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2/9/2018

article Supreme Court to examine process for deciding residential school compensation
(Ottawa) -- The Supreme Court of Canada will look at the process used to determine compensation for former residential school students. The high court has agreed to hear...

2/5/2018

article Tim Giago: Boarding school trauma still haunts Indian Country
(Indian Country) -- What has been the long-term impact of the Indian boarding school experiment? In South Dakota there was Marty Indian School, St. Stephan’s, St....

2/2/2018

article 'Canadians would be shocked': Survivors, lawyers describe treatment at Nanaimo Indian Hospital
(British Columbia) -- Sharon Whonnock's first childhood memory is being transferred from her home in northern Vancouver Island to Nanaimo Indian Hospital in the...

1/25/2018

article Court decision quashes hopes for Northerners to reopen rejected residential school claims, lawyer says
(British Columbia) -- It was a victory for Canada but a loss for some of his Northern clients, says lawyer Steven Cooper about last week's B.C Supreme Court decision...

1/23/2018

article Kivalliq Hall not an eligible residential school, Canada argues
(Nunavut) -- The federal government is appealing a decision by Nunavut Justice Bonnie Tulloch, who in December 2016 ruled that Rankin Inlet’s Kivalliq Hall student...

1/20/2018

article Tomson Highway's account of residential school 'not the whole story,' says brother
(Manitoba) -- Daniel Highway says his brother Tomson's words about the "benefits" of Indian Residential Schools are being "cherry picked" by...

1/19/2018

article New abuse evidence not enough to reopen rejected Indian residential school claims, says court
(Ottawa) -- A British Columbia Supreme Court justice ruled Wednesday that new evidence of abuse was not enough to reopen rejected Indian residential school compensation...
article Judge says lawyer 'slandered court' for suggesting it favoured Canada on St. Anne's case
(Ontario) -- An Ontario judge responsible for supervising the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement says a lawyer representing survivors from St. Anne's...

1/17/2018

article New abuse evidence not enough to reopen rejected Indian residential school claims, says court
(British Columbia) -- A British Columbia Supreme Court justice ruled Wednesday that new evidence of abuse was not enough to reopen rejected Indian residential school...
article Ontario judge rules Fort William sanatorium not a residential school
(Ontario) -- The family of an 84-year-old Indigenous woman who tried to get a former sanatorium in what is now Thunder Bay, Ont., designated as a residential school says...

1/16/2018

article Judge says lawyer 'slandered court' for suggesting it favoured Canada on St. Anne's case
(Ontario) -- An Ontario judge responsible for supervising the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement says a lawyer representing survivors from St. Anne's...

1/15/2018

article St. Anne's residential school survivors want mediation, say Ottawa keeps fighting claims
(Ottawa) -- Survivors from an Indian residential school that used a homemade electric chair for punishment want the federal government to enter into mediation to settle...

1/12/2018

article Residential school survivor slams ‘disconcerting and cowardly‘ letters posted to Lynn Beyak‘s website
(Ottawa) -- One of the first residential school survivors to speak publicly about sexual and physical abuse in Canada‘s residential schools accused Sen. Lynn Beyak...

1/11/2018

article NAN, Grand Council Treaty 3 seek support for petition calling on Sen. Lynn Beyak to resign
(Ontario) -- Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Grand Council Treaty 3 Chief Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh are calling on organizations and residents in...
article Residential school survivor slams 'disconcerting and cowardly' letters posted to Lynn Beyak's website
(Northwest Territories) -- One of the first residential school survivors to speak publicly about sexual and physical abuse in Canada's residential schools accused...
article Sen. Lynn Beyak's views might be 'typical' but that doesn't make them right
(Alberta) -- It's sad to note that newly independent Senator Lynn Beyak is pretty much your typical Canadian. She comes off as well-intentioned and hard-working...

1/10/2018

article Beyak engaged in form of ‘genocide denial’ over residential school comments: advocate
(Ontario) -- The former head of the Canadian Jewish Congress says a Canadian senator must be condemned for her controversial comments about Indian residential schools.
article Indian hospital that employed teachers not a residential school – judge
(Ontario) -- An Ontario judge has rejected a request to have the Fort William Indian Hospital Sanatorium added to the list of recognized residential schools.

