In a grassland graveyard, pupils pay tribute to Alberta’s long-lost native children
Lucie Sinclair. Lizzie Devins. Charles Godin. Esther Wolf. Louisa Wolf.
One by one, the students read aloud the names of children buried in this grassland graveyard beside a dirt road marked only by two plaques erected by the government of Alberta. Then they released butterflies in the children’s honour.
Canada’s closets packed with skeletons
There are many stories that Canadians do not regularly learn in school. Its history is littered with forgotten events, either deliberately overlooked, or rationalised away somehow.
This lacuna in our collective knowledge is not limited to events which impacted indigenous peoples. You might reach adulthood without ever once being aware that in 1918, twelve ‘enemy languages’ were banned in Canada, including Ukrainian and German, and that there were periods of sharp repression even after this ban was lifted. You might not know that 4000 Canadian citizens of Ukrainian decent were interned along with other ‘enemy aliens’ from 1914 – 1920 while 80,000 others were forced to ‘check in’ with police from time to time.
Residential school era survivors tell stories
By Myles Fish – Red Deer Advocate
June 09, 2013
“Early Wednesday morning, Harry Watchmaker set out on the highway from Red Deer to Edmonton for a meeting. Not far along his journey, he looked up and saw what appeared to be two suns, one on top of the other…” Read more at:
A grandson reflects on Harper’s Indian residential school apology and the day his grandmother revealed her story
APTN National News
June 11, 2013
“It was late fall in 2005 when Alma Jane Bruyere appeared at the door of her grandson’s house in Fort Frances, Ont., carrying in her left hand a lawyer’s letter stating she had qualified for compensation for the abuse she faced while attending an Indian residential school.”
Read more here: http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2013/06/11/24358/
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Indian School Authorities Absolved in Lake Tragedy
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