residential schools

A sign commemorating victims of residential schools is attached to a fence line in front of homes east of Calgary near Gliechen, Alta., Tuesday, June 29, 2021. A new report from a group looking into children that died and went missing at an Alberta residential school says unpasteurized milk was responsible for the deaths of Indigenous children at the institution. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Probe into Alberta residential school links unpasteurized milk to children’s deaths

Estimates say up to 400 children died while attending Blue Quills residential school

 

Canada’s special interlocutor for unmarked graves at former residential schools, Kimberly Murray says the fight is not over to obtain records needed to answer “hard questions,” including who the missing children were, how they died and where they are buried. Murray speaks at a news conference in Ottawa June 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Residential school records needed to answer ‘hard questions’: special interlocutor

National Truth and Reconciliation report detailed at least 4,100 deaths at the institutions

 

The Star Blanket Cree Nation, northeast of Regina, has announced the discovery of possible graves after a ground-penetrating radar search of the former site of the Qu’Appelle Indian Residential School. Aboriginal students, principal Father Joseph Hugonnard, and staff, including the Grey Nuns, of the industrial School are shown in Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask., in this May 1885 file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/National Archives of Canada/O.B. Buell - PA-118765

Radar shows 2,000 areas of interest at former residential school site in Saskatchewan

Team planning next steps to determine how many areas are unmarked graves

 

An artist’s concept image is seen in an undated handout composition. A new project from the University of Calgary’s Taylor Family Digital Library is creating 3D digital records of some Alberta residential schools. In consultation with Indigenous communities the library has created accurate virtual and physical models of three former residential schools in Alberta. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Taylor Family Digital Library

‘Witnesses to history’: University makes 3D virtual replicas of residential schools

Project officials say it is important to preserve this dark part of Canada’s history

An artist’s concept image is seen in an undated handout composition. A new project from the University of Calgary’s Taylor Family Digital Library is creating 3D digital records of some Alberta residential schools. In consultation with Indigenous communities the library has created accurate virtual and physical models of three former residential schools in Alberta. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Taylor Family Digital Library
The site of a former residential school where, last month, ground-penetrating radar detected a potential 751 unmarked graves in Cowessess First Nation, Sask., Tuesday, July 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards

Feds looked to international missing persons commission for help on unmarked graves

The Canadian government approached an international commission that helped identify the remains…

The site of a former residential school where, last month, ground-penetrating radar detected a potential 751 unmarked graves in Cowessess First Nation, Sask., Tuesday, July 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards
Leah Gazan rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, June 21, 2021. The New Democrat member of Parliament says she will be holding the government accountable after her motion calling on the federal government to recognize Canada’s residential schools as genocide passed with unanimous consent.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

‘It was historic’: Motion to call residential schools genocide backed unanimously

Consultation with Indigenous people required to determine next steps, NDP member says

Leah Gazan rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, June 21, 2021. The New Democrat member of Parliament says she will be holding the government accountable after her motion calling on the federal government to recognize Canada’s residential schools as genocide passed with unanimous consent.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald, from left to right, lawyer Nancy Sandy, Williams Lake First Nation Chief Willie Sellars, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Minister of Crown Indigenous Relations Marc Miller walk together on the former grounds of St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School, in Williams Lake, B.C., on Wednesday, March 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Supreme Court will not hear from St. Anne’s residential school survivors

Survivors have fought a years-long battle against Ottawa to release thousands of records

Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald, from left to right, lawyer Nancy Sandy, Williams Lake First Nation Chief Willie Sellars, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Minister of Crown Indigenous Relations Marc Miller walk together on the former grounds of St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School, in Williams Lake, B.C., on Wednesday, March 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Orange Shirt Day founder Phyllis Webstad from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation lives in Williams Lake, B.C. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Orange Shirt Society founder hopeful for future of Indigenous families

B.C.’s Phyllis Webstad will be at Niagara Falls for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Orange Shirt Day founder Phyllis Webstad from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation lives in Williams Lake, B.C. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Raymond Tony Charlie with a copy of his book In The Shadow of the Red Brick Building. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Residential school survivor’s smile resonates under trying circumstances

Book author and motivational speaker Charlie still not back in his own home after flooding

Raymond Tony Charlie with a copy of his book In The Shadow of the Red Brick Building. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Witness Blanket residential schools art exhibit is now available on a newly launched interactive website. (witnessblanket.ca)

Coast Salish artist’s Witness Blanket available on newly launched website

Created by Carey Newman, the art installation had previously only been viewable in person

