/20/2016

article Residential school photo project gets new life with National Geographic
(Saskatchewan) -- An American photo project that captures images of Saskatchewan’s residential school survivors is getting new life. The “Signs of Your...

2/10/2016

article University of Saskatchewan partners with National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
(Saskatoon) -- The University of Saskatchewan has partnered with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to provide students, faculty, and the public with...

2/8/2016

article Rosebud Sioux Tribe Pursues Carlisle Repatriation
(South Dakota) -- The Rosebud Sioux Tribe has been gathering information about how to repatriate the remains of at least 10 Lakota students who died at Carlisle in the...

2/5/2016

article Indigenous affairs minister to look into rejected residential school cases
(Ottawa) -- Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett says her department will look into the cases of about 1,000 residential school students who have been...
article Rejected residential school compensation cases in North to be reviewed, says lawyer
(Canada) -- The federal government's announcement that it will look into rejected residential school cases is giving hope to some people in the North.
article Manitoba liberal leader denies she mishandled residential school survivor claims
(Manitoba) -- The head of the provincial Liberal party in Manitoba is denying any involvement in mishandling compensation claims of residential school survivors.
article Indigenous artist uses birch bark biting to heal after residential school, cancer
(Saskatchewan) -- June McCallum-Gareau says when she sits down to make traditional art it's therapeutic. The residential school survivor and cancer survivor is...

2/4/2016

article Residential school survivor 'elated' by settlement talks
(Newfoundland) -- A woman from Nain—one of 1,200 former residential school students from this province suing for damages—says she's elated by a decision...

2/2/2016

article Indian residential schools: 5,300 alleged abusers located by Ottawa
(Ottawa) -- Investigators hired by the federal government have located thousands of people accused of physically and sexually abusing students at Canada's Indian...
article Ottawa to start settlement talks with survivors of Newfoundland residential schools
(Ottawa) -- The federal government appears ready to resolve a nine-year legal battle with former students of aboriginal residential schools in Newfoundland-Labrador...
article Winnipeg ballet Going Home Star puts Truth and Reconciliation in motion
(Manitoba) -- What does “reconciliation” actually look like? While the idea of a regenerative rapprochement between a government and its victims may be easy...

2/1/2016

article Lawsuit over N.L. residential schools paused as Ottawa seeks settlement
(Newfoundland) -- The federal government is attempting to settle a lawsuit from more than 1,200 Metis, Inuit and Innu plaintiffs seeking an apology and damages for abuse...

1/29/2016

article N.W.T. day school students need federal recognition, says Dene national chief
(Northwest Territories) -- The Dene Nation says many day school students are being left out of the reconciliation process. Students who went to residential schools only...
article Going Home Star conveys bitter residential school experience through ballet
(Ottawa) -- At first, Joseph Boyden couldn't wrap his head around it. When the award-winning author was first approached to write the story for the Royal Winnipeg...

1/19/2016

article More than 1 in 5 off-reserve aboriginal adults have contemplated suicide, StatsCan says
(Manitoba) -- More than one in five aboriginal adults living off-reserve say they've contemplated suicide at some point in their lives, Statistics Canada reported...
article Residential school experience linked with suicidal thoughts: StatsCan
(Manitoba) -- A new study from Statistics Canada finds that more than one in five First Nations living off reserve, Métis and Inuit adults report having suicidal...

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