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Catholic archbishop asks forgiveness from Mi'kmaq for Shubenacadie Indian Residential School

The leader of a Roman Catholic archdiocese in Nova Scotia knelt in front of a congregation including residential school survivors Monday and personally apologized for the church's conduct at the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School.

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9/23/2020

article Their ancestors were sworn enemies. Now two artists are exploring the power of apology
(Canada) -- Standing in front of an audience at last fall’s Toronto Biennial of Art, AA Bronson was nervous. As a member of the General Idea collective, founder of...

9/17/2020

article Indigenous lawyer files lawsuit against firm representing day school survivors
(Winnipeg) -- An Indigenous lawyer has filed a lawsuit against the firm that represented survivors of Indian day schools, alleging she was not compensated for years of...
article Riverside’s Sherman Institute had a world-class runner in early 1900s
(California) -- In approximately 1911, Albert Ray, a 22-year-old Pima Indian from Arizona, came to Sherman Institute (Now Sherman Indian High School), a boarding school...

9/3/2020

article Residential school survivors write every senator in Canada, asking for Lynn Beyak's ouster
(Ontario) -- A coalition of residential school survivors and their supporters wants senators to know the personal impact that Sen. Lynn Beyak's public praise for the...

9/2/2020

article Indian residential schools are recognized in a new way
(Canada) -- The federal government has put the Indian residential school system on the official roster of National Historic Events. The government-sponsored religious...
article Residential school survivor calls for a historical site in the North
(North Canada) -- A residential school survivor in the Northwest Territories is welcoming a decision to designate two residential schools as national historic sites and...

9/1/2020

article Ottawa names two former residential schools as national historic sites
(Ottawa) -- The federal government is formally recognizing one of the darkest chapters in Canadian history as an event of national significance and is designating two...

8/31/2020

article Residential school system to be recognized as matter of national historic significance
(Canada) -- Ottawa will recognize Canada’s residential school system on Tuesday as a matter of national historic significance while two former residential schools...

8/29/2020

article ‘Away from Home’ exhibit tells story of federal boarding schools for Indian children
(Kansas) -- A traveling exhibition that looks at a time when American Indian children were sent to U.S. government-operated boarding schools is kicking off its five-year...

8/28/2020

article Residential school group searches for identities of 2 boys who drowned while attending Shingwauk
(Ontario) -- A residential school survivors group is seeking help to find the identities of two boys who drowned in a pond near their residential school in Sault Ste....

8/27/2020

article Residential school group searches for identities of 2 boys who drowned while attending Shingwauk
(Ontario) -- A residential school survivors group is seeking help to find the identities of two boys who drowned in a pond near their residential school in Sault Ste....

8/5/2020

article Residential school survivor wants criminal case reopened against former child care worker
(Ontario) -- A survivor of one of Canada's most notorious residential schools wants the criminal case against his alleged abuser — which ended with the...

7/25/2020

article New documentary to showcase B.C. residential school survivor and salmon
(British Columbia) -- Finding strength and resiliency following pain and trauma will be the focus of a new documentary that will shine light on a residential school...

7/8/2020

article Day school survivors get easier access to lawyers of their choice in class action settlement
(Ottawa) -- Following a June 17 Federal Court order, it is now easier for the former students of Indian and federal day schools to get legal advice from lawyers of their...

6/25/2020

article Kenney speechwriter called residential schools a 'bogus genocide story'
(Alberta) -- Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's speechwriter once wrote an article dismissing the "bogus genocide story" of Canada's residential school system and said...

6/19/2020

article B.C. First Nation calls for city councillor's resignation following remarks about residential schools
(British Columbia) -- The Williams Lake Indian Band is calling for a Williams Lake city councillor to resign after she made "insulting" remarks about...

6/15/2020

article Former Fort Smith Métis president says day school settlement forms 'misleading'
(North Canada) -- A former N.W.T. Métis Council president alleges that day school settlement forms are "misleading" survivors away from the rightful money they...

6/11/2020

article Indian day school survivors to no longer be allowed to modify their claims in national settlement
(Canada) -- After June 15, survivors of Indian day schools will no longer be allowed to resubmit or modify the level of compensation they're seeking under the legal...

6/2/2020

article Ottawa's lack of co-operation over residential school claim records 'tragic,' says Murray Sinclair
(Ottawa) -- Ongoing litigation over records from the residential schools compensation process undermines the federal government's reconciliation agenda and...

5/27/2020

article Ottawa's move to block statistical reports on residential schools 'modern-day colonialism,' says survivor
(Ottawa) -- The federal government's attempts to control the records produced by an organization that processed over 38,000 residential school abuse claims "...

5/22/2020

article Ottawa opposed creation of detailed statistical reports on residential schools
(Ottawa) -- The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is appealing an Ontario Superior Court ruling that sided with Ottawa to prevent the creation of detailed...

5/8/2020

article Stewart Indian School Cultural Center Grand Opening in Carson City Postponed Due to Global Health Crisis
(Nevada) -- Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of elders and all community members, today the Nevada Indian Commission announced the postponement of the grand...

4/18/2020

article Pushed out and silenced: How one doctor was punished for speaking out about residential schools
(Canada) -- Cindy Blackstock was searching for allies in the history books. She was hoping to find someone who spoke out about residential schools, about the high death...

4/14/2020

article Information sessions go online for nationwide Indian day schools settlement claims
(Canada) -- As a result of the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, online instead of in-person assistance will be available in April to claimants of a nationwide...

4/1/2020

article Stewart Indian School’s Earl Dunn was area’s first basketball star
(Nevada) -- Earl Dunn first caught everyone’s attention by putting a basketball through a hoop. He then earned everyone’s respect by the way he lived his...

