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Below is a list of articles, with summary, about Indian residentials schools, the IAP and other related news.

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The shadow of residential schools

Published: September† 30, 2011 - Added: September† 30, 2011 - Publication: Ryersonian.ca

Link http://journalism.ryerson.ca/article/15656/

Residential school survivors, members of the Toronto District School Board, and Ryersonians filled a hall in the student centre. Justice Murray Sinclair, Manitoba’s first Aboriginal judge, was at Ryerson University Tuesday morning to give a lecture on the legacy of residential schools in Canada. 

Justice Sinclair focused on educating the audience about the residential school system, offering steps forward for those affected. Sinclair says that every single Aboriginal household in Canada has been negatively affected by these schools either by being forced into one, or having a family member who was. 


Commemoration Update

Published: September† 28, 2011 - Added: September† 30, 2011 - Publication: Truth and Reconciliation Commission web site

Link http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/index.php?p=3

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) has completed the evaluation and recommendation process of the first call for proposals for the Commemoration Initiative. Recommendations have been submitted to Aboriginal Affairs Northern Development Canada for the contribution agreement process as outlined in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA).

Information will not be provided by telephone. The TRC will notify all applicants by letter informing if the project was recommended for Commemoration funding as outlined by the criteria set out in Schedule J of the Settlement Agreement and in the Commemoration Guide. 


Reconciliation in Canada: Changing Paradigms Indigenous Bar Association Annual Conference

Published: September† 29, 2011 - Added: September† 30, 2011 - Publication: Truth and Reconciliation Commission web site

Link http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/index.php?p=3

The TRC has partnered with the Indigenous Bar Association (IBA) and the University of Ottawa Faculties of Law (Civil and Common Law Sections) in organizing the IBA's 23rd annual fall conference.

The two-day conference, Reconciliation in Canada: Changing Paradigms, will take place on September 30 and October 1 in Ottawa and will feature high level plenary sessions on Constitutional Reconciliation in the 21st Century - in Canada and on the Global Stage, as well as a series of workshops on key reconciliation issues facing Indigenous communities in Canada today.


Indian Residential Schools as Genocide: Interview with Professor Chris Powell

Published: September† 28, 2011 - Added: September† 30, 2011 - Publication: University of Manitoba Faculty of Arts Human Rights blog

Link http://blogs.cc.umanitoba.ca/humanrightsinarts/2011/09/28/indian-residential-schools-as-genocide-interview-with-professor-chris-powell/

University of Manitoba Assistant Professor of Sociology, Chris Powell recently published Barbaric Civilization: a Critical Sociology of Genocide.  The book launch will be taking place at Mondragon Bookstore & Coffeehouse on Thursday, October 6 from 7:30pm - 10:30pm.


Residential schools ‚ÄĒ the beginning of many failures

Published: September† 28, 2011 - Added: September† 29, 2011 - Publication: BClocalnews.com (Merritt Herald)

Link http://www.bclocalnews.com/community/130744263.html

In my last article, I wrote about our Sylix people and how we came to live in this area. We were placed here by k’wlencuten , Creator of Oneself and Arranger of the world. In that article I also mentioned the Catholic church did not teach our Sylix people. Our great-grand-parents and those before them, were the ones who taught our people about moral living.

In those days, ideal living was a normal thing; we were never told we were bad people, or told how to pray and we knew how to pray in our own Sylix language.

In fact, we knew that k’wlencuten was kind, and He cared about us. His heart, we were told, was filled with love. It was not until we were in residential school that we heard k’wlencuten hated bad people or bad behaved children. If we did wrong, we were told we would expect to be punished by k’wlencuten....


Commission deals with sad legacy of Indian Residential Schools

Published: September† 28, 2011 - Added: September† 29, 2011 - Publication: CityNews.ca

Link http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/news/national/article/157574--commission-deals-with-sad-legacy-of-indian-residential-schools

A commission dealing with one of Canada's greatest national shames held a meeting at Queen's Park on Wednesday.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is dealing with the legacy of the notorious Indian Residential Schools.  From 1870 into the 1990s, more than 150,000 First Nations, Metis and Inuit children were torn from their families and placed in boarding schools where they were subjected to widespread abuse.


Teaching aboriginal languages key to restoring pride, say residential school survivors

Published: September† 28, 2011 - Added: September† 29, 2011 - Publication: Toronto Star

Link http://www.parentcentral.ca/parent/education/article/1061593--teaching-aboriginal-languages-key-to-restoring-pride-say-residential-school-survivors

Canada must fund native language and culture programs to help rebuild the sense of identity it destroyed through residential schools, said members of the aboriginal community Wednesday at Queen’s Park during a panel discussion at which several survivors broke down in tears.


Money for education set aside for former residential school students: Common Experience Payment recipients may receive up to $3,000

Published: September† 28, 2011 - Added: September† 29, 2011 - Publication: Nunatsiaq Online

Link http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674money_for_education_set_aside_for_former_residential_school_students/

If you’re a former Inuit residential school student who was eligible for a Common Experience Payment, you might also qualify for up to $3,000 in education subsidies out of the program’s multi-millions in leftover funds.

The deadline to apply for the CEP program, part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement for former Inuit or First Nations residential school students, fell on Sept. 19.


Revitalizing Reconciliation in Ontario: A Cross-Cultural Dialogue

Published: September† 27, 2011 - Added: September† 28, 2011 - Publication: Truth and Reconciliation Commission web site

Link http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/File/pdfs/F4_%20LG%20Event%20Sept%2028%202011_overview%20and%20agenda.pdf

Revitalizing Reconciliation in Ontario: A Cross-Cultural Dialogue

On September 28, 2011, Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable David C. Onley, will host the first of a series of dialogues on revitalizing reconciliation in Ontario. His Excellency, along with invited guests, will join the TRC’s circle of Honourary Witnesses.

The dialogue will bring Residential School Survivors and other Aboriginal People together with non-Aboriginal people from various sectors in the province to discuss meaningful ways in which all Ontarians can work together towards reconciliation.


Aboriginal residential school survivors share stories

Published: September† 27, 2011 - Added: September† 28, 2011 - Publication: Toronto Star

Link http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1060676--aboriginal-residential-school-survivors-share-stories

By the time it was 7-year-old Shirley Williams’s turn to be sent off to residential school, her father had had enough.