1/6/2018

article MORON ALERT: Sen. Lynn Beyak kicked out of Conservative caucus after refusing to remove 'racist' comments online
(Ottawa) -- Sen. Lynn Beyak, known for defending residential schools as "well-intentioned," has been kicked out of the Conservative caucus after she refused to...
article Sask. senator says Canadians need to speak out against 'racist, hurtful' comments on Sen. Lynn Beyak's website
(Saskatchewan) -- A Saskatchewan senator says all Canadians need to speak out against racism in light of comments posted on the website of Sen. Lynn Beyak, who was...
article SON OF A MORON: Sen. Lynn Beyak's son, a city councillor, says Conservative leadership cowed by political correctness
(Ontario) -- Conservative leader Andrew Scheer will pay the price at the ballot box for banishing Sen. Lynn Beyak from the Conservative caucus, according to Nick Beyak,...

1/5/2018

article Residential school survivor says he told Andrew Scheer about Lynn Beyak's letters months ago
(Canada) -- A residential school survivor and Order of Canada recipient says he warned Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer months ago about the controversial letters on...

12/27/2017

article MORON ALERT: B.C lawyer facing residential school discipline now signing up 60s Scoop survivors
(British Columbia) -- A lawyer facing a disciplinary hearing for his work with residential school survivors is actively signing up ‘60s Scoop adoptees, APTN News...

12/26/2017

article Canada’s Aboriginal Children: “The Little Matter of Genocide”
(Canada) -- One of the most meaningful Christmas stories that I have ever read came from my friend from Vancouver, Canada, Reverend Kevin Annett. His story is titled...

12/13/2017

article 'Right in their own backyard': New Google Earth project maps Canada's residential schools
(Manitoba) -- A new learning tool is moving beyond the textbook to show Canadians the impact of residential schools. The Google Earth Voyager residential school story...

12/2/2017

article 'In the Spirit of Reconciliation': new film explores role of Catholic Church in healing
(British Columbia) -- Father Larry Lynn, a Vancouver-based priest and filmmaker, captures residual tension between residential school survivors and the Catholic Church...
article Ottawa initially fought St. Anne's residential school electric chair compensation claims
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa's lawyers initially fought claims from survivors seeking compensation for suffering caused by a homemade electric chair used for punishment and...

11/29/2017

article St. Anne's Indian Residential School cases in Ottawa's legal crosshairs, says lawyer
(Ottawa) -- Angela Shisheesh begins to weep as she talks about her deceased brother who never received compensation for the abuse he suffered while in St. Anne's...

11/27/2017

article Apology to Labrador residential school survivors must be followed by resources, say Inuit
(Labrador) -- The apology Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered to residential school survivors in Newfoundland and Labrador last week must be backed up with resources...
article Residential school survivor who was brutally attacked has died
(Saskatoon) -- Marlene Bird has died in hospital in Prince Albert, Sask., her family confirms. Bird's name became known nationally in June 2014 following a vicious...

11/24/2017

article Trudeau Apologizes To Residential School Students In Newfoundland And Labrador
(Quebec) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has "humbly" apologized for abuse and cultural losses at residential schools in Newfoundland and Labrador, saying the...

11/23/2017

article When sorry isn't enough
(Canada) -- Toby Obed has fought for a decade to get to this moment — a formal apology from the prime minister for what residential school survivors in...
article Trudeau’s Residential School Apology Offered to a Community Still Reeling
(Labrador) -- Hundreds are gathering in Happy Valley-Goose Bay this morning where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will offer a formal apology to residential school...

10/23/2017

article Lawyers accused of ‘greed’ in taking fees from residential-school survivors
(Canada) -- A Saskatchewan lawyer says the law society in his province is turning a blind eye to lawyers who were given thousands of dollars in fees from people abused...

10/22/2017

article Survivors wait for next steps in effort to preserve 'horror stories' of residential schools
(Canada) -- Residential school survivors say they are waiting for answers about how records of their experiences will be preserved in the wake of a recent Supreme Court...