3/31/2020

article Residential school closure 50th anniversary event postponed
(British Columbia) -- The Ktunaxa Nation March 28 announced that the 50th anniversary commemoration event marking the closure of the Kootenay Indian Residential School...

3/24/2020

article Canadian Heritage extends deadline for funding to commemorate legacy of residential schools
(Canada) -- A federal grant program that offers funds to commemorate the history and legacy of Canada's residential school system has extended its deadline in the...

3/17/2020

article Portraits mask painful past of residential schools at Alberni Valley Museum
(British Columbia) -- Cheerful glimpses of childhood innocence create a profoundly stirring backdrop for painful stories of loss and suffering in Speaking to Memory/...

3/10/2020

article Remembering the stories of Indian boarding schools
(Pennsylvania) -- Some 180 white tombstones — each belonging to a child who died while attending the Carlisle Indian Industrial School — stood row-by-row in...

3/5/2020

article Southern Ute Boarding School listed as a ‘most endangered’ place
(Colorado) -- Just outside of Ignacio, on Southern Ute tribal land, remnants of a campus where the federal government carried out its campaign to assimilate Native...

3/4/2020

article Residential school survivor speaks to students about her experience
(Saskatchewan) -- Students in Moose Jaw had the opportunity to hear from a residential school survivor whose experience was the inspiration for Orange Shirt Day across...

2/25/2020

article New Nevada Museum Tells Story of Its American Indian Boarding School Past
(Nevada) -- “Kill the Indian, save the man” was the infamous phrase reportedly uttered by Colonel Richard Henry Pratt in 1879 when establishing the Carlisle...

2/23/2020

article Day school claimants say lessons about trauma should have been learned from residential schools settlement
(Canada) -- A new report examining the impacts of the 2006 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) highlights some of the same issues arising with the...

2/20/2020

article 'Obscene' settlement process retraumatizes some residential school survivors, report says
(Manitoba) -- Some survivors of the residential school system say they felt frustrated and retraumatized by the bureaucratic nature of the Indian Residential Schools...
article Settlement process retraumatizes some residential school survivors, report says
(Manitoba) -- Some survivors of the residential school system say they felt frustrated and retraumatized by the bureaucratic nature of the Indian Residential Schools...

2/19/2020

article From residential school to meme king, Cree musician Ernest Monias has had a long journey
(Manitoba) -- It has been over 40 years since Cree recording artist Ernest Monias recorded his first studio record, but thanks to memes on social media, his popularity...

2/18/2020

article Communities 'asked to clean up somebody else's mess' as day school settlement claims open old wounds
(Canada) -- One month into the Indian day school settlement claims process, First Nations health officials in the Atlantic region are voicing their frustration over what...

2/10/2020

article Lorene Sisquoc — Indian schools, a time for healing and moving forward
(California) -- Native Americans remained dedicated to preserving their heritage, despite the almost annihilation of their culture and society. Lorene Sisquoc spoke at...
article Ottawa refusing to turn over documents 3 St. Anne's residential school survivors need, says lawyer
(Ottawa) -- The federal government is refusing to turn over uncensored documents to three residential school survivors who need the files to determine whether they...

2/9/2020

article Colorado boarding school, where government sought to assimilate tribal students, listed as a “most endangered” place
(Colorado) -- Just outside the southwest Colorado town of Ignacio, on Southern Ute tribal land, remnants of a campus where the federal government carried out its...

2/5/2020

article Atlantic First Nations seek emergency assistance with 'tsunami' of work from Indian day school claims
(Canada) -- First Nations chiefs in the Atlantic region are asking the federal government for emergency help to deal with requests for legal and mental health support...
article Speaker at Malki Museum discusses Indian schools and their impact on generations of Native Americans
(California) -- Last Saturday at the Malki Museum, Lorene Sisquoc, a member of the Fort Sill Apache tribe, gave a presentation on the history and impact Indian schools...

2/3/2020

article Man's residential school claim rejected, then identified for compensation, then rejected again
(British Columbia) -- Percy Wallace said he felt renewed hope when he heard his previously rejected residential school settlement claim was one of over 200 that would be...

1/24/2020

article 'I feel the history': Stewart Indian School converted into museum to remember dark past
(Nevada) -- Some alumni recall the festive fanfare of basketball games, robust curriculum and swimming in the Olympic-sized swimming pool where students were baptized on...

1/20/2020

article Woman denied settlement for sexual assault on way to residential school because she wasn't yet a student
(British Columbia) -- Therese Keenatch died at 60, two weeks after her residential school compensation claim was first rejected on grounds she wasn't technically a...

1/19/2020

article New Stewart Indian School museum reflects on dark history, brings hope for Native communities
(Nevada) -- Every time Linda Eben Jones looks at a yardstick, she remembers the teacher who would strike her each morning, leaving red welts on the back of her legs. The...

1/13/2020

article What you need to know about filing an Indian day schools settlement claim
(Canada) -- Thousands of former students who suffered harms while attending federally operated Indian day schools are now able to submit claims for compensation. The...

12/25/2019

article “We used to be there”: The lost history and legacy of America’s Indian School
(Virginia) -- Several years ago as debate raged over whether two feathers stuck in the College of William & Mary logo was racist, anthropologist Danielle Moretti-...

12/13/2019

article Federal Court of Appeal dismisses challenge to Indian day school settlement
(Quebec) -- The Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed a court challenge to a nationwide class settlement to compensate thousands of First Nations, Métis and Inuit for...
article ‘We’re not out of the woods yet’: Federal Court dismisses appeal of day schools agreement
(Quebec) -- A federal court judge has rejected one of two attempts to reopen the proposed McLean Day School settlement agreement. Justice Marianne Rivoalen’s...

