Continued support for the healing of residential school survivors

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Virve Wiland
6 years ago
I work at theWoodland Cultural Centre which is housed in the former Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School. Many survivors continue to visit the building in their healing journey. We are in a campaign to raise $5 million to restore the building which is badly in need of repair. Without this building and the healing centres survivors and their families will have nowhere to go and the problem will get worse. If you have never listened to a survivor you cannot imagine what they went through. We need to look after our own people as well as all the other people on earth experiencing genocide.

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sonya almond
7 years ago
Our grandparents and parents are not the only ones whom have suffered from the effects. As a third generation survivor of post residential school effects. I was not taught my culture or history, to be able to fully understand the effects that were put upon my people. Now that I am older I see the devastating effects of how our future generations have lost their identity. I no longer see proud first nations people. I see first nations finally taking the steps to heal and reclaim what was supposed to have been in the first place. STRONG, INDEPENDENT, PROUD, HONORABLE,OUTSPOKEN FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE. Our future generations are the ones who are finally being loud and proud of who they are strong First Nations Peoples.

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Nancy Dinnigan
7 years ago
7 generations of pain can't be healed in five years. Please continue funding healing centres and healing programs across Canada.

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Harriet Prince
7 years ago
there r many survivors yet that need this service but r not yet quite ready such as myself.

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Sheri Martin
7 years ago
It brings about profound healing.... which will positively affect future generations.

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geraldine nevdoff
7 years ago
Its needed

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Brenda Wadhams
7 years ago
because Im a resential servivor

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Sophie Dench-Oudjehane
7 years ago
My grade 10 social studies class has been studying First Nations History and in my opinion, it's important for students to be treated equally and everyone has a right to proper education. Residential School Survivors had to endure a lot of abuse and I think that more needs to be done to support their recoveries.

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Max Smith
7 years ago
I watched a documentary about cyril pierre. He still has lots of bad feelings welling inside him. I think counselling should be given to survivors.

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Kat Norris
7 years ago
I am a grandmother now, and started utilizing counseling services in my twenties, only because I began to suffer such severe panic attacks that I ended up in emergency a few times. My family doctor, at the time helped me to realize that these were not brain afflictions but a panic disorder, and encouraged me to seek counseling. Since then, every few years, I really need to seek counseling and therapies, because my struggles are on-going. The panic attacks are under control, as I have learned to continue to work on searching out my issues, and letting go. But the problems are deeper, in terms of daily life, deep set anxieties, fears of ordinary situations, even getting into cabs, and sitting next to men on the bus! I won't go on planes because that's where Father Lopsinger did much of his abusing.

I have become an activist for my people, but that doesn't mean I am whole.

And secondly, besides we, survivors, is our children.

We messed them up pretty good. Me, I over protected mine. Others, have neglected theres, like the baby monkey having no human contact, is fearful of everything, and reacts fearfully or angrily to touch.

others have hyper-control of their children, using anger, physical punishments.

We're a messed up people, due to an intentional, ingenious form of genocide, which is still in effect.

Kat Norris
Salish Nations
Kuper Island Residential School Survivor