10/18/2017

article Residential school survivors can proactively preserve documents: Bennett
(Ottawa) -- Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says there is a proactive effort underway to tell residential school survivors that their records can...
article Thunder Bay city council unanimously 'denounces' Senator Lynn Beyak's comments
(Ontario) -- It took nearly one and a half hours, created lots of confusion, and even some heated comments, but city councillors in Thunder Bay unanimously agreed to...

10/16/2017

article Indian tribes to meet on retrieving more children's remains from Carlisle
(Pennsylvania) -- Representatives from as many as 59 American Indian tribes will meet next month in Minnesota to discuss the next steps in the repatriation of children...

10/15/2017

article Boarding School Healing Coalition to Host Tribal Roundtable on Carlisle Repatriation
(Minnesota) -- The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition will be facilitating a Tribal Roundtable Discussion for Carlisle Repatriations on November...

10/10/2017

article 'Truth-telling helped us, and it's helping Canada,' says residential school survivor
(Saskatoon) -- Amanda Adrian knew there was something wrong with her dad, Ted Quewezance. For years, she and four sisters didn't know what was causing the drinking,...
article OP/ED: Destroying personal accounts of residential schools would just compound the tragedy
(Canada) -- History books relay facts. Personal accounts tell stories. So it was with a mix of sadness and disappointment that I read the Supreme Court of Canada's...

10/8/2017

article Indigenous peoples can decide fate of residential-school settlement records, Supreme Court rules
(Canada) -- Survivors of Canada's residential schools for Indigenous people can destroy records of their "monstrous" abuse if they wish, because that is...

10/6/2017

article Court order to destroy residential school accounts 'a win for abusers': NCTR director
(Canada) -- The upcoming destruction of survivor accounts of abuse from Canada's residential schools will be a loss for survivors, says the director of the National...
article Indigenous residential school records can be destroyed, Supreme Court rules
(Canada) -- The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that thousands of sensitive records pertaining to abuses at Indigenous residential schools are confidential and should...
article Sask. lawyer at centre of massive effort to contact 37,000 residential school survivors after court ruling
(Saskatchewan) -- A Saskatoon lawyer will be at the centre of a massive effort to ask 37,000 residential school survivors if they want their records preserved.

10/5/2017

article EXCLUSIVE: Let me tell you about inter-generational trauma.
(Canada) -- My grandmother was placed in residential school at the age of 6. For the 10 years she lived there, she would be given a number instead of a name, and be...

9/29/2017

article Survivor recalls 'traumatizing' first day of residential school
(Winnipeg) -- As schools across the country prepare for Orange Shirt Day, teachers are left trying to figure out how to teach the painful legacy of residential schools...

9/28/2017

article Orange Shirt Day helps schools teach residential school history
(British Columbia) -- More B.C. schools are observing Orange Shirt Day as a way to teach students about the history of Indian residential schools, and the event is also...

9/27/2017

article 'Still lost': Mi'kmaq teacher sees long reach of residential schools
(New Brunswick) -- When Rebecca LaBillois was a child on the Ugpi'Ganjig First Nation, her mother, Margaret LaBillois, gathered broadleaf plantain — a common...

9/26/2017

article Preserve Indigenous residential schools as sites of conscience, MPs urged
(Canada) -- To Ry Moran, Canada's residential schools are places that must be marked and acknowledged, even if they represent a dark and difficult chapter of this...

9/24/2017

article Residential school runaway remembers harrowing journey that killed his two friends
(Canada) -- When the highway connecting Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk year-round finally opens in November, Bernard Andreason hopes to be there. But it will be a celebration...

9/22/2017

article 'Our people were experimented on': Indigenous sanatorium survivors recall medical tests
(Manitoba) -- Florence Genaille was just a little girl in a Brandon, Man., sanatorium when she says doctors bound her to a gurney, pumped her body with electric currents...

9/13/2017

article Residential school survivors share paintings, stories at the Canadian Museum of History
(Quebec) -- Jeff Cook spent 13 years of his childhood at the Alberni Indian Residential School on Vancouver Island. He says he doesn't share much about the time he...

