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'Simply a savage': How the residential schools came to be

WINNIPEG – It was a failed social experiment stretching back to Sir John A. Macdonald that set the groundwork for decades of human misery.

The Canadian government, in line with a goal eventually described as a plan to “kill the Indian in the child,” established a system of Indian residential schools. 648 more words


Truth Seeker: Murray Sinclair's relentless quest for the facts about residential schools

WINNIPEG – The personal discovery came about three years after Justice Murray Sinclair had begun his work in 2009 as chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. 3,789 more words


Residential Schools for Canada's Amerindians

The story of residential schools for Canadian aboriginals has two beginnings. The first is the missionary zeal of Récollets and Jesuits under the French régime. As for the second, it is the establishment, in 1880, of  1,589 more words


'This is somebody’s young kid': The unmarked graves of Brandon’s residential school

Growing up, Katherine Nichols went past the Brandon Indian Residential School everyday in her school bus, but she had no idea what it was. After the school was torn down in 2000, and her parents took her to see the ruins, all she knew was that it was a school for aboriginal children. 1,345 more words



Jennifer Maruno’s novel Totem is a time travelling tale for young teens. It contemplates the troubles of Residential Schools and the importance of heritage to First Nations people. 32 more words


God and the Indian: Play about residential schools finds truth in humour

You might think you know about residential schools.

You’ve seen them in headlines since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission began unwrapping the individual horrors of the government’s attempts to destroy indigenous culture. 381 more words

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Wake the Stone Man + Q&A with Carol McDougall

“…over 150, 000 Aboriginal children were taken from their families and sent to residential schools. The result of the physical and emotional abuse suffered by so many continues to impact future generations. 2,114 more words

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