Indian Residential Schools A collection of articles

June 01, 2015

On this blog we have written a number of articles on residential schools, the impacts and outcomes of those schools on First Nations individuals, families and communities.  In honour and support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s closing events May 31 – June 3, 2015 we have compiled a few of those articles that cover the schools and reconciliation.

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Indian residential schools were designed to “take the Indian out of the child”. Over 150,000 children were taken from their families and placed in these schools. It is estimated over 6,000 died while attending the schools. This is a very significant and dark aspect of Canada’s history yet so many non-First Nation Canadians remain unaware of this national tragedy. Residential schools are not ancient history – the last one closed in 1996.

It is not until every Canadian gains a deep understanding of the ongoing impacts of the residential school system that we will cease to hear “why don’t they just get over it”.

Reconciliation is not tangible and it doesn’t have an end date – it is a force that everyone needs to get behind and support. In the words of my father "we are all in this together."

Indian residential schools

Indian residential schools: Merry Christmas versus Happy Holidays

What is the root cause of Aboriginal education issues

Aboriginal Alcohol Intolerance

Aboriginal Lateral Violence in the Workplace

Open Letter to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Chief Dr. Robert Joseph Q & A on Reconciliation and Forgiveness

Shelagh Rogers Her Journey from Her Head to Her Heart as an Hon. Witness

Reading for reconciliation 6 books on residential schools

10 books about residential schools for young people

This slim little book by Bob Joseph has been described as "essential reading" for all Canadians. Click book cover to read some testimonials and/or order a copy. 

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