9/2/2017

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

8/29/2017

article The long Liberal road to Indigenous reconciliation: Tim Harper
(Ottawa) -- It was June 2015, and Justin Trudeau, then leader of the third party and struggling in the polls, made what was seen by many at the time as a rather...

8/21/2017

article Teachers lack confidence to talk about residential schools, study says
(Ontario) -- A study suggests that while teachers may want to instruct about residential schools and include Indigenous culture in their classrooms, they don't feel...

8/11/2017

article Former boarding school honors American Indian students
(Nebraska) -- In this rural Nebraska community, a long history of bad times — along with some good — is on display. The history focuses on the former Genoa...

8/8/2017

article Team made up of residential school survivors recognized by Hockey Hall of Fame
(Manitoba) -- A special collection of artifacts from a northern Manitoba hockey team made up of residential school survivors is headed to the Hockey Hall of Fame Museum...

8/2/2017

article Gwich'in woman publishing guide to reconciliation for non-Indigenous Canadians
(Canada) -- A Gwich'in woman from Inuvik plans to publish a guide to help non-Indigenous Canadians start along the path of reconciliation. Crystal Fraser says the...

7/31/2017

article 'We all have a role': Jesuits, First Nations paddle towards reconciliation
(Sudbury) -- A group of over 30 Jesuits, Indigenous and lay people are taking the first strokes towards a new relationship. They have embarked on a month-long canoe...

7/30/2017

article Yukon First Nation learns to deal with more than hazardous waste in residential school clean up
(Yukon) -- A community in the Yukon is learning to deal with hazardous waste left over from a residential school. Members of the Carcross Tagish First Nation are...

7/29/2017

article 12 Images From Seneca Indian Boarding School
(Oklahoma) -- Construction on Seneca Indian Boarding School, in Wyandotte, Oklahoma, began in 1871, and classes began in 1872, according to the Oklahoma Historical...

7/28/2017

article 'This is what reconciliation looks like': Northern First Nations regain control of child welfare services
(Manitoba) -- First Nations in northern Manitoba have regained control over child welfare services in their communities. After 2½ years of meetings, Manitoba...

7/24/2017

article 'An apology after death is no apology at all,' says lawyer for N.L. residential school survivors
(Canada) -- A federal government apology to Newfoundland and Labrador residential school survivors is long overdue, according to a lawyer who represented almost a...

7/19/2017

article Senator Lynn Beyak meets with Sioux Lookout reconciliation committee
(Ontario) -- The Mayor's Committee for Truth and Reconciliation in Sioux Lookout, Ont., met with Senator Lynn Beyak earlier this month after the group extended her...
article Residential school survivor now coaching at Indigenous Games
(Toronto) -- He is 70 years old and a residential school survivor. Alex Nelson has had a long, difficult and winding journey over the years. But this week he's never...

7/16/2017

article Committee mulls Edmonton monument to memorialize residential school victims
(Alberta) -- City officials are planning to commemorate residential school survivors and those who died with an artistic monument in Edmonton. “It’s not as...
article Do You Have Information About Relatives Who Attended Boarding Schools?
(USA) -- Native leaders are putting out a call to everyone in Indian country, they’re requesting information about children who never returned home and were never...

7/9/2017

article OP/ED: John A. Macdonald was the real architect of residential schools
(Quebec) -- On June 21, National Aboriginal Day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the federal government will change the name of Langevin Block, the building...

7/5/2017

article 'This is a beginning' London summer camp takes a step toward reconciliation
(Ontario) -- A London summer camp is taking a step toward reconciliation by hosting children from Indigenous communities across Southwestern Ontario. More than half of...

7/4/2017

article Residential school legacy not 'whole story': Global experts warn of gaps in Canada's reconciliation efforts
(Edmonton) -- Delegates participating in the Nelson Mandela Dialogues in Edmonton are warning that historical atrocities against Indigenous Canadians must be fully...

6/25/2017

article 'We're all tied up in it:' Dance-opera Bearing aims to show we are all residential schools survivors
(Ontario) -- "We are all residential school survivors," according to Plains Cree performer Michael Greyeyes — a provocative statement that served as the...

