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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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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

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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

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9/29/2018

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9/28/2018

article Should there be a statutory holiday for remembering residential schools?
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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
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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,...
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(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
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9/3/2018

article Orange Shirt Day founder writes children's book about residential school experience
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9/1/2018

article Unmarked graves of children from residential school found beneath RV park
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8/21/2018

article Pope Francis needs to 'walk the walk' with residential schools apology: MP
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article Residents of Lennox Island briefed on Day School lawsuit
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8/20/2018

article Montreal names councillor in charge of reconciliation with Indigenous people
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8/15/2018

article 'Another step forward': Date of proposed holiday for reconciliation still needs to be set
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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

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(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
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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

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(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

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6/25/2018

article 'Mixed' feelings after residential school survivors met with Ontario law society, advocate says
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6/20/2018

article Court-appointed official moves to 'forever' bar 147 residential school cases from compensation hearings
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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
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6/11/2018

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6/4/2018

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6/1/2018

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5/31/2018

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5/29/2018

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5/28/2018

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5/25/2018

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5/24/2018

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5/19/2018

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5/18/2018

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5/16/2018

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5/15/2018

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(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

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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
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5/7/2018

article St. Anne's residential school survivors lose what could be final battle with Ottawa over documents
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5/5/2018

article MPs want Pope to apologize for church’s role in residential schools
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5/1/2018

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4/29/2018

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article Adrian Stimson reclaims his past by parodying photos from his family's residential school
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4/26/2018

article Indigenous Relations minister asks bishops to meet with residential school survivors over papal apology
(Quebec) -- Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett is asking the head of the organization representing Canada's bishops to meet with residential school...
article Lack of bishops' consensus, concerns over cost behind Pope apology decision: Archbishop
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article Police files, historical documents show link between Catholic hierarchy and residential schools
(Canada) -- When the Ontario Provincial Police raided the Oblates of Mary Immaculate offices in Ottawa in 1995, they seized a number of documents including a file...

4/25/2018

article Daughter of residential school survivor brings ‘Indian Horse’ to Sydney
(Nova Scotia) -- A Cape Breton woman whose family members were forced to attend residential school is hoping a new feature film can help survivors heal and non-...

4/23/2018

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(Ottawa) -- The past three popes have invested deeply in the forgiveness-begging business, offering official apologies for the church’s sins against Jews during...

4/19/2018

article ‘I wanted to go throw up:’ MPs slam bishops’ continued refusal to ask Pope to apologize for residential schools
(Ottawa) -- The continued refusal by Canadian bishops to ask Pope Francis to issue a formal apology for the abuses suffered by thousands of Indigenous Canadians under...

4/18/2018

article Bishops push back on planned House of Commons motion seeking Papal apology for residential schools
(Ottawa) -- The organization representing Catholic bishops in Canada is pushing back against a motion expected to be debated in the House of Commons this week calling on...

4/11/2018

article 'It is our truth': Indian Horse actor, residential school survivor says the film is no fiction
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article Elder's dismissal by University of Alberta a setback for reconciliation, says Treaty 6 Grand Chief
(Alberta) -- A former commissioner with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission says the University of Alberta took a step backwards on the road to reconciliation when...
article 'It is our truth': Indian Horse actor, residential school survivor says the film is no fiction
(Ontario) -- Nearly 80 years ago, Edna Manitowabi was taken from her home in Manitowaning on Manitoulin Island, Ont. Under threat of arrest, her mother placed Manitowabi...

4/10/2018

article 'Failing to confront a heinous history:' UBC apologizes to victims of residential schools
(British Columbia) -- In a statement laden with emotion, University of British Columbia president Santa Ono apologized to the victims of the residential school system on...
article UBC president apologizes for university’s participation in oppression of Indigenous people
(British Columbia) -- The president of the University of British Columbia opened the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre on Monday with an apology to...

4/9/2018

article UBC president apologizes for 'failing to confront' over residential schools
(British Columbia) -- The president of the University of British Columbia opened the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre on Monday with an apology to...
article University of British Columbia apologizes for role in residential schools
(British Columbia) -- On April 9, the University of British Columbia opened its Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, a $5.5-million facility that will...

4/8/2018

article UBC president set to apologize for university’s role in residential schools
(British Columbia) -- Nestled into a lush, green landscaped bowl, slung low between two grand libraries on the University of British Columbia campus, is a modest, yet...

4/7/2018

article OPINION: An unaccepted affront from Pope
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4/3/2018

article First Nations not giving up on Pope Francis apology
(Ottawa) -- Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde wants a face-to-face meeting to ask Pope Francis to reconsider his rejection of a call to come to Canada to...
article NDP to table House of Commons motion calling for Pope to apologize for residential schools
(Ottawa) -- The NDP plans to table a motion in the House of Commons calling on Pope Francis to apologize for the abuse suffered by Indigenous children at Indian...

4/1/2018

article Action and accountability are what's needed for reconciliation
(Canada) -- Inquiry after inquiry has pointed to the systemic nature of the harms inflicted and being inflicted on Indigenous Peoples. From the justice system and...