12/9/2019

article Unfinished hides, residential schools in major Ottawa Indigenous art exhibition
(Ottawa) -- It is the gallery's second in a planned series of international Indigenous art exhibitions, and it features more than 100 works by 70 artists identifying...

12/6/2019

article Indian day school settlement claims process delayed due to court challenge
(Canada) -- The claims process to compensate thousands of First Nations, Métis and Inuit for harms suffered while attending federally-operated Indian day schools could...

12/2/2019

article Steve Sxwithul'txw survived residential school. Now he's trying to honour family who didn't
(British Columbia) -- When the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation released the names of almost 3,000 children who died in residential schools, survivor Steve...

11/15/2019

article School survivors left out of federal settlement gear up for class-action suit
(Canada) -- In the 1950s and 60s, Abe Parenteau and George Munroe were forced to attend the Duck Bay Special School in their community, located on the west side of Lake...

11/13/2019

article Cree man sues for alleged abuse in 1970s Winnipeg boarding home
(Winnipeg) -- A Cree man says he was beaten, locked in a closet and called racist and derogatory names while in the care of a Winnipeg boarding home in the 1970s,...

10/30/2019

article They Hid Him from Residential School, He Grew to Be Chief
(British Columbia) -- Chief Adam Dick was the boy who lived. He was the child in the bullrushes. Whether you prefer J.K. Rowling or the Bible, there are many legends...

10/28/2019

article Battleford Industrial School Cemetery now a provincial heritage site
(Saskatchewan) -- The Battleford Industrial School Cemetery has been granted provincial heritage status by the Saskatchewan government, a move the government said can...

10/11/2019

article Book Tells of American Indian Children in Boarding Schools
(Minnesota) -- Denise Lajimodiere's interest in the Indian boarding school experience began with the stories of her parents. "Mama was made to kneel on a...

10/6/2019

article Moving on from tragedy, more than 100 years after children died at Rapid City Indian Boarding School
(South Dakota) -- It has been more than a century since dozens of native American children died while attending Rapid City’s Indian Boarding School. It’s a...

10/3/2019

article 'Revictimized' residential school survivors can sue disgraced lawyer in class-action
(Alberta) -- A Calgary judge has certified a class-action lawsuit against a disgraced former lawyer who was found to have revictimized thousands of residential school...
article N.L. apology for residential schools getting closer nearly 2 years after promise
(North Canada) -- Next month will mark two years since Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball promised the province would apologize for its role in residential...
article N.W.T. group holding ceremony to honour children who died at residential school
(North Canada) -- Stephen Kakfwi has a message for the hundreds of children who died while attending residential school in Fort Providence, N.W.T. He'll be...
article 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Tantoo Cardinal
(Hollywood) -- Tantoo Cardinal is a Canadian television and film actress who is best known for her role in the hit Kevin Costner film “Dances with Wolves.”...

10/2/2019

article François Legault's apology to Quebec's Indigenous Peoples, word for word
(Quebec) -- Speaker, I'd like to welcome the elders, the grand chiefs and chiefs, the representatives of the First Nations and Inuit communities.
article Quebec has 'failed in its duty to you,' Premier François Legault tells Indigenous Peoples
(Quebec) -- Premier François Legault has apologized for how Quebec has treated Indigenous Peoples, following the release earlier this week of a damning report that...
article B.C. residential school survivors gather with Tseshaht First Nation to free lost souls
(British Columbia) -- A spiritual fire roars at the centre of the former Alberni Indian Residential School in Tseshaht First Nation (TFN) on Vancouver Island.

9/30/2019

article From survivors to 'thrivers': Former residential school students connect with culture and each other
(Ottawa) -- For one group of former residential school students in Winnipeg, returning to their culture and teachings has them identifying themselves in a new way.
article Remembering children who died at residential schools
(Ottawa) -- Indigenous children who died while attending residential schools were honoured at a special ceremony Monday hosted by the National Centre for Truth and...
article Canada’s residential schools were houses of pain, but survivors want these buildings to be saved
(Canada) -- Canada was once home to more than 130 residential schools, places where the Indigenous children of this country were sent to be assimilated into Euro-...
article How Orange Shirt Day is sparking healing in this Mohawk community
(Quebec) -- For the majority of her adult life, Tonia Williams didn't have a relationship with her father Wendell. He struggled with parenting as a result of his...

9/20/2019

article 'We have changed the narrative': Former residential school becomes a resort property
(British Columbia) -- It was the fall of 1966, and Margaret Teneese was eager to start the new school year. “I was so excited, I went bounding up the stairs of St...

9/18/2019

article Next federal government will face unresolved class action lawsuits from residential school era
(Ottawa) -- Two major unresolved class action cases from the Indian residential school era will face the next government, and may be a test of its commitment to...

8/26/2019

article This residential school survivor just went pro for Colonialism Skateboards
(Vancouver) -- A couple years ago we introduced you to Colonialism Skateboards, a company that’s dedicated to educating the public about the impacts of colonialism...

8/19/2019

article Federal Court approves Indian day schools class-action settlement
(Ottawa) -- The Federal Court of Canada has approved the settlement of a class-action lawsuit against the government to compensate thousands of First Nations, Métis and...

8/8/2019

article Vancouver hearing room for residential school abuse claims officially closes
(British Columbia) -- In a ceremony Wednesday, a room in Vancouver where adjudicators heard more than 500 claims of physical, sexual or emotional abuse suffered at...