After seeing the emotional damage such schools had caused his six older children, the Ojibwa father of nine struck a deal with the local priest in Wikwemikong reserve on Manitoulin Island: Let me keep Shirley until she’s 10 and I’ll school her here at home.

And so, when she left three years later by boat for the girls school where she would spend the next eight years, her Ojibwa roots were deep enough, her identity and language strong enough they could not be stripped away no matter how hard the school would try.

But she can still recall the sting of the strap for speaking Ojibwa to a cousin in the hall.


Ryerson University Hosts Special Lecture on Legacy of Residential School

Published: September† 26, 2011 - Added: September† 27, 2011 - Publication: Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada web site

Link http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/index.php?p=3

Truth and Reconciliation Commission chair Justice Murray Sinclair will discuss the importance of education in reconciling with the legacy of Canada’s residential school system at a special lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at Toronto's Ryerson University.

Hosted by Ryerson University’s Aboriginal Education Council, Justice Sinclair will discuss how education needs to be at the heart of helping not only children and survivors of Canada’s residential school system, but also Canadians, come to grips and reconcile the effects of its legacy.

 


Out of Darkness filmmaker holds fundraiser in Toronto

Published: September† 26, 2011 - Added: September† 27, 2011 - Publication: Digital Journal

Link http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/311987

In 1955 GlennaMae saw the murder of three Native teenage boys who attended a residential school at the hand of her father. In 1991 she reported the crime to the police who quickly closed it without pressing charges.

What happens when you witness a murder and no one cares about those who died?

GlennaMae was just a 9-year-old abused child when she saw her abuser kill three Native teenagers. It took her 55 years to gather the courage to tell her story to the police. When she did tell her story it was pushed away and the case was quickly closed.
GlennaMae's story compelled first time filmmaker Jennifer Breckenridge to tell her story and the story of locating the families of the boys who were murdered in Out of Darkness..

IMPACT 11 play a riveting one-woman performance

Published: September† 26, 2011 - Added: September† 26, 2011 - Publication: Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Link http://www.infomedia.gc.ca/ainc-inac/articles/unrestricted/2011/09/ain201194332674122_28.htm

You enter a room resembling a large, black box and sit down on a chair.

   An actor dressed in black sits, slouched, on one of three small black stools. The only other props are a small black table and a stretched animal skin mounted on the wall.

   The actor is oblivious to the audience until the play begins and she whispers her infant's name, "Eliza."

   So begins This Is My Drum, one of five mainstage offerings presented in venues throughout downtown Kitchener by IMPACT 11.

The riveting one-woman show - conceived, created by and starring Heather Majaury in development with Pat the Dog theatre - is one of the local entries in this year's international festival.

   Sensitively and insightfully directed by Badih Abou Chakra, the performance is both compelling and engaging as audience members are taken on a 65-minute journey into the heart and soul of a contemporary First Nations woman "too white to be Indian."

En route, Majaury explores the treacherous terrain that Canada's First Nations peoples inhabit, including a sad history of residential schools and orphanages, religious appropriation of traditional ways, land claims and public protests, status versus non-status bureaucracy, ecological degradation, oppressive state intervention and violence toward women.


Sqaumish Nation stars play soccer for Spain

Published: September† 25, 2011 - Added: September† 26, 2011 - Publication: North Shore News

Link http://www.nsnews.com/sports/Family+team/5455636/story.html

FOR Lyle Reginald, a man who spent the last 23 years of his life cheering on his children at every opportunity, there is only one drawback to having two of his daughters head off to Spain to play semipro soccer against some of Europe's best players: he can't be there to watch.

It's not that the North Vancouver father simply enjoys watching his kids play sports. It's that he needs to watch. It's who he is, and it's the foundation of his family. Lyle, himself a star athlete in his younger days, grew up with no one watching him. It's a feeling his five children have never known.

Lyle Reginald was born to a Swedish father he never met and a mother from the Squamish Nation who sent him and his older brother off to St. Mary's Mission and Residential School in Mission, B.C., 70 kilometres away from their hometown of North Vancouver. As a First Nations child with blond hair, Lyle heard it from both sides.


Health Fair held near Portage la Prairie

Published: September† 23, 2011 - Added: September† 26, 2011 - Publication: Central Plains Herald-Leader

Link http://www.portagedailygraphic.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3310394

Long Plain First Nation held its annual health fair at Keeshkeemaquah Conference & Gaming Centre, which saw a variety of organizations come together to address Aboriginal health issues.

Some of the highlights included National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP), the Dakota Ojibway Police Service, the Long Plain Head Start program, Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council, national Brighter Futures program, and the Anish Corporation, which represented the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.


Access to health care helps First Nations

Published: September† 23, 2011 - Added: September† 26, 2011 - Publication: Postmedia News (Nanaimo Daily News)

Link http://www.canada.com/Access+health+care+helps+First+Nations/5447968/story.html

The use of so-called "Indian hospitals" marked a dark time in the history of Canada's health-care system.

Within the walls of these institutions, many aboriginal people endured experiments and were sterilized. As with residential schools, these hospitals aimed to assimilate aboriginal people into the general population. Those thought to be suffering from tuberculosis and other diseases were split from their families and taken to facilities hundreds of kilometres away.


Aboriginal 'crisis' must be stopped: Bartleman urges Canadians to help

Published: September† 25, 2011 - Added: September† 26, 2011 - Publication: Ottawa Citizen

Link http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Aboriginal+crisis+must+stopped/5455083/story.html

Many First Nations communities in northern Ontario are facing a "crisis situation" that is quickly deteriorating and will continue to do so if Canadians don't take notice and help, says James Bartleman.

During a Saturday night talk at Parkdale United Church, Ontario's former lieutenant-governor pleaded with the audience of about 50 to attempt "to understand what's below the surface" when they see homeless or struggling First Nations people, or hear their stories.

Cycles of abuse which began with the first generation of residential school students continue even now, decades after their closing, he said, and have to be addressed if rampant youth suicide rates are ever going to be curbed.


Judges have 'role to play,' says TRC chairman

Published: September† 22, 2011 - Added: September† 23, 2011 - Publication: Regina Leader-Post

Link http://www.leaderpost.com/Judges+have+role+play+says+chairman/5444589/story.html

The chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada told judges gathered in Regina for an annual conference that they have “an important role to play in assisting this country to come to terms with its past.”

Justice Murray Sinclair, who was appointed chairman of the TRC in 2009 and will hold that position until 2014, on Thursday told the Canadian Association of Provincial Court Judges conference about the commission’s work and its challenges. He also discussed how judges can be part of reconciliation efforts.