The Witness Blanket residential schools art exhibit is now available on a newly launched interactive website. (witnessblanket.ca)
Apprentice carver Rey Dickie and master carver Stan Hunt stand next to the log that will be carved into a monument to remember Indigenous children who died at residential schools. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

North Island carvers creating monument to children found in unmarked graves

The monument will be toured across Vancouver Island before being shipped to Vancouver

Apprentice carver Rey Dickie and master carver Stan Hunt stand next to the log that will be carved into a monument to remember Indigenous children who died at residential schools. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Marie Clements creator of the film “Bones of Crows” poses for a photograph at Elevation office during the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, September 11, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin

Residential school drama ‘Bones of Crows’ about need for truth, dialogue: director

For Indigenous audiences, Marie Clements hopes it offers ‘some relief’ to see their story told

Marie Clements creator of the film “Bones of Crows” poses for a photograph at Elevation office during the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, September 11, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin
Georgina Martin poses for a photo at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park in Prince George, B.C. on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/James Doyle

Families and former patients seek access to federal ‘Indian hospital’ records

Survivors say they were tied to their beds, forced away from their families and sexually abused

Georgina Martin poses for a photo at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park in Prince George, B.C. on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/James Doyle
Roy Johnson has been working for years to get recognition for time he spent at the Choutla Residential School in Carcross when he was too young to actually be enrolled as a student. (Jim Elliot/Yukon News)

Yukon man taken to residential school at 4 years old denied compensation for early years

Roy Johnson says he endured extensive abuse at the Choutla Residential School

Roy Johnson has been working for years to get recognition for time he spent at the Choutla Residential School in Carcross when he was too young to actually be enrolled as a student. (Jim Elliot/Yukon News)
The Survivor’s flag flies on Parliament Hill beside the Peace tower, Monday, August 29, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

VIDEO: Flag raised on Parliament Hill to honour residential school survivors

Elected officials asked to take moment while going about their work to pause when they see the flag

The Survivor’s flag flies on Parliament Hill beside the Peace tower, Monday, August 29, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Jen O’Connell, and Erica Hansom, president and vice-president of Evans PAC, near the new orange crosswalk in Chilliwack at Evans Elementary School. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)

Orange crosswalk in Chilliwack painted to honour residential school survivors

‘The hope is that it becomes a conversation piece, where a child might ask what it’s about:’ PAC prez

Jen O’Connell, and Erica Hansom, president and vice-president of Evans PAC, near the new orange crosswalk in Chilliwack at Evans Elementary School. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Marc Miller speaks during an announcement at a news conference in Ottawa, on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Deal freeing Catholic entities from $25M campaign for residential schools released

Feds chose not to appeal the 2015 court decision while also covering the groups’ legal fees

Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Marc Miller speaks during an announcement at a news conference in Ottawa, on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Dr. Cindy Blackstock speaks at the International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect conference in Calgary on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Draft remarks prepared for a cabinet minister following the discovery of unmarked graves shows Ottawa was careful to say the abuses Indigenous children suffered at residential schools didn’t happen “at the hands of the federal government.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Draft speech on residential schools edited out blaming Ottawa for abuse: documents

Advocate says changes to the draft reveal a government still in a position of defending itself

Dr. Cindy Blackstock speaks at the International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect conference in Calgary on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Draft remarks prepared for a cabinet minister following the discovery of unmarked graves shows Ottawa was careful to say the abuses Indigenous children suffered at residential schools didn’t happen “at the hands of the federal government.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Leah Gazan rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, June 21, 2021. The federal NDP member of Parliament says she hopes all of her colleagues will now recognize what happened inside residential schools as a genocide, after the system was recently called such by Pope Francis.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Leah Gazan rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, June 21, 2021. The federal NDP member of Parliament says she hopes all of her colleagues will now recognize what happened inside residential schools as a genocide, after the system was recently called such by Pope Francis.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Pope Francis presides over a Vespers service at the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre Dame de Quebec, Thursday, July 28, 2022, in Quebec City, Quebec. Pope Francis crisscrossed Canada this week delivering long overdue apologies to the country’s Indigenous groups for the decades of abuses and cultural destruction they suffered at Catholic Church-run residential schools. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Pope Francis presides over a Vespers service at the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre Dame de Quebec, Thursday, July 28, 2022, in Quebec City, Quebec. Pope Francis crisscrossed Canada this week delivering long overdue apologies to the country’s Indigenous groups for the decades of abuses and cultural destruction they suffered at Catholic Church-run residential schools. (AP Photo/John Locher)