7/30/2019

article 'The most important non-fiction book in Poland' right now is about a Labrador residential school survivor
(Newfoundland) -- Poland is half a world away from the legacy of residential schools, but to the author of a new book chronicling that part of Canada's past, "...

7/24/2019

article Atikamekw Indian day school students sue federal government over abuse
(Ottawa) -- Twenty-two former Indian day school students in Quebec are suing Canada over sexual abuse suffered at the federally run school during the 1970s. The...
article Pressure mounts on Dwight Ball to deliver residential school apology
(Newfoundland) -- There is anger and impatience about why Premier Dwight Ball hasn't followed the lead of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with an apology to...

7/20/2019

article Yukon Anglican Diocese to apologize to Yukon residential school students
(Yukon) -- The Anglican Diocese of Yukon is making a public apology to former Chooutla Residential School students at the request of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation....

7/13/2019

article Anglican Church of Canada apologizes for spiritual harm to Indigenous Peoples
(Canada) -- In an open letter published Friday, the leader of the Anglican Church of Canada apologized for its "cultural and spiritual arrogance" that caused harm to...
article Help wanted to find ancestral names for residential school survivors, families
(Nova Scotia) -- Bernie Syliboy, a Mi'kmaw conservation officer for the Department of Lands and Forestry, wants the Nova Scotia government to provide resources to...

7/9/2019

article Remains of students at Carlisle Indian School returned to families
(Pennsylvania) -- Rebeka Jones never knew her ancestor, Henry, an American Indian from Iowa who died at Carlisle Indian Industrial School in 1880 when he was 16 years...

7/8/2019

article Woman telling nation about residential schools
(Canada) -- Lila Bruyere had every reason to give up. “I’ve heard it all my life — that I’m stupid. That I’m never going to amount to...

7/4/2019

article Fees waived for name changes of residential school survivors, family members
(Nova Scotia) -- Residential school survivors and their families in Nova Scotia will soon be able to have the fees waived when they legally change their name. Premier...
article Study shows 'empirical' link between residential schools and Indigenous youth in care: researcher
(British Columbia) -- New research conducted at the University of British Columbia is shedding light on the relationship between residential schools and the modern day...

6/25/2019

article 'First step in reconciliation' as government hands over residential school cemetery
(Saskatchewan) -- The grounds housing a cemetery where some three dozen Indigenous children — who died while attending Regina's Indian Industrial School (RIIS...

6/19/2019

article Middle school students ask, 'What can we do about truth and reconciliation?'
(Canada) -- Beth Weatherbee's Grade 7 and 8 students managed to stump her this year when a class discussion about Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission,...

6/6/2019

article Residential school survivor's son wants recognition for kids whose labour helped feed home front during WWII
(New York) -- As the 75th anniversary commemorations of Canada's involvement in D-Day are celebrated, one Mohawk veteran wants residential school students remembered...

5/24/2019

article Challenge to Indian day school settlement in Quebec court could stall deal
(Ottawa) -- A recently filed court challenge of Ottawa's Indian day school settlement agreement could stall the deal, according to one of the lawyers behind the...

5/14/2019

article Opponents of Indian day schools settlement have their say in court
(Manitoba) -- Growing up in the western Saskatchewan Cree community of Onion Lake, Beatrice Macdonald endured 11 years in the federal and provincial institutions known...
article Coalition Seeks Answers About Children Who Went Missing at U.S. Indian Boarding School Via United Nations Working Group
(Switzerland) -- On Tuesday a coalition of tribes, organizations, and independent researchers will go before the United Nations to testify about American Indian and...

5/13/2019

article 'Just get it done:' Indian day school survivors divided over proposed settlement
(Manitoba) -- For more than a decade, Ray Mason has been fighting for compensation for the time he and thousands of other Indigenous people were forced to attend...

5/11/2019

article 120 years of Indian day schools leave a dark legacy in Kahnawake Mohawk Territory
(Quebec) -- Like many people who grew up in the late 1950s on the Mohawk territory of Kahnawake, Que., Kenneth Deer has experienced the legacy of federal Indian day...
article Uncovering the story of John Nzipo, the Zulu man who spent 3 years at a residential school
(Canada) -- In the student register of the Shingwauk residential school in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., from 1892, one word breaks the sequence of "Ojibway," "...

4/29/2019

article What was Phoenix Indian School like for students? A history from 1891 to 1990
(Arizona) -- In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the federal government systematically took Native American children from their homes and shipped them to boarding schools...

4/18/2019

article Ottawa needs to 'walk the walk' on reconciliation, says Federal Court judge
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa needs to 'walk the walk' on reconciliation, said a Federal Court judge in a ruling released Tuesday as part of an ongoing class action lawsuit...

4/12/2019

article Supreme Court upholds residential school compensation for former student
(Manitoba) -- A former residential school student is entitled to compensation for abuse at the hands of a nun, the Supreme Court of Canada says in a decision that helps...
article Supreme Court upholds residential school compensation for former student
(Ottawa) -- The Supreme Court of Canada says a former residential school student is entitled to compensation for abuse, in a decision that helps clarify the scope of...
article Artwork honouring residential school survivors vested with legal rights
(Manitoba) -- An art installation honouring survivors of residential schools is being recognized as a "living entity" in an agreement combining Indigenous...

4/11/2019

article 'A reminder of those horrible days': Tsartlip Indian Day School survivor wants building torn down
(British Columbia) -- Former student Angel Sampson says it's difficult to stand next to the small wooden schoolhouse where she attended class at the Tsartlip Indian...