The Residential School Story...in Ontario

Published: September† 20, 2011 - Added: September† 23, 2011 - Publication: Mennonite Central Committee web site

Link http://ontario.mcc.org/stories/news/residential-school-storyin-ontario

Mennonite Residential Schools: An Information Session - MCC Ontario has been invited by First Nation partners in North western Ontario to help our churches understand the history and impact of three former Mennonite operated schools for Aboriginal children, Stirland Lake, Cristal Lake and Poplar Hill, all of which are part of the "Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement".  Our guest presenter will be Sam Achneepineskum, coordinator of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation Residential School Program. Tuesday October 4, St Jacobs Mennonite Church. Dessert and coffee at 6:30, Program at 7 pm.  For more information, or to RSVP, Please contact  Mary Margaret Laing  or 519-745-8458 by Sept. 30.
 


The continuous legacy of the RSS: Investigation into First Nations children’s welfare reveals an undesirable reality

Published: September† 22, 2011 - Added: September† 23, 2011 - Publication: The McGill Daily

Link http://www.mcgilldaily.com/2011/09/the-continuous-legacy-of-the-rss/

The establishment of the residential school system (RSS) in the 19th century was a dark stain of prejudice in Canadian history that continues to show its devastating effects today. Although these schools – which were created to assimilate the aboriginal peoples of Canada into European-Canadian society – no longer exist, the current circumstances in these communities are grievous as there are more First Nations children in care right now than that at the height of the RSS. A major study conducted in 2005 puts the number of First Nations children no longer living with their parents at 27,500. Further data produced since then solidly suggest that the numbers are continuously growing.


Lac La Ronge Indian Band seeks residential school status for Timber Bay: The status application could grant compensation rights for more than 2,000 former students

Published: September† 21, 2011 - Added: September† 23, 2011 - Publication: CKOM News Talk 650 Saskatoon

Link http://www.ckom.com/story/lac-la-ronge-indian-band-seeks-residential-school-status-timber-bay/24113

A meeting was held Wednesday morning to discuss Timber Bay Children's Home's application for residential school status.

The northern Saskatchewan school was originally left off the list because it is not affiliated with the Catholic or Anglican churches.
 


Nouvelle r√©sidence pour a√ģn√©s √† La Tuque

Published: September† 23, 2011 - Added: September† 23, 2011 - Publication: Le Nouvelliste (Trois-Rivi√®res)

Link http://www.cyberpresse.ca/le-nouvelliste/vie-regionale/haute-mauricie/201109/23/01-4450514-nouvelle-residence-pour-aines-a-la-tuque.php?utm_categorieinterne=trafficdrivers&utm_contenuinterne=cyberpresse_B9_vie-regionale_30217_section_POS4

Le terrain de l'ancienne chapelle du pensionnat autochtone à La Tuque accueillera une nouvelle résidence pour personnes âgées de dix lits réalisée en partenariat public-privé (PPP).

Le Centre de santé et des services sociaux (CSSS) du Haut-Saint-Maurice s'associe à un promoteur privé pour mettre en place cette résidence de type ressources intermédiaires. Le projet est estimé à environ six millions $.

Cette nouvelle ressource intermédiaire privée sera destinée aux personnes ayant certaines difficultés cognitives telles celles engendrées par la maladie d'Alzheimer. L'appel d'offres émis par le CSSS prévoit la possibilité d'augmenter le nombre de lits à vingt si les besoins se font sentir.


Timber Bay Children's Home Update

Published: September† 20, 2011 - Added: September† 22, 2011 - Publication: Lac La Ronge Indian Band web site

Link http://llrib.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=182&Itemid=1

The following documentation is meant to inform all the Timber Bay Children's home students of the progress in Lac La Ronge Indian Band efforts to have the school added as a residential school under the Class action Residential school agreement. In the event Timber Bay I recognized residential school, this would entitle all former students to compensation as follows:

1) Common Experience payment
2) Independent assessment process.


Residential school history shared in Labrador

Published: September† 21, 2011 - Added: September† 22, 2011 - Publication: CBC.ca (Newfoundland and Labrador)

Link http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2011/09/21/nl-labrador-hearings-residential-school-921.html

Roughly one hundred people crammed into a room in Happy Valley-Goose Bay Tuesday to give their accounts of the harsh treatment they endured at boarding and residential schools.

People gathered to share a history previously untold at a public hearing of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.


YP tackles scourge of addictions: A re-elected Yukon Party government would provide the city with a new Alcohol and Drug Services (ADS) treatment centre, Premier Darrell Pasloski promised today.

Published: September† 21, 2011 - Added: September† 22, 2011 - Publication: Whitehorse Daily Star

Link http://www.whitehorsestar.com/archive/story/yp-tackles-scourge-of-addictions/

A re-elected Yukon Party government would provide the city with a new Alcohol and Drug Services (ADS) treatment centre, Premier Darrell Pasloski promised today.

He spoke to members of the media alongside candidates Marian Horne, who is the Minister of Justice, and Mike Nixon.

“Land-based treatment is a quintessential part of this program to get First Nations governments involved,” said Horne.

“I attended residential school, so I am well aware of the residual effects that it has had on or individuals, so we must treat these among the communities as well. We have the KDFN (Kwanlin Dun First Nation) land-based treatment centre right now and would like to see the First Nations involved. Many First Nations have their own land-based treatment centres and these individuals can transition from the Sarah Steele to the First Nations.”


Les affaires autochtones

Published: September† 21, 2011 - Added: September† 22, 2011 - Publication: D√©bats de la Chambre des communes (Hansard)

Link http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Pub=hansard&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=1&Language=F#Int-4261820

Mme Linda Duncan (Edmonton—Strathcona, NPD)

Qu'entend faire le gouvernement pour veiller à ce que les survivants des pensionnats indiens soient indemnisés équitablement?

L'hon. John Duncan (ministre des Affaires autochtones et du développement du Nord canadien, PCC):  
    Monsieur le Président, notre gouvernement demeure déterminé à veiller à ce que les victimes de ce sombre chapitre de notre histoire soient indemnisés équitablement. Nous avons adopté une stratégie de sensibilisation populaire mise en oeuvre par l'Assemblée des Premières nations et d'autres organisations autochtones. Elle est offerte en 16 langues autochtones, en anglais et en français. Cette stratégie de sensibilisation a été mise au point par toutes les parties à l'accord de règlement et approuvée par les tribunaux. Les parties et les tribunaux ont déterminé qu'elle est très efficace. La sensibilisation continue.