3/31/2018

article VIDEO: Learn why language is vital for this Inuk residential school survivor
(Ottawa) -- Jack Anawak once fired back at a fellow MP who criticized his speaking Inuktitut in the House of Commons

3/29/2018

article The horrors of St. Anne's
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article N.W.T. survivors of residential school still wait for apology after Pope declines to offer one
(Northwest Territories) -- Residential school survivors looking for an apology from Pope Francis won't be getting one for now. That leaves some survivors in the...
article 'When you do wrong, you apologize': Indigenous leaders disappointed with Pope Francis
(Saskatchewan) -- A residential school survivor says he's disgusted Pope Francis has decided not to apologize for the Catholic Church's role in the schools....

3/28/2018

article 'When you do wrong, you apologize': Indigenous leaders disappointed with Pope Francis
(Saskatoon) -- A residential school survivor says he's disgusted Pope Francis has decided not to apologize for the Catholic Church's role in the schools. "...
article Pope Francis Declines To Apologize For Church's Role In Residential Schools
(Ottawa) -- Pope Francis will not apologize to residential school survivors and their families for the role the Roman Catholic Church played in operating the schools or...
article AUDIO: Indigenous advocate Lynn Gehl questions if reconciliation is working
(Canada) -- It took 32 years before Lynn Gehl was recognized as an Indigenous person. ​During that journey through the Ontario court system, she said she also learned a...

3/23/2018

article VIDEO: Murray Sinclair shares why he's still hopeful about reconciliation
(Canada) -- Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Murray Sinclair says the public at large still struggles with that they can do. Here's his advice.

3/21/2018

article Info and healing at residential school gathering
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article Canada's cultural genocide of Indigenous Peoples
(Canada) -- The Truth and Reconciliation Commission spoke to thousands of survivors and found that what took place in residential schools in Canada amounted cultural...

3/20/2018

article Beyond 94: Where is Canada at with reconciliation?
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article SINCLAIR: What reconciliation feels like to people 'locked in the bathroom' for a century
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article What do Winnipeggers know about reconciliation? CBC News finds out
(Winnipeg) -- When CBC reporters asked Winnipeggers in an informal survey what they know about reconciliation, only about one in three said they were aware of the Truth...

3/18/2018

article From residential school to one of Manitoba's 1st Indigenous nurses
(Manitoba) -- One day, four-year-old Ann Thomas Callahan was told to get ready. She put on a dress, and was proud to wear it. Her father packed a lunch and together they...

3/17/2018

article Residential school survivors need clinical and cultural care, advocates urge
(Ottawa) -- Trauma counsellors from Northern Canada gathered in Ottawa this week to talk about combining clinical therapy with cultural healing to better help...
article Abused by another student: N.W.T. residential school survivor hopes his testimony will get 2nd hearing
(Northwest Territories) -- When Joachim Bonnetrouge testified about the abuse he endured at residential school as a child, part of his claim was rejected.

3/12/2018

article Ottawa looks to settle with residential school survivors who were abused by other students
(Ottawa) -- The Canadian government is pursuing settlements with former residential school residents who suffered student-on-student abuse and were left out of the...

3/1/2018

article Langevin signs officially removed, no word on renaming ceremony for Reconciliation Bridge
(Calgary) -- The Langevin Bridge — which connects the community of Inglewood to downtown Calgary — is no more, as the signs on the bridge have finally been...

2/26/2018

article New arts festival set to debut in Regina with theme of Truth and Reconciliation
(Saskatchewan) -- A new arts festival is set to launch in Regina, with this year's theme being Truth and Reconciliation. The Forward Currents Festival is hosted by...

2/24/2018

article 'I stood alone in pain': A residential school survivor on breaking silence about his abuse almost 30 years ago
(Canada) -- "I stood alone in pain. I stood alone in shame. I was in fear. I was hurt. And, I continued speaking about it. And then eventually, other people started...
article RADIO: 'I stood alone in pain': A residential school survivor on breaking silence about his abuse almost 30 years ago
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article Truth-telling critical part of teaching residential schools, says author of I Am Not a Number
(North Canada) -- One of the authors of I Am Not a Number says she wants her book to spark conversations about Canada's residential school system, but understands...

2/21/2018

article Ontario law society investigating firm's handling of dying residential school survivor's claim
(Ontario) -- Ontario's legal profession watchdog is investigating a complaint against a northern Ontario law firm over allegations it mishandled a compensation claim...

2/20/2018

article Mother outraged after school sends 'triggering' residential school book home to 3rd graders
(Northwest Territories) -- A mother from Hay River, N.W.T., says she's upset after her son's school sent the third grader home with a graphic book about an 8-...
article Remembering those hurt by residential schools
(Manitoba) -- St. John’s Park is opening up space for a memorial to Indigenous children harmed by residential schools, and planning team members say it’s a...

2/17/2018

article Residential school experience shaped Canadian skip Kevin Koe's father
(Northwest Territories) -- Standing in the middle of the ice at the Yellowknife Curling Club on a frigid December night, Fred Koe starts reminiscing about how he got his...

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
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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...

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