4/7/2019

article Rare artwork created by children in residential schools displayed at Museum of Vancouver
(Vancouver) -- A new exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver is displaying rare artworks created by children who attended residential schools — oftentimes, the only...

3/30/2019

article 'A horrendous month': Is September the wrong time to commemorate residential schools?
(Canada) -- If all goes according to plan, Canadians will have a new statutory holiday to commemorate and learn about the atrocities of the residential school system....

3/27/2019

article Carcross/Tagish First Nation ponders what to do with residential school site
(Yukon) -- It was a school reunion — but not the celebratory kind. Students who attended Chooutla Indian Residential School in Carcross, Yukon, were invited back...

3/15/2019

article Ottawa heading to trial in class action lawsuit by residential school day scholars
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa is heading to trial next month over a class action lawsuit involving students who attended residential schools during the day in which its lawyers...

3/14/2019

article Case involving compensation for residential school survivor moves forward
(Ontario) -- A lawyer representing a residential school survivor say a judge has ruled in her client's favour. But before the case can proceed, an administrative...
article What you need to know about the Indian Day School settlement
(Ottawa) -- There are still questions from many former Indian Day School students and their families about who is eligible for compensation after the federal government...
article Ottawa gets sealing order on court document that undercuts 'reconciliation agenda,' says NDP MP
(British Columbia) -- A British Columbia judge has sealed a document filed by Ottawa in a court case over the residential school compensation process that an NDP MP says...

3/8/2019

article PEMBER: Death by Civilization
(Wisconsin) -- My mother died while surviving civilization. Although she outlived a traumatic childhood immersed in its teachings, she carried the pain of those lessons...
article 'There was a heaviness': Alberta anthropologists locate unmarked graves of residential schoolchildren
(Alberta) -- Kisha Supernant felt a painful weight in her chest as she waited for the telltale beep of her radar equipment. Disturbances deep in the earth —...

3/4/2019

article Police hunted for secret church archives during probe of abuse allegations at St. Anne's residential school
(Ontario) -- When OPP Det. Greg Delguidice was preparing to look into widespread allegations of physical and sexual abuse by priests, nuns and staff at St. Anne's Indian...

2/26/2019

article Government Watchdog: EPA Lacks Superfund Data for Tribal Sites
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal watchdog group says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) doesn’t have sufficient data to show for efforts made to clean up...

2/23/2019

article Mysteries surround Mohawk children housed with Home Children on way to residential school
(Canada) -- Theresa Rice was a residential school survivor from Kahnawake, Que., who never had the opportunity to return home as a child. Her family, now living in Sault...
article Left to crumble or repurposed: Residential school sites treated inconsistently across Canada
(Saskatchewan) -- Ed Bitternose Sr. stands in a crumbling brick building staring out the window onto snow-covered fields, reclaiming the spot he took decades ago. "...

2/22/2019

article AUDIO: Why residential school survivors want an apology from the Pope
(Ottawa) -- Pope Francis prays during the opening of a global child protection summit for reflections on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church, on February 21...

2/20/2019

article Residential school survivor calls Pope's absence from meeting with sex abuse victims 'disrespectful'
(Rome) -- A residential school survivor attending a Vatican summit on sexual abuse says the Pope's decision not to meet with victims Wednesday shows he isn't...
article Residential school survivor in Rome for summit on sex abuse plans to ask Pope for apology
(Rome) -- A First Nation woman who attended one of Canada's most notorious residential schools is in Rome this week in hopes of getting the chance to meet with Pope...

2/17/2019

article Winnipeg's Story Studio draws on power of storytelling to encourage reconciliation, bridge building
(Winnipeg) -- The resignation of prominent Indigenous cabinet minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has raised concerns the process of national reconciliation will stall...

1/17/2019

article Potential class action against Calgary lawyer seeks millions for 're-victimized' residential school survivors
(Alberta) -- About 30 men and women from the Blood Tribe in southern Alberta, most of whom are residential school survivors, listen closely as their lawyer Max Faille...
article Residential school survivor wants probe of how Ontario law society handled lawyer's conduct review
(Ontario) -- A residential school survivor in northwestern Ontario is calling for an independent probe into the way the province's law society handled a conduct...

1/15/2019

article Cabinet shuffle shows reconciliation dropping in priority for Trudeau, say Indigenous advocates
(Ottawa) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's decision to break up the "dream team" that was leading the work of mending Canada's relationship with...
article Notification program for residential school records problematic, say interveners in case
(Saskatchewan) -- Two people who acted as interveners in the Supreme Court case that decided the fate of residential school survivor testimonies are raising concerns...

1/9/2019

article Six Nations works to preserve the 'difficult' history of a former residential school
(Ontario) -- Workers restoring the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford have uncovered writings on beams and walls from Six Nations students at the former residential...

1/8/2019

article Deceased residential school survivor's compensation claim overturned for lack of signature
(Manitoba) -- The body overseeing the compensation process for the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement has overturned an award to the family of a deceased...

1/3/2019

article What does reconciliation mean to Indigenous people?
(British Columbia) -- Reconciliation has emerged as a buzzword in Canada over the last three years. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau even proclaimed a national day of...

12/30/2018

article Residential school survivor expresses culture of Nuxalk ancestors through painting
(British Columbia) -- Almost six decades after attending residential school, Norman James Hall is his honouring his Nuxalk heritage through art — in a very public...

12/29/2018

article Meeting trailblazer and residential school survivor Ann Thomas Callahan a highlight of my year
(Manitoba) -- Every now and then, we meet people that leave a lasting impression on us. Earlier this year I went to interview residential school survivor Ann Thomas...