6/23/2017

article Sir Hector-Louis Langevin, “Architect” of Residential Schools?
(Saskatchewan) -- On June 21, 2017, National Aboriginal Day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that his government would be changing the name of the day to...

6/22/2017

article Researcher calls for public inquiry into medical experimentation on students not compensated in settlement agreement
(Canada) -- After he published his research in 2013 exposing medical experimentation on students at residential schools involving withholding of certain foods, the...

6/21/2017

article First Nations students explore residential school history in film
(British Columbia) -- A group of Grade 11 students from Lil'Wat First Nation in B.C. are exploring the experiences of residential school survivors — some of...

6/20/2017

article Manitoba Mé​tis honour their own residential, day school survivors
(Manitoba) -- A garden of red paper hearts was planted outside the Manitoba Mé​tis Federation Tuesday to remind Winnipeggers of the suffering Mé​tis residential and day-...

6/19/2017

article Sask. First Nations skateboard designer collaborates with artist Kent Monkman on new series
(Saskatchewan) -- Micheal Langan has made a business out of educating people about colonialism in Canada. Recently, the founder of Colonialism Skateboards, based in...

6/16/2017

article 12 Images From Carlisle Indian Industrial School
(Pennsylvania) -- With the digitization of Carlisle Indian Industrial School information thanks to Dickinson College of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, a treasure trove of...
article Former Native Boarding School Celebrates Annual Father’s Day Pow Wow
(Nevada) -- The Stewart Indian School is embracing its ‘living legacy’ with their Father’s Day Pow Wow which takes place this weekend June 16 through...

6/12/2017

article Why David Alexander Robertson wrote a children's book about residential schools
(Canada) -- Winnipeg author and graphic novelist David Alexander Robertson explores the relationship between a young girl and her grandmother in his children's book...

6/5/2017

article Honorary degree for man who chaired Truth and Reconciliation Commission
(Manitoba) -- The chief commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is receiving an honorary degree from the University of Calgary. Sen. Murray Sinclair, who...

5/30/2017

article Trudeau invites pope to Canada for apology to natives
(Vatican City) -- Reconciliation with indigenous people necessary for healing after 'residential school' horrors, Justin Trudeau says.
article Edmonton archbishop says Vatican should consider an apology for role in residential schools
(Edmonton) -- Edmonton's Catholic archbishop says he has spoken with Pope Francis about calls for the church to consider formally apologizing for its role in Canada...

5/29/2017

article Pope Francis seemed open to the idea of a residential school apology, Trudeau says
(Vatican City) -- Canadians are anxious to reconcile with Indigenous Peoples, Justin Trudeau described telling Pope Francis on Monday as he asked the pontiff to...
article Trudeau asks Pope for an apology over church's role in residential schools
(Vatican City) -- Justin Trudeau says he told Pope Francis it's important for all Canadians to move forward with reconciliation, and that the pontiff could help by...
article Destroy 'highly personal' residential school records, NTI says
(North Canada) -- Inuit are opposed to the federal government's position in the Supreme Court case which will decide whether to preserve or destroy "highly...
article Residential school survivors shouldn't have to beg Pope for apology, says survivor
(Saskatoon) -- The Pope shouldn't have to be asked to come to Canada and apologize for the harm inflicted by the residential school system, says one survivor. Prime...

5/26/2017

article Residential school survivors should decide fate of documents: FSIN
(Saskatchewan) -- The Supreme Court should not be deciding the fate of tens of thousands of residential school records, says Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations...

5/25/2017

article Fate of residential school records in hands of Supreme Court
(Saskatoon) -- Tom Roberts was prohibited from speaking his native Cree language at the Prince Albert Indian Residential School, but that wasn't the worst part....

5/24/2017

article 'I have to learn how to cry': Residential school survivor's experiences subject of documentary
(Saskatchewan) -- Noel Starblanket said he would bare his soul and recount his experiences in residential schools for a documentary, even if the emotion welling up...