Aboriginal Affairs

Published: September† 21, 2011 - Added: September† 22, 2011 - Publication: House of Commons Debates (Hansard)

Link http:///www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Pub=hansard&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=1#Int-4261820

Ms. Linda Duncan (Edmonton—Strathcona, NDP)

What will the government do to ensure all residential school survivors are fairly compensated?

Hon. John Duncan (Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, CPC):  

    Mr. Speaker, our government remains committed to ensuring that victims from this dark chapter in our history are fairly compensated. We have conducted a grassroots outreach strategy implemented by the Assembly of First Nations and other aboriginal organizations. We did this in 16 aboriginal languages, English and French. This overall outreach strategy was developed by all parties to the settlement and approved by the courts. It has been deemed highly effective by the courts and all the parties to the agreement. The outreach is ongoing.


U of M sociologist accepts award to study native issues

Published: September† 21, 2011 - Added: September† 21, 2011 - Publication: Winnipeg Free Press

Link http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/u-of-m-sociologist-accepts-award-to-study-native-issues-130255243.html

UNIVERSITY of Manitoba sociologist Andrew Woolford is headed to New Mexico after Christmas as a Fulbright scholar and he couldn't be happier.

"I mean, you always want to be optimistic and I'm always surprised when I win something, but this? This is a big one," Woolford said Tuesday, after the university announced he'd nabbed the award.

After the world-famous Rhodes Scholarship, the American-based Fulbright is probably the best-known academic plum for scholars.

Woolford's research will compare the experiences of aboriginal residential schools in Canada and the United States.


‚ÄėI wasn‚Äôt taught how to love‚Äô

Published: September† 21, 2011 - Added: September† 21, 2011 - Publication: The Telegram (St. John's)

Link http://www.thetelegram.com/News/Local/2011-09-21/article-2754400/I-wasnt-taught-how-to-love/1

When Kay Adams paused to take a breath before continuing her story, you could have heard a pin drop in the room full of people.

All the Inuk woman remembers about arriving at the school dormitory in North West River years ago was that no one was there to meet her.

She said she felt the loneliness for years afterwards.

“I wasn’t taught how to love. I wasn’t taught how to be a family. I knew none of that,” she said.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was in Happy Valley-Goose Bay Tuesday and some residential school survivors told their stories for the first time.


Residential School compensation deadline: September 19, 2011

Published: September† 16, 2011 - Added: September† 21, 2011 - Publication: Aboriginal Multi-Media Society (Windspeaker)

Link http://www.ammsa.com/publications/windspeaker/residential-school-compensation-deadline-september-19-2011

Aboriginal people who were forced to attend residential schools have until the end of Monday September 19 to apply for a Common Experience Payment, the federal government’s $10,000 compensation for what they endured.


Last day for CEP residential school applications: More than 2,450 Nunavut Inuit have applied so far

Published: September† 19, 2011 - Added: September† 20, 2011 - Publication: Nunatsuaq Online

Link http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674last_day_for_cep_residential_school_applications/

Former students of aboriginal residential schools have one last chance to apply for compensation under the Common Experience Payment program.

The deadline for receipt of CEP applications falls on Sept. 19.

To date, 4,364 Inuit have applied and received a CEP cheque, according to the federal government’s latest numbers.

Of those claimants, 2,451 come from Nunavut.


In the Air sputters with difficult dialogue

Published: September† 20, 2011 - Added: September† 20, 2011 - Publication: Saskatoon Star Phoenix

Link http://www.thestarphoenix.com/entertainment/sputters+with+difficult+dialogue/5427913/story.html

There are strange things done in the midnight sun and even stranger things done during Dancing Sky's ambitious homegrown production about Saskatchewan bush pilots, which aims high but hardly reaches cruising altitude.

In The Air is a product of several years of work by playwright Rod MacIntyre, who was first asked to chronicle the lives of bush pilots by the theatre's artistic director Angus Ferguson in 2008.

The production does important work in telling the stories of the north, particularly the impact of residential schools on the province's First Nations people and the attitude of those who felt the schools were the right thing to do at the time. It also captures the spirit of Saskatchewan settlers, who made a harsh land home through innovation and determination. Unfortunately, weighty subject matter is undermined by the exceedingly awkward juxtaposition of serious dialogue followed by the jazzy chords of the next musical number. This is particularly true in a song in which Erickson sews skirts and sings of the "stone-age children" in the residential schools.


Residential School Deadline

Published: September† 19, 2011 - Added: September† 20, 2011 - Publication: CFJC TV7

Link http://cfjctv.com/story.php?id=4487

Today (Monday) is the deadline for students of indian residential schools as they apply for their part of the common experience payment.  The payout is part of a settlement announced by the federal government four years ago.   Kamloops lawyer Len Marchand Jr. says there is a one year extension for those who haven't applied yet -- due to extenuating circumstances. As well there is an additional compensation called 'the independent assessment' process for former students subjected to serious abuse.

    More than 100-thousand people have applied for the common experience payment - of those, more than 75-thousand have received compensation.


Compensation deadline for former students

Published: September† 19, 2011 - Added: September† 20, 2011 - Publication: Anglican Journal

Link http://www.anglicanjournal.com/nc/news-update-items/article/compensation-deadline-for-former-residential-school-students-10048.html

Today, Sept. 19, marks the deadline for former Indian residential school students to submit their applications for Common Experience Payments (CEP).

The CEP is an element of the 2007 court-supervised Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) involving former students, the federal government and churches that administered the schools in the 19th century. The Anglican Church of Canada, which administered about three dozen schools, is a signatory to the agreement.


Some survivors won't apply for compensation

Published: September† 20, 2011 - Added: September† 20, 2011 - Publication: Postmedia News (Nanaimo Daily News)

Link http://www.canada.com/Some+survivors+apply+compensation/5428650/story.html

Some residential school survivors won't apply for federal compensation out of fear that the process will rekindle painful memories of violence and abuse, says one local aboriginal social worker.

Monday was the deadline for applications under the Common Experience Payment, a program that aims to promote reconciliation with the aboriginal community. Each eligible former student of a residential school would receive $10,000 for the first school year and $3,000 for every consecutive year.