12/16/2018

article 'I don't think there's an Ojibway word for duvet': Residential school survivor gets her first new bed
(Canada) -- I recently got a brand new bed, a heartfelt gift from a CBC Radio listener. She decided to donate it after hearing a story about my struggle with sleep on...

12/15/2018

article 'It's heartbreaking': Indigenous artists mourn possible cuts to culture fund under review by PCs
(Canada) -- The Ontario government says it is reviewing a fund for Indigenous culture that was set up in response to calls for action from Canada's Truth and...

12/6/2018

article Ottawa reaches agreement in principle to settle Indian Day School class-action lawsuit
(Ottawa) -- The federal government says a "dark and tragic chapter in Canadian history" is one step closer to resolution with a deal on a potentially...

11/26/2018

article Residential schools settlement review a chance to help not 'repeat mistakes of the past'
(Ontario) -- The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is scheduled to be in Sioux Lookout, Ont., on Monday to speak with residential school survivors as part of...

11/25/2018

article The night the residential school burned to the ground — and the students cheered
(Saskatchewan) -- The first thing Jenny Spyglass remembers is the shouting. There was a fire, she was told, and she needed to get out — now. It was 1948, and smoke...

11/22/2018

article TRC heard concerns about coerced sterilization of Indigenous women, says Murray Sinclair
(British Columbia) -- The Truth and Reconciliation Commission heard concerns about coerced sterilization of Indigenous women during its years-long examination of Canada...

11/15/2018

article Reps coming to Yellowknife to get feedback on residential school settlement process
(North Canada) -- Representatives from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation will be in Yellowknife Thursday to gather feedback on the Indian Residential...

11/11/2018

article Regina open forum on reconciliation aims to keep momentum going
(Saskatchewan) -- Reconciliation Regina held an open forum discussion this week to give residents a chance to voice their questions and opinions surrounding...

11/10/2018

article Regina open forum on reconciliation aims to keep momentum going
(Saskatchewan) -- Reconciliation Regina held an open forum discussion this week to give residents a chance to voice their questions and opinions surrounding...

11/7/2018

article Children of Survivors: Lloyd Thrasher and the complex legacy of residential schools
(North Canada) -- This story is part of CBC North's series Children of Survivors | Impact of residential schools. This week we're highlighting the stories of several...

11/4/2018

article There are thousands of intergenerational survivors' stories — this is mine
(Yukon) -- My name is Sharon Shorty and I am from Whitehorse. I am the child of residential school survivors. The impact of residential school is intergenerational, and...
article Quebec Eastern Townships man opens private forest to others, in spirit of reconciliation
(Quebec) -- Terry Loucks has spent years roaming the two-and-a-half hectares of land he owns in Stanstead Township, a sparsely populated community on the eastern shore...

11/1/2018

article ‘A very painful artifact’: Strap used at residential school moves from family home to archives
(Ontario) -- When the St. Margaret’s Indian Residential School on Couchiching Reserve, Ont., was being torn down during the mid-70s, Rudy Bruyere, a former St....

10/27/2018

article Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to develop memorial register of residential school deaths
(Canada) -- The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) is embarking on "very sensitive, very serious, very emotional work," says its director, as...

10/21/2018

article Thousands of Canada’s indigenous children died in church-run boarding schools. Where are they buried?
(Canada) -- Armed with everything from school attendance records to drones, researchers across Canada are racing to shed light on a bleak part of the country’s...

10/12/2018

article ‘Dawnland’ movie documents the residential school experience in the U.S.
(British Columbia) -- Dawnland is a film that tells the story about Indigenous children in the United States who were taken from their families and put into residential...

10/10/2018

article Cultural gathering at Nathan Phillips Square offers chance to learn about residential schools
(Ontario) -- A three-day cultural gathering to honour residential school survivors and their families began Tuesday at Nathan Phillips Square outside Toronto City Hall.

10/2/2018

article Catholic archbishop asks forgiveness from Mi'kmaq for Shubenacadie Indian Residential School
(Nova Scotia) -- The leader of a Roman Catholic archdiocese in Nova Scotia knelt in front of a congregation including residential school survivors Monday and personally...

9/30/2018

article 'I do not want to fight about this anymore': Residential school denial is poisonous
(Saskatoon) -- Recently a radio ad paid for by the Frontier Centre for Public Policy aired in rural Saskatchewan. It claimed that "Indian Residential Schools"...

9/29/2018

article 'Myths' of residential schools author stands by article despite controversial radio ad, criticism
(Canada) -- The man who wrote the commentary on which a controversial radio ad claiming to debunk the "myths" of residential schools was based says he attended...
article Tlicho author disheartened school board doesn't recommend his books to students
(Edmonton) -- A well-known Tlicho author says he's shocked two of his books were among those not recommended for use in Edmonton classrooms. Richard Van Camp said he...

9/28/2018

article Should there be a statutory holiday for remembering residential schools?
(Ottawa) -- As the fifth anniversary of Orange Shirt Day approaches this Sunday, CBC Indigenous has invited a panel of residential school survivors to discuss whether a...

9/24/2018

article Radio ad claiming to debunk 'myths' of residential schools draws criticism
(Saskatchewan) -- A radio ad that aired in Saskatchewan talking about "myths" about residential schools is drawing criticism from listeners. The two-minute...

9/23/2018

article 'I can't escape': Life as a non-Indigenous student at the notorious St. Anne's residential school
(Ontario) -- Ron Gosbee was five and wearing his "Sunday best" when he got in a freighter canoe bound for St. Anne's Indian Residential School in Fort...

