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'Up to society' to make reconciliation reality: Senator Murray Sinclair

While Canadian society is beginning to move towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the federal government still has a long way to go. That's according to Senator Murray Sinclair, the former head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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8/11/2017

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

8/8/2017

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

8/2/2017

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

7/31/2017

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

7/30/2017

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

7/29/2017

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

7/28/2017

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

7/24/2017

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

7/19/2017

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

7/16/2017

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

7/9/2017

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

7/5/2017

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

7/4/2017

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

6/25/2017

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

6/23/2017

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

6/22/2017

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

6/21/2017

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

6/20/2017

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

6/19/2017

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

6/16/2017

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

6/12/2017

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

6/5/2017

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

5/30/2017

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

5/29/2017

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

5/26/2017

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

5/25/2017

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

5/24/2017

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

5/20/2017

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

5/19/2017

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

5/10/2017

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

5/5/2017

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

5/2/2017

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

4/26/2017

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

4/15/2017

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

4/14/2017

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

4/12/2017

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

4/11/2017

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

4/10/2017

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

4/9/2017

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

4/6/2017

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

4/5/2017

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

4/3/2017

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

4/2/2017

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

3/31/2017

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

3/30/2017

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

3/29/2017

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

3/28/2017

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

3/26/2017

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

3/23/2017

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

3/21/2017

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

3/20/2017

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

3/18/2017

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

3/17/2017

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

3/16/2017

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

3/12/2017

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

3/11/2017

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

3/10/2017

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

3/9/2017

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

3/7/2017

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

3/6/2017

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

3/1/2017

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

2/17/2017

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

2/3/2017

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

2/1/2017

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

1/30/2017

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

1/26/2017

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

1/16/2017

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

1/15/2017

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

1/13/2017

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

12/17/2016

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

12/16/2016

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

12/15/2016

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

12/13/2016

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

12/7/2016

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

12/6/2016

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

12/4/2016

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

11/28/2016

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

11/24/2016

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

11/21/2016

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

11/19/2016

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

11/9/2016

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

11/8/2016

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

11/4/2016

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

11/2/2016

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

10/26/2016

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

10/25/2016

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

10/24/2016

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

10/23/2016

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

10/22/2016

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

10/21/2016

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

10/20/2016

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

10/19/2016

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

10/15/2016

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

10/12/2016

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

10/4/2016

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

10/1/2016

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

9/30/2016

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

9/28/2016

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

9/26/2016

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

9/25/2016

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

9/19/2016

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

9/18/2016

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

9/14/2016

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

9/13/2016

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

9/12/2016

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

9/11/2016

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

9/9/2016

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

9/8/2016

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

9/7/2016

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

8/20/2016

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

8/19/2016

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

8/10/2016

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

8/8/2016

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

8/6/2016

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

7/18/2016

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

7/15/2016

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

7/14/2016

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

7/13/2016

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

7/11/2016

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

7/6/2016

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

6/28/2016

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

6/27/2016

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

6/26/2016

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

6/23/2016

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

6/22/2016

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

6/21/2016

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

6/20/2016

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

6/19/2016

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

6/18/2016

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

6/16/2016

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

6/15/2016

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

6/14/2016

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

6/13/2016

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

6/8/2016

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

6/7/2016

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

6/2/2016

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

5/31/2016

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

5/30/2016

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

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