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Funding for education, healing and cultural revival programs were among major recommendations in an interim report by the commission probing the legacy of the residential school system.

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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....

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
(Alberta) -- A lack of consensus among Canadian bishops played a role in Pope Francis's decision to deny a request that he visit Canada and apologize to Indigenous...
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

article A Pope Given to Apologies Has Nothing for Indigenous Canada
(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
(Ontario) -- Seven decades ago, Edna Manitowabi was taken from her home in Manitowaning on Manitoulin Island, Ont. Under threat of arrest, her mother placed Manitowabi...
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
(Canada) -- I write in relation to the recent refusal of Pope Francis to apologize for the role of the Catholic Church in the Indian residential schools. The tragedy of...

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
(Ontario) -- The preteen girls would take turns with the towel in the bathroom of St. Anne’s Indian Residential School. One at a time they would wrap it around...
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
(Saskatchewan) -- Residential schools and the ‘60s Scoop are two things that have caused a wound among First Nations people in Canada. Yorkton Tribal Council...
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?
(Canada) -- A new national, interactive website will now monitor the progress of one of Canada's most important tools for change — the Truth and Reconciliation...
article SINCLAIR: What reconciliation feels like to people 'locked in the bathroom' for a century
(Canada) -- Imagine someone knocks on your door. It's a group, led by a man with a crown. You invite them in, offer them a cup of tea and to sit down. The man with...
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
(North 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...
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
(Indian Country) -- What has been the long-term impact of the Indian boarding school experiment? In South Dakota there was Marty Indian School, St. Stephan’s, St....

2/2/2018

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

1/25/2018

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

1/23/2018

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

1/20/2018

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

1/19/2018

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

1/17/2018

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

1/16/2018

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

1/15/2018

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

1/12/2018

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

1/11/2018

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

1/10/2018

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

1/6/2018

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

1/5/2018

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

12/27/2017

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

12/26/2017

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

12/13/2017

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

12/2/2017

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

11/29/2017

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

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