Residential school compensation deadline arrives

Published: September† 19, 2011 - Added: September† 20, 2011 - Publication: CBC.ca

Link http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2011/09/19/residential-schools-compensation.html

Aboriginal people who were forced to attend residential schools have until the end of Monday to apply for a Common Experience Payment, the federal government's $10,000 compensation for what they endured.

The compensation provided under the Indian Residential Schools Agreement (IRSSA) seeks to promote reconciliation with the aboriginal community. It is the largest class action settlement in Canadian history and includes payment to any people who formerly resided at a recognized residential school.


19 Septembre 2011 - Date limite pour présenter une demande de paiement d'expérience commune

Published: September† 16, 2011 - Added: September† 19, 2011 - Publication: site web de l'AADNC

Link http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/fra/1316194303987/1316194387742

Ottawa (Ontario), le 16 septembre 2011 – La mise en œuvre de la Convention de règlement relative aux pensionnats indiens constitue un jalon important dans les efforts déployés par le Canada pour favoriser la réconciliation avec les peuples autochtones ainsi qu’entre les Autochtones et les non‑Autochtones.

Le 19 septembre 2011 marque la date limite pour présenter une demande de Paiement d’expérience commune aux termes de la Convention de règlement. Le Paiement d’expérience commune est versé à l’ensemble des anciens élèves des pensionnats indiens admissibles. Affaires autochtones et Développement du Nord Canada encourage les anciens élèves des pensionnats indiens admissibles à présenter une demande de Paiement d’expérience commune. À ce jour, on a traité plus de 99 000 des 102 000 demandes reçues.


September 19th Deadline to Apply for Common Experience Payments

Published: September† 16, 2011 - Added: September† 19, 2011 - Publication: AANDC web site

Link http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/eng/1316194303987

Ottawa, Ontario (September 16, 2011) –Implementing the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) is an important milestone in Canada’s efforts to promote reconciliation with Aboriginal people and between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

September 19, 2011, marks the deadline to apply for the Common Experience Payment under the IRSSA which is paid to all eligible former students who resided at an Indian Residential School. Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada encourages eligible former Indian Residential School Students to file their Common Experience Payment (CEP) applications. To date, of the 102,000 applications received, over 99,000 have been processed.


Report Summary - kiskinoham√Ęt√īt√Ęp√Ęn√Ęsk: Inter-generational Effects on Professional First Nations Women Whose Mothers are Residential School Survivors

Published: September† 19, 2011 - Added: September† 19, 2011 - Publication: Prairie Women's Health Centres of Excellence web site

Link http://www.pwhce.ca/kiskino.htm

PWHCE's report, kiskinohamâtôtâpânâsk: Intergenerational Effects on Professional First Nations Women Whose Mothers are Residential School Survivors, shares the stories of First Nations women affected by the legacy of residential schools. Their stories speak to complex family relationships, mothering, identity, resilience and ultimately healing.

This report builds upon PWHCE’s previous study, kiskâyitamawin miyo-mamitonecikan: Knowing Mind Fullness – Urban Aboriginal Women & Mental Health, which demonstrated that Aboriginal women’s health needs are inadequately understood and addressed by current health services. The recommendations recognized how effects of residential schools transmit through families and communities to contribute to a cluster of health issues. Further, the gendered analysis of women’s mental health issues augments previous research findings that colonization and ongoing colonial practices are at the root of many Aboriginal women’s mental health issues. Placing Aboriginal women’s stories at the centre of research yields a wealth of ideas about health and wellbeing, how health issues might be addressed, and the factors that increase resiliency.


Pensionnats autochtones : date limite pour obtenir une compensation

Published: September† 18, 2011 - Added: September† 19, 2011 - Publication: Radio-Canada (Saskatchewan)

Link http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/saskatchewan/2011/09/18/001-compensation-financiere-pensionnats-indiens-date-limite.shtml

Les anciens résidents des pensionnats indiens ont jusqu'à lundi pour demander une compensation financière dans le cadre du programme de Paiement d'expérience commune (PEC) du gouvernement fédéral.

Les demandeurs admissibles recevront un montant de 10 000 $ pour la première année scolaire passée dans un pensionnat et 3000 $ supplémentaires pour chaque année additionnelle.


Anglicans prepare for TRC's third stop

Published: September† 15, 2011 - Added: September† 16, 2011 - Publication: Anglican.ca (Anglican Church of Canada)

Link http://news.anglican.ca/news/stories/2424?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+acc-news+(Anglican+Church+of+Canada+News+Stories)

Anglicans will attend and support the third national event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on Indian residential schools in Halifax, N.S., Oct. 26 to 29.

As with the first two national TRC events in Winnipeg (June 2010) and Inuvik (June 2011), national Anglican staff-including the Primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz-will join in the proceedings, which include traditional ceremonies, public education, and regional hearings where former students can share their experiences.


Manitoba Chiefs Want Teulon Residence Added to Official Schools List

Published: September† 15, 2011 - Added: September† 16, 2011 - Publication: Indian Country Today Media Network.com

Link http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2011/09/manitoba-chiefs-want-teulon-residence-added-to-official-schools-list/

Less than a month after an August court ruling that set out criteria for adding institutions to the official list of residential schools under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA), the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) has announced legal action to add one in Teulon.

“Canada does not recognize the Teulon Residence and claim[s] they were not responsible for the operation of these schools,” said Grand Chief Derek Nepinak in a statement. “This argument does not hold water for the AMC. The national policy of assimilation allowed religious organizations to become the agents of government in the promotion and operation of these schools.”


TRC Hopedale Hearing

Published: September† 15, 2011 - Added: September† 16, 2011 - Publication: Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada web site

Link http://www.myrobust.com/websites/atlantic/File/Share%20your%20truth_Hopedale_2011-08-31.pdf

TRC Hopedale Hearing

In preparation for the Atlantic National Event in October, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) will be in Hopedale:

September 22, 2011 September 23, 2011

9am-6pm 9am-noon

At the

Department of Health and Social Development


TRC Goose Bay Hearing

Published: September† 15, 2011 - Added: September† 16, 2011 - Publication: Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada web site

Link http://www.myrobust.com/websites/atlantic/File/Share%20your%20truth_GooseBay_2011-08-31.pdf

TRC Goose Bay Hearing

In preparation for the Atlantic National Event in October, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) will be in Goose Bay:

Tuesday September 20, 2011

Mapping the Way Building, 6 Hillcrest Dr (Former LIDC/Across from Riffs)

9am-6pm


Deadline nears for abused kids: Victims of residential schools have until Monday to file for settlement money

Published: September† 15, 2011 - Added: September† 15, 2011 - Publication: Alberni Valley Times

Link http://www2.canada.com/albernivalleytimes/news/story.html?id=27cad0a0-31f7-4369-96f0-cfc95c318180

Any former residential school students who have not yet filed for compensation under the Common Experience Payment Program have until Monday, Sept. 19 to get their applications in.