9/21/2018

article 'Offensive' online test about Indigenous Canadians symptom of larger problem in Alberta schools, say advocates
(Alberta) -- Offensive material about Indigenous Canadians in an online Alberta social studies test is a symptom of a larger problem, say advocates. Nigel Robinson, co-...

9/20/2018

article Ottawa spent $2.3M on court battles with St. Anne's residential school survivors
(Ottawa) -- The federal government spent $2.3 million over the past five years in court battles with survivors from a notorious residential school in northern Ontario,...
article Alberta education minister apologizes after test asks students about 'positive effect' of residential schools
(Alberta) -- Alberta's education minister apologized Thursday for what he calls "hateful material" — an online social studies question that asked...

9/13/2018

article Former TRC commissioner proposes path for Ottawa to avoid showdown over Indigenous rights bill
(Ontario) -- A former commissioner for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission says Ottawa should base its proposed Indigenous rights framework on a First Nations-...

9/8/2018

article Statutory holiday 'a necessary step for reconciliation,' says Senator Murray Sinclair
(Canada) -- If it was up to Senator Murray Sinclair, every Canadian would spend at least one day a year reflecting on how to improve relationships with Indigenous...

9/3/2018

article Orange Shirt Day founder writes children's book about residential school experience
(Canada) -- Residential school survivor Phyllis (Jack) Webstad is publishing a children's book about her experience at residential school and the story behind Orange...

9/1/2018

article Unmarked graves of children from residential school found beneath RV park
(Manitoba) -- Campers have for years parked their RVs at the Turtle Crossing campground along the Assiniboine River in Manitoba, without knowing that it’s situated...

8/21/2018

article Pope Francis needs to 'walk the walk' with residential schools apology: MP
(Canada) -- An NDP MP is calling on Pope Francis to respond to a request he visit Canada and apologize to residential school survivors with the same urgency he displayed...
article Residents of Lennox Island briefed on Day School lawsuit
(Prince Edward Island) -- Residents of Lennox Island have been provided with information about a national class-action lawsuit against the federal government which seeks...

8/20/2018

article Montreal names councillor in charge of reconciliation with Indigenous people
(Canada) -- The Plante administration has made Marie-Josée Parent, a Verdun city councillor, its point person for issues related to reconciliation with Indigenous people...

8/15/2018

article 'Another step forward': Date of proposed holiday for reconciliation still needs to be set
(Canada) -- After the department of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism confirmed Wednesday it will implement a new statutory holiday to mark the legacy of...
article Ottawa to declare federal holiday to mark legacy of residential school system
(Ottawa) -- The Liberal government will declare a federal statutory holiday to mark the tragic legacy of the residential school system, fulfilling a recommendation made...
article Regina Indian Industrial School cemetery commemorated 100 years after closure
(Saskatchewan) -- The Regina Indian Industrial School cemetery has received a Provincial Heritage Property plaque in honour of the children buried there. The provincial...

8/8/2018

article City of Victoria to remove John A. Macdonald statue from front steps of city hall
(British Columbia) -- The City of Victoria is planning to remove the statue of John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister, from the front steps of city hall...

8/7/2018

article Residential school survivors help transform Shingwauk Hall into art
(Sudbury) -- A new chapter is being written in the history of Shingwauk Residential School. Reclaiming Shingwauk Hall is an art exhibit curated to honour the survivors...

7/31/2018

article Kivalliq Hall qualifies for residential school settlements, Nunavut appeals court rules
(Nunavut) -- Students who lived at Kivalliq Hall in Rankin Inlet are eligible for residential school settlements, according to the Nunavut Court of Appeal. Justices...

7/8/2018

article Court approves class-action lawsuit for Indigenous students who say they were abused at day schools
(Ottawa) -- Indigenous people who say they lost their culture and suffered physical and sexual abuse at government-funded day schools are calling for compensation in a...

7/3/2018

article 147 residential school survivors win chance at compensation
(British Columbia) -- More than 100 residential school survivors on the brink of being permanently barred from the compensation process will get a final chance to enter...
article Wikwemikong High students showcase art based on Truth and Reconciliation calls to action
(Ontario) -- On Wednesday, June 20 Wikwemikong High School hosted an open house in which student projects, aimed at addressing a number of the Truth and Reconciliation...

7/2/2018

article Waycobah First Nation residential school survivors make regalia for youth as part of healing process
(Nova Scotia) -- In Waycobah, N.S., 15 years after forming a ground-breaking group, residential school survivors have moved from healing themselves to helping others....

7/1/2018

article Waycobah First Nation residential school survivors make regalia for youth as part of healing process
(Nova Scotia) -- In Waycobah, N.S., 15 years after forming a ground-breaking group, residential school survivors have moved from healing themselves to helping others....

6/30/2018

article From the shame of residential schools to the pride of the Summit series: What every Canadian should know about this country
(Canada) -- Canada’s 151st birthday doesn’t come with the hype of last year’s sesquicentennial. But anniversaries, no matter the increment, are always...

6/25/2018

article 'Mixed' feelings after residential school survivors met with Ontario law society, advocate says
(Ontario) -- A residential school survivor and long-time social justice advocate in northwestern Ontario says he had "mixed" feelings after leaving a meeting...

6/20/2018

article Court-appointed official moves to 'forever' bar 147 residential school cases from compensation hearings
(Ottawa) -- A court-appointed official tasked with transferring thousands of residential school cases from a disgraced Calgary law firm wants 147 claims barred from ever...
article 'We're being heard right now': Regina's Davin School named after residential school advocate to be renamed
(Saskatchewan) -- The Regina Public School Board has voted to rename Davin Elementary School in light of concerns over connections with the school's namesake and...

