Living in the Bush

“I was born in the bush. It was a pride for me to say that because I was born in the bush in a tent. It’s something that remains in my heart going to the woods, living in the woods. It’s in my heart.” Louise Bossum (from the Cree area of Mistissini) telling the TruthContinue reading “Living in the Bush”

Storytelling With Dad

When I first learned about residential schools, as a teen and more in college, I learned a lot of general facts. Horrible facts–beatings, molestation, crappy living conditions–but still general. Reading the Commission’s report, however, what stayed with me were the ordinary childhood experiences kids lost. Like this… Bob Baxter, Anishinaabe: “I remember the legends atContinue reading “Storytelling With Dad”

The idea behind residential schools

Here’s what Canada’s first Prime Minister said in Parliament about residential schools: When the school is on the reserve, the child lives with its parents, who are savages, and though he may learn to read and write, his habits and training mode of thought are Indian. He is simply a savage who can read andContinue reading “The idea behind residential schools”