Successful applicants can get $10,000 for the first year or part of a year that they lived at one of the schools, plus $3,000 for each year after that.


L'Assemblée des Premières Nations invite les anciens élèves des pensionnats indiens admissibles à soumettre une demande de PEC; la date limite approche

Published: September† 14, 2011 - Added: September† 15, 2011 - Publication: Un communiqu√© de l'Assembl√©e des Premi√®res Nations

Link http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/September2011/14/c3461.html

OTTAWA, le 14 sept. 2011 /CNW/ - Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, Chef national de l'Assemblée des Premières Nations (APN), et Bill Erasmus, chef régional de l'APN, ont invité aujourd'hui les anciens élèves des pensionnats indiens à soumettre leur demande de Paiement d'expérience commune conformément à la Convention de règlement relative aux pensionnats indiens de 2007.


Deadline for Common Experience Payments Approaches for Residential School Victims

Published: September† 14, 2011 - Added: September† 15, 2011 - Publication: CTV Two Alberta (Alberta Prime Time)

Link http://albertaprimetime.com/Headlines.aspx?pd=2803

Following the Prime Minister's 2008 apology for residential schools, the Federal Government is offering survivors compensation for being forcibly removed from their homes and often abused.

$10,000 for their first year, $3000 for each additional year - the Common Experience Payments average $27,000, but the deadline to apply is September 19th. There are an estimated 14,000 victims in Alberta but many don't even know they are eligible.

Should there be a deadline at all? Can money heal abuse, and are there any measures to ensure recipients truly benefit from the compensation?

Joining us for this discussion is Donald Langford, Executive Director of the Alberta Branch of Metis Child and Family Services", an independent charity.

For more information please go to:
http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/goc/cep/index.shtml


Assembly of First Nations Encourages Eligible Former Indian Residential School Students to File CEP Applications, Deadline Pending

Published: September† 14, 2011 - Added: September† 15, 2011 - Publication: Assembly of First Nations Press Release

Link http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/September2011/14/c3325.html

OTTAWA, Sept. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and AFN Regional Chief Bill Erasmus today encouraged eligible former Indian Residential School students to submit applications for common experience payments as outlined under the 2007 Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement (IRSSA).


TRC now heads East to hear survivor stories

Published: September† 13, 2011 - Added: September† 14, 2011 - Publication: APTN National News

Link http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2011/09/13/trc-now-heads-east-to-hear-survivor-stories/

The story of Aboriginal children being forced into residential schools is now being told in Atlantic Canada.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is hearing people who were at a residential school in Nova Scotia.

It was the lone school in the East so students came from across the Maritimes.

This week, survivors were in Fredericton, NB., sharing their stories.

APTN National News reporter Taryn Della has this report on tears from a lost legacy.


Bringing awareness to residential schools impact

Published: September† 13, 2011 - Added: September† 14, 2011 - Publication: The Casket.ca

Link http://www.thecasket.ca/top-news/bringing-awareness-to-residential-schools-impact/

From Oct. 26 to 29, Halifax will host the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) as they hear stories from residential school survivors and others involved in the schools such as teachers and administrators.

The national event will also include a statement gathering, traditional ceremonies, survivor gatherings, educational activities, cultural performances and films.

In preparation for the event, the TRC is holding hearings around Atlantic Canada including two in Nova Scotia; Shubenacadie/Indian Brook Oct. 12 and Eskasoni Oct. 14.
 


Facing adversity with raw courage

Published: September† 12, 2011 - Added: September† 12, 2011 - Publication: St. John Telegraph-Journal

Link http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/opinion/article/1439001

The meeting of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Government House offered aboriginal people time to witness with raw courage to their ongoing struggles related to their experiences in residential schools. And listening, as they focused on their on-going adversity without any reference to notes, was astounding. For as each broke the shell of their heart wide open, and the truth of the storms of their thoughts surfaced, it was if they were free at last to sit at the feet of the world. Such poignant and catalytic examples of opening up one's whole experience of being a broken human being should never go unwitnessed.


Truth commissioners come to Fredericton

Published: September† 08, 2011 - Added: September† 09, 2011 - Publication: CBC.ca

Link http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2011/09/08/nb-truth-and-reconciliation-commission-fredericton.html

A commission documenting the stories of residential school survivors travelling the country stopped in Fredericton Thursday.

Justice Murray Sinclair, who chairs the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, said it is one of the darkest chapters in Canada's history.


'I really think they enjoyed punishing us': Commission | Hearing into what happened at residential schools

Published: September† 09, 2011 - Added: September† 09, 2011 - Publication: The Daily Gleaner

Link http://dailygleaner.canadaeast.com/front/article/1438619

More than half a century after Vaughn Nicholas was forced at seven years old to leave his family and go to residential school in Nova Scotia, the memories of abuse and humiliation remain as vivid as if he'd just left there Thursday.

The Tobique First Nation man, who wiped away tears as he spoke, was among First Nations people from several aboriginal communities in New Brunswick to speak at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's first hearing for survivors in Atlantic Canada.

Held at Government House in Fredericton, it was a day of tears, sadness and anger as former students of "Shubie," as it's known among some survivors, recounted memories of sexual abuse, beatings and instances of inhumane treatment at the hands of the priests and nuns who ran the residential school for the government.


Diffusion web des audiences de l'Atlantique

Published: September† 07, 2011 - Added: September† 08, 2011 - Publication: Site web de la Commission de v√©rit√© et r√©conciliation du Canada

Link http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/index.php?p=15

Les audiences de l'Atlantique débutent le 8 septembre à Fredericton au Nouveau-Brunswick. Si vous n'êtes pas en mesure d'y assister, veuillez cliquer ici afin de participer via notre diffusion web au  www.myrobust.com/websites/atlantic/index.php?p=413


Atlantic Hearings Webcast

Published: September† 07, 2011 - Added: September† 08, 2011 - Publication: Truth and Reconciliation Commission web site

Link http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/index.php?p=3

The Atlantic Regional Hearings begin September 8, at Government House in Fredericton, NB. Those who cannot participate in person can watch and listen to the proceedings via webcast at www.myrobust.com/websites/atlantic/index.php?p=406

 


Truth commission heads to Baker Lake: 50 former residential school students live in the community

Published: September† 07, 2011 - Added: September† 08, 2011 - Publication: CBC.ca (North)

Link http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2011/09/07/baker-lake-truth-commission.html

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission will hold a hearing in Baker Lake, Nunavut this fall to hear from former residential school students and their families.