6/15/2018

article RICKERT: Trump Administration’s Policy of Separating Children is Reminiscent of Indian Boarding Schools
(Michigan) -- There is a lot of news these days about the Trump administration separating children from their parents at the U.S. border to Mexico. On Thursday, U.S....

6/12/2018

article Future access to Battlefords residential school cemetery uncertain
(Saskatchewan) -- A group of Grade 12 students will have access to a historic residential school cemetery site on private property near the Battlefords, but future field...

6/11/2018

article Residential school apology translated into 7 Indigenous languages
(Ottawa) -- Ten years after it was delivered on the floor of the House of Commons, Canada's apology to residential school survivors has been translated into seven...
article Survivor calls First Nation living conditions “shame and disgrace” as Canada commemorates residential school apology
(Ottawa) -- As the Trudeau government commemorated the 10th anniversary of Canada’s apology to residential school survivors Monday, one survivor criticized Canada...

6/4/2018

article 'We can go forward': Holocaust, residential school survivors share message of hope
(Saskatoon) -- Fourteen-year-old Jordan Kinar felt like crying several times Monday morning as a residential school survivor and a holocaust survivor shared their...

6/1/2018

article Some Catholic orders still withholding promised residential school records
(Canada) -- Some Catholic orders have still not turned over promised records to the research centre created as a repository for the documented history of residential...

5/31/2018

article Secretary Zinke suggests sending children from trouble homes to boarding school
(Montana) -- Secretary Ryan Zinke, the leader of the Department of the Interior, has an interesting response to the substance abuse crisis on the Fort Peck Reservation:...

5/29/2018

article 'A key player in Indigenous cultural genocide:' Historians erase Sir John A. Macdonald's name from book prize
(Canada) -- The main association of Canadian history scholars has voted to remove Sir John A. Macdonald’s name from a prestigious prize, joining a movement to stop...

5/28/2018

article 'A dark history': Muskowekwan First Nation fights to save former residential school building
(Saskatchewan) -- A First Nation in east-central Saskatchewan wants to save its former residential school building from the wrecking ball. The school, located on the...

5/25/2018

article Army plans to exhume remains of four Carlisle Indian School students
(Pennsylvania) -- The U.S. Army is planning to return the remains of four students who died while attending the former Carlisle Indian Industrial School to their...

5/24/2018

article Beyond 94 teacher's guide now available for classroom studies on truth and reconciliation
(Canada) -- CBC has launched a new teaching guide to help educators talk to their students about residential schools and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94...

5/19/2018

article Newly granted access to residential school cemetery holds deep meaning for Battleford event organizers
(Saskatoon) -- As dozens of people crossed a field of high grass toward the final resting place for at least 50 residential school children, the event name used by...

5/18/2018

article Totem pole ceremony a step towards reconciliation
(British Columbia) -- History was made in Port McNeill on Thursday as the first Kwakwaka’wakw carved totem pole in the town’s 50+ year history was finally...

5/16/2018

article Halifax university gives white prof go-ahead to teach residential schools course
(Nova Scotia) -- A non-Aboriginal history professor has been given the green light to teach a residential schools course at Mount Saint Vincent University, despite...
article Montreal-based Oji-Cree artist's work confronts trauma of residential schools
(Quebec) -- The victimization of Indigenous women has been a theme in Lara Kramer's artwork for years, and her latest piece, Phantom Stills & Vibrations,...

5/15/2018

article Halifax university says non-Indigenous professor given green light to teach residential schools course
(Nova Scotia) -- A non-Aboriginal history professor has been given the green light to teach a residential schools course at Mount Saint Vincent University, despite...

5/14/2018

article University condemned for handling of residential-schools course controversy
(North Canada) -- A group of Canadian professors is speaking out against a Halifax university's handling of a residential-schools course imbroglio, saying the race...

5/13/2018

article University under fire over residential schools course taught by white prof
(Nova Scotia) -- A Halifax university is under fire for assigning a course about Canada's residential schools to a non-Indigenous professor, something activists say...

5/8/2018

article Pope Francis unlikely to be swayed by apology motion
(Ottawa) -- Pope Francis is unlikely to be swayed by a House of Commons near-unanimous motion calling on him to apologize in Canada for abuses at Catholic run...

5/7/2018

article St. Anne's residential school survivors lose what could be final battle with Ottawa over documents
(Ontario) -- An Ontario appeals court ended Monday what could be the final battle between St. Anne's Indian Residential School survivors and Ottawa in their years-...
article Lawyer predicts 'circus' atmosphere at national Sixties Scoop hearing starting this week in Saskatoon
(Saskatchewan) -- Survivors of the Sixties Scoop, lawyers and government officials from across Canada are expected to descend on a Saskatoon courthouse Thursday. More...

5/5/2018

article MPs want Pope to apologize for church’s role in residential schools
(Canada) -- Canada’s members of Parliament are calling on Pope Francis to issue an apology for the Catholic church’s role in residential schools. The apology...

5/1/2018

article MPs vote overwhelmingly to call on Pope to apologize for church's role in residential schools
(Ottawa) -- By a vote of 269 to 10, MPs backed a motion today to invite Pope Francis to Canada so that he can apologize in person for the Roman Catholic Church's...

4/29/2018

article 'Learning how to be good allies': B.C. group focuses on restoring relationships as path to reconciliation
(British Columbia) -- As Canada grapples with how to achieve reconciliation with Indigenous people, a group in British Columbia has come together to figure out how to...
article Adrian Stimson reclaims his past by parodying photos from his family's residential school
(Canada) -- Upon first glance, Adrian Stimson's Sketches of Indian Life might seem like a lighthearted photo. But there's much more to it when you look closer....

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