Kamloops and the children who died in Indian Residential Schools

Grim discovery On Thursday, the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation announced that a survey of the grounds at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, in B.C.’s southern  Interior, had uncovered the remains of 215 children.  “To our knowledge, these missing children are undocumented deaths,” Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Kukpi7 (Chief) Rosanne Casimir said in the statement.… Continue reading Kamloops and the children who died in Indian Residential Schools

John A. Macdonald: Nation-builder, Nation-destroyer

Dr. Sean Carleton, an assiatant history professor at the University of Manitoba, appeared before the Holding Court Statue Working Group via Zoom on Friday afternoon. Dr. Carleton said the statue should be removed from its position in front of the Picton Library. Whig Standard, September 28, 2020.

On September 25, 2020, Sean Carleton, Assistant Professor in the Departments of History and Native Studies at the University of Manitoba, made a deputation to the Macdonald Working Group in Prince Edward County. Dr. Carleton spoke about Macdonald’s legacy as a nation-builder and a nation-destroyer, and about the difference between history and commemoration. With permission,… Continue reading John A. Macdonald: Nation-builder, Nation-destroyer

George Manuel recalls the Kamloops IRS of the 1920s

George Manuel: "Every Indian student smelled of hunger" at the Kamloops IRS in the 1920s.

George Manuel, the future founder of the National Indian Brotherhood, carried three strong memories from his years at the Kamloops, British Columbia, residential school in the 1920s. These were: “hunger; speaking English; and being called a heathen because of my grandfather.” The memories of hunger dominated. He was hungry from his first day at the… Continue reading George Manuel recalls the Kamloops IRS of the 1920s

Locating children who died in Indian Residential Schools

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s “Missing Children and Unmarked Burials Project” was a systematic effort to record and analyze the deaths at the schools within the regulatory context in which the schools were intended to operate. The findings and conclusions included: The Commission identified 3,200 deaths… Continue reading Locating children who died in Indian Residential Schools

Inequitable and insufficient funding for services for Indigenous children and youth

“We have a program called I Am a Witness, where we invite everyone to read and watch all of Canada’s documents, read and watch all of ours, and then make up your own mind.” – Cindy Blackstock, Keynote Address to Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, November 4, 2019. Canadian Human Rights Tribunal The First Nations… Continue reading Inequitable and insufficient funding for services for Indigenous children and youth