Commissioner Marie Wilson will make a trip to the small community of 1,700 on Nov. 15.


Plus que 12 jours pour les demandes d'indemnisation des ex-pensionnaires autochtones

Published: September† 07, 2011 - Added: September† 08, 2011 - Publication: Radio-Canada.ca (Alberta)

Link http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/alberta/2011/09/07/004-fin-demandes-indemnisations-pensionnats-autochtones.shtml

Les anciens pensionnaires des écoles résidentielles autochtones n'ont qu'au 19 septembre pour faire une demande de compensation financière auprès du gouvernement fédéral.

Les victimes peuvent recevoir un minimum de 10 000 dollars pour la première année de résidence et jusqu'à 3 000 dollars pour les années suivantes. Ce paiement du gouvernement fédéral vise à réparer une partie des torts subis par les Autochtones et leurs communautés.


There will be a day of reckoning

Published: September† 07, 2011 - Added: September† 07, 2011 - Publication: Toronto Star

Link http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1050095--goar-there-will-be-a-day-of-reckoning

Lawyer Kirk Baert is preparing to take on the provincial government in a multi-billion-dollar class-action suit, representing a forgotten group of Ontarians. He is confident they’ll win. “We’re more than a match for the province,” he says. “The government can face reality and settle or it can go to trial and pay three times as much.”

His clients are the thousands of mentally ill children and adults locked in “insane asylums” between 1945 and 2009. Hidden from sight and helpless, they endured decades of sadistic discipline.

Baert, a partner at Koskie Minsky in Toronto, has a track record to back up his confidence. In 2007, he won a $4 billion class action on behalf of aboriginal students of government-sanctioned residential schools. Last year, he won a $41 million judgment against Vale Inco on behalf of Port Colborne homeowners.


'Most Teachers Don't Know Who First Nations Are': We all pay when Aboriginal kids aren't given their best chance to learn. Second in a series.

Published: September† 07, 2011 - Added: September† 07, 2011 - Publication: The Tyee.ca

Link http://thetyee.ca/News/2011/09/07/Teachers-Teaching-Aboriginals/

Only five per cent of British Columbia's population has First Nation or Metis ancestry. But find yourself on Vancouver's notorious East Hastings strip, and you could be forgiven for thinking the ratio was much higher.

The neighbourhood is no reflection of British Columbia's entire Aboriginal population, nor is it where most live. What the disproportionately high First Nations and Metis population in the Downtown Eastside does illustrate, tragically, is the nightmare consequences of a singular social and political failure.

The historic cultural repression of residential schools, and a public school curriculum that ignores Aboriginal existence in Canada, have created generations of spiritually and financially impoverished individuals, bruised by a system indifferent to their needs, who often turn to addiction, crime or begging to survive.


List of global atrocities includes residential schools: U of M professor pens genocide book

Published: September† 07, 2011 - Added: September† 07, 2011 - Publication: Winnipeg Free Press

Link http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/list-of-global-atrocities-includes-residential-schools-129359608.html

CANADIANS shouldn't be hypocritical about genocide, says University of Manitoba sociology Prof. Chris Powell -- we have our own shameful history.

Powell's new book Barbaric Civilization: A Critical Sociology of Genocide includes residential schools in a lengthy list of world atrocities.

The United Nations defines genocide as actions carried out to destroy all or part of a group, and one key factor within that definition is the forcible transfer of children, Powell said.

"That plainly happened in Indian residential schools."

Far too many Canadians are unaware that aboriginal children were removed from their families and harshly punished if they spoke their own language or practised their spirituality and cultural traditions at residential schools, Powell said.


Tell the Truth

Published: September† 07, 2011 - Added: September† 07, 2011 - Publication: The Daily Gleaner

Link http://dailygleaner.canadaeast.com/opinion/article/1437770

Forced assimilation was the official government policy.

From the mid 1800s until the late 1900s, the method of choice for achieving the forced assimilation of aboriginal children was through placement in one of 130 residential schools.

There is a long legacy of the schools in Canada. At least 10 generations came through this system of forced assimilation.

If you have been affected by residential schools, even if you weren't a student of one, you're invited to attend. And if you had nothing to do with residential schools but wish to bear witness to this process, you too are invited to Government House on Thursday.

Our hope is for truth and reconciliation.


Group to hear from residential school survivors

Published: September† 07, 2011 - Added: September† 07, 2011 - Publication: The Daily Gleaner

Link http://dailygleaner.canadaeast.com/cityregion/article/1437808

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada will be in Fredericton on Thursday to hear from survivors of residential schools in this part of the country and their children and grandchildren.

Justice Murray Sinclair is a commissioner with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The commission will be in Fredericton on Thursday to hear from residential school survivors.

The one-day hearing will be held at Government House on Woodstock Road from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is expected to hear from people who stayed at the only residential school in Atlantic Canada, which was located in Shubenacadie, N.S.


Introductory Essay: Canada’s Own Brand of Truth

Published: August† 29, 2011 - Added: September† 06, 2011 - Publication: The International Indigenous Policy Journal (Volume 2, Issue 3, Article 1)

Link http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1056&context=iipj

The question of how societies might reach some kind of truth or reconciliation is complicated in post-conflict societies, where physical and social devastation is obvious. Yet in socalled “settler” societies, evidence of that kind of devastation, including the gross violation of human rights and blatant abuse, along with the lasting impact of that abuse, remains invisible to many, as outlined by the authors who have contributed to this special edition. The latter is, unfortunately, the case in Canada, where the Indian Residential Schools (IRS) operated from the 19th Century until the last school closed in 1996.


Outreach workers looking for residential school survivors before payment deadline

Published: September† 04, 2011 - Added: September† 06, 2011 - Publication: Edmonton Journal

Link http://www.edmontonjournal.com/life/Outreach+workers+looking+residential+school+survivors+before+payment/5353202/story.html

EDMONTON — With the deadline fast approaching for federal residential schools compensation, outreach workers in Edmonton’s inner city are concerned some eligible people will miss out.