5/20/2017

article Trudeau to ask Pope to apologize over residential schools
(Canada) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to ask Pope Francis to issue a formal apology for the role of the Catholic Church in the residential school system...
article Residential schools take centre stage in new musical production
(British Columbia) -- Support workers will be on hand to help audience members — if they need it — during the Vancouver run of the musical, Children of God,...
article Abused and told by the nuns that their culture was “evil”
(Ireland) -- Sometimes the story that you set out to tell is not the one that wants to be told. On a Friday morning in a house in Dublin, I sit down to speak with three...

5/19/2017

article Trudeau to ask Pope to apologize over residential schools
(Canada) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to ask Pope Francis to issue a formal apology for the role of the Catholic Church in the residential school system.

5/10/2017

article How Stanley Redcrow and First Nations activists reclaimed the Blue Quills Residential School
(Canada) -- For over 100 years, about 150,000 Indigenous children were taken from their homes and placed in boarding schools designed to assimilate them into Canadian...
article Survey finds common ground, but still 'so much to do' on path to reconciliation
(Ottawa) -- A new survey suggests many Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians share the same attitudes on the path forward to reconciliation. Nearly two years after the...

5/5/2017

article West Coast totem pole on busy Montreal street a reminder of Canada's residential schools
(Quebec) -- A new totem pole casts a shadow on a busy Montreal street, serving as a stark reminder of Canada's dark history of residential schools.

5/2/2017

article Student-on-student abuse in residential schools an 'unspoken truth,' says Senator Murray Sinclair
(Canada) -- The former chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls "student-on-student" abuse one untold story of Canada's residential school...

4/26/2017

article Canada vs. St. Anne’s Indian residential school survivor H-15019
(Ontario) -- One night the blind old man woke and told him to make space in the small hospital room because his brothers were coming. So H-15019 moved the bed,...

4/15/2017

article LETTER: Beyak entitled to contrarian view
(British Columbia) -- Senator Lynn Beyak was recently removed from the Senate committee on aboriginal peoples. I am disappointed by the Conservative Party’s...

4/14/2017

article OP/ED: Senator Beyak can complain about free speech all she wants. Fact is, she earned her demotion
(Ottawa) -- Senator Lynn Beyak, according to Senator Lynn Beyak, is being oppressed by the forces of censorship. Beyak released a statement last week — after she...

4/12/2017

article Canada vs. St. Anne’s Indian residential school survivor H-15019
(Ontario) -- One night the blind old man woke and told him to make space in the small hospital room because his brothers were coming. So H-15019 moved the bed,...

4/11/2017

article MAILHOT: Senator Lynn Beyak, Can We Have Your Grandchildren?
(British Columbia) -- Senator Lynn Beyak, a member of the Canadian senate committee on Aboriginal people, was criticized for saying there were some ‘good things...

4/10/2017

article Non-indigenous youth need to be included in reconciliation conversation
(British Columbia) -- A 17-metre high Haida-carved totem pole was raised at the University of British Columbia recently. Dubbed the pole of reconciliation, it honours...

4/9/2017

article Conservative senators defend Lynn Beyak, media called 'parasites'
(Ottawa) -- Some members of the Conservative Senate caucus are standing by colleague Lynn Beyak a day after she was removed from the Red Chamber's Aboriginal Peoples...

4/6/2017

article MORON ALERT: Conservative senators defend Lynn Beyak, as media called 'parasites'
(Ottawa) -- Some Conservative senators are standing by colleague Lynn Beyak a day after she was removed from the Senate's Aboriginal Peoples committee for defending...

4/5/2017

article Lynn Beyak removed from Senate's Aboriginal peoples committee
(Ottawa) -- Senator Lynn Beyak has been removed from the Senate's Aboriginal peoples committee, interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose told CBC News in an...
article Truth and reconciliation committee near Lynn Beyak's hometown plans to meet with her
(Thunder Bay) -- It's not too late for Senator Lynn Beyak to learn from reconciliation efforts in her own backyard, according to Lac Seul First Nation Chief Clifford...