The last day to apply for government’s Common Experience Payments is Sept. 19. Anyone who attended a federally-run Indian Residential School can receive $10,000 for their first year of attendance and $3,000 for any additional years. To be eligible, applicants must show their original birth certificate or two pieces of ID.


Youth advocate hopes to inspire by leadership

Published: September† 05, 2011 - Added: September† 06, 2011 - Publication: Truro Daily News

Link http://www.trurodaily.com/News/Local/2011-09-05/article-2740954/Youth-advocate-hopes-to-inspire-by-leadership/1

Looking around her community at some of the issues facing today's youth - drugs, alcohol and technological attractions - Ashley Julian has concerns.

But, more importantly, perhaps, she has hope.

Julian, 25, who grew up in the native community of Indian Brook, is youth co-ordinator at the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs. She has also served as the female representative for Nova Scotia/Newfoundland on the Assembly of First Nations National Youth Council and recently completed a year's term as co-chair of that body.

In January 2010 Julian established the Youthlink conference - to look at barriers to post-secondary opportunities for first nations youth. "Because a lot of our students going to post secondary kind of like struggle because they all experience culture shock," she said.

Julian has also sat for many hours listening to the stories of elders, including those of the native victims of residential schools and she believes that more youth understanding that history is part of the key to unlocking the doors of the generational gaps between the elders and youth in native communities everywhere.


Canada out to shape better future for residential schools' descendants

Published: August† 31, 2011 - Added: September† 02, 2011 - Publication: Prairie Messenger Catholic Journal (Catholic News Services)

Link http://www.prairiemessenger.ca/08_31_2011/Tulitafuture_08_31_11.html

TULITA, Northwest Territories (CNS) -- Felicia Bravard and her three friends were passing a summer day in classic teenage style: moseying along the gravel roads, sharing a joint at 10 a.m.

If Felicia were a third-generation Canadian with an Italian or Irish background, this would probably fall into the category of teenage misbehaviour -- a phase. In a First Nations community in Canada's North, where nearly every adult is either an active alcoholic or counting the weeks, months or years of their sobriety, the 10 a.m. marijuana is more troubling.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada is trying to shape a different future for Felicia and her friends. The commission is in the midst of a five-year mandate to create a public record of the tragedy of Indian residential schools and to examine the ongoing fallout of a 130-year policy that separated 150,000 Native children from their families.


Truth and reconcilitation hearing to be held in Eskasoni

Published: September† 02, 2011 - Added: September† 02, 2011 - Publication: Cape Breton Post

Link http://www.capebretonpost.com/News/Local/2011-09-02/article-2739249/Truth-and-reconcilitation-hearing-to-be-held-in-Eskasoni/1

SYDNEY — Residential school survivors will have a chance to reflect and share their experiences in preparation for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s third national event.


Former lieutenant-governor pens tale of residential school effects

Published: September† 01, 2011 - Added: September† 02, 2011 - Publication: Wawatay News Online

Link http://www.wawataynews.ca/archive/all/2011/9/1/former-lieutenant-governor-pens-tale-residential-school-effects_21824

A novel about a woman from Cat Lake First Nation written by former lieutenant-governor James Bartleman has been submitted for consideration for the Giller Prize – the award for the best Canadian novel or short story collection.

As Long As the Rivers Flow, Bartleman’s first novel, is about a young girl who is taken from her home, sent to residential school and how, 10 years later, she attempts to re-adapt to life in her community.


Indian Residential Schools Settlement Update for August 31, 2011

Published: August† 31, 2011 - Added: September† 01, 2011 - Publication: NationTalk.ca

Link http://http://www.nationtalk.ca/modules/news/article.php?storyid=46528


Ontario Superior Court certifies $2 billion lawsuit against province

Published: August† 31, 2011 - Added: September† 01, 2011 - Publication: Your Ottawa Region

Link http://www.yourottawaregion.com/news/local/article/1074226--ontario-superior-court-certifies-2-billion-lawsuit-against-province

SMITHS FALLS - A $2-billion class-action lawsuit launched by a former resident of the former Rideau Regional Centre in Smiths Falls was certified by the Ontario Superior Court on Friday, Aug. 19.

Lead counsel on the case for the plaintiffs are lawyers Kirk Baert, a partner at Koskie Minsky LLP and Celeste Poltak, a partner at Koskie Minsky Class Actions Group.

“Mr. Baert was counsel for the plaintiff in Cloud v. Canada, the first Indian residential schools class action certified in Canada,” Brown wrote in an email. “A $4-billion pan-Canadian settlement was reached in the case in 2007. Kirk was designated as lead counsel in Canada to handle the nine settlement approval hearings across the country. The settlement was ultimately approved by all nine provincial and territorial courts involved. The settlement is proceeding and over 90,000 class members have made claims.”

Poltak also worked on the Cloud v. Canada class-action lawsuit.Brown said the next step in the lawsuit will include sitting down for a case conference with a judge and representatives for the province for a variety of steps including discovery of documents and determining the merits of the lawsuit.


Indian Residential Schools Student Documentary

Published: August† 29, 2011 - Added: September† 01, 2011 - Publication: YouTube

Link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQ_qiCt7tHw

Student Film on First Nations Residential schools and generational impacts (12 minutes, 59 seconds).


Residential school film aims to tell ‚Äėmost important story in Canadian history‚Äô

Published: August† 30, 2011 - Added: September† 01, 2011 - Publication: APTN National News

Link http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2011/08/30/residential-school-film-aims-to-tell-most-important-story-in-canadian-history/

The film company, Eagle Vision, plans to bring the experiences of survivors of the Indian residential school system to life.

APTN originally gave you a sneak peek into the docudrama called, We Were Children, back in May.

As APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson shows us, the set and crew are wrapping up.


Residential Schools: Canada’s Inglorious Educational Past

Published: August† 31, 2011 - Added: September† 01, 2011 - Publication: Scoop Independent News

Link http://http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1109/S00015/residential-schools-canadas-inglorious-educational-past.htm

• Critics claim that Canada’s residential schools were part of a cultural raid designed to replace aboriginal culture and heritage with European values
• Many of these schools have a severe negative impact on native people who suffered rampant sexual and physical abuse