4/3/2017

article Native Americans fight bill that would cut funding of Nevada’s historic Stewart school
(Nevada) -- Native Americans oppose a bill in the Nevada Legislature that would divert funds earmarked for the preservation of the historic Stewart Indian boarding...
article Windsor law professor calls on Senator Beyak to educate herself about residential schools
(Ontario) -- Valerie Waboose, an assistant law professor from the University of Windsor, is adding her voice to the growing chorus of Indigenous people calling on...

4/2/2017

article Haida master carver James Hart tells the story of Indian residential schools in reconciliation totem pole
(British Columbia) -- James Hart and his son, Gwaliga, have worked on many projects together, but the latest, a totem pole led by the Haida master carver, holds a...
article Pain to the page: Alberta residential school survivor chronicles his 'lifetime of hell'
(Alberta) -- When Arthur Bear Chief was a young boy in residential school, the night brought unspeakable horrors. "He comes into the dorm like a devil, like an evil...
article Reconciliation Pole at UBC nails the past to confront harsh reality of residential schools
(British Columbia) -- One of the most distinctive parts of Reconciliation Pole are the copper nails. It has 6,000 of them pounded flat into the surface. Each one...

3/31/2017

article O'Leary says as leader, he wouldn't ask Beyak to quit Senate over 'unfortunate' remarks
(Canada) -- One of the perceived front-runners in the Conservative leadership race is calling Senator Lynn Beyak's comments about residential schools "...
article 'It was a shock': Residential school survivor sees her painting more than 50 years later
(British Columbia) -- It was a way to express the horrors she went through at residential school. It was cathartic. That is how Gina Laing describes the after-hours art...
article Interview with St. Anne’s Indian Residential School Claimant K-10106: Betrayal, again
(Ontario) -- Claimant K-10106 sat by a hotel room window overlooking Toronto’s downtown cityscape but their mind was miles and years away, up Ontario’s James...

3/30/2017

article Lynn Beyak tells residential school survivors she wants audit of all First Nations spending
(Canada) -- After hearing testimony about the atrocities committed in residential schools, Senator Lynn Beyak asked survivors at the Senate's Aboriginal peoples...
article To Educate the Indian
(Michigan) -- At the Mount Pleasant Indian School they took you away from your family, made you stop speaking your native tongue and disciplined you like a soldier.

3/29/2017

article Indigenous leaders call for Senator Lynn Beyak's resignation
(Thunder Bay) -- Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Grand Council Treaty 3 Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh are calling for the resignation of Senator Lynn...
article Senator Murray Sinclair responds to Lynn Beyak's defence of residential schools
(Ottawa) -- Senator Murray Sinclair says preserving the record of the wrongdoing committed under the Indian residential school system is the best way to fight back...
article 'It was a shock': Residential school survivor sees her painting more than 50 years later
(British Columbia) -- It was a way to express the horrors she went through at residential school. It was cathartic. That is how Gina Laing describes the after-hours art...

3/28/2017

article Beyak perpetuates 'astonishingly insulting' narrative about residential schools: Wente
(Canada) -- Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak reiterated her defence of residential schools in an interview with CBC News on Monday, saying, "I made my statements,...
article Beyak taken to task by fellow senators over comments on residential schools
(Canada) -- The Conservative senator who praised the “abundance of good” to come out of residential schools has become an isolated figure in the Red Chamber...
article Conservative senators come to Lynn Beyak's defence while others say 'shame'
(Canada) -- Conservative senators came to the defence of their colleague Lynn Beyak Tuesday, saying she has the right to free speech and should remain a member of the...
article LET THE IDIOT SPEAK: Senator Lynn Beyak says she has 'suffered' with residential school survivors
(Canada) -- Senator Lynn Beyak says she doesn't need any more education about the horrors of the residential school system because she "suffered" alongside...
article Missing and murdered Indigenous women public forum
(Canada) -- Anna Maria Tremonti, the host of CBC Radio's The Current, is in Ottawa on Tuesday to moderate a public forum on the issue of missing and murdered...
article St. Charles College student receiving Truth and Reconciliation award
(Sudbury) -- Hannah Morningstar, a Grade 10 student from St. Charles College in Sudbury, is being recognized by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation for her...

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...

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