Canada Confronts Its Dark of History of Abuse in Residential Schools

Sue Caribou contracts pneumonia once a year, like clockwork. The recurring illness stems from her childhood years at one of Canada’s horrific residential schools. The frail 50-year-old indigenous mother of six said, matter-of-factly,“I was thrown into a cold shower every night, sometimes after being raped.”
Caribou was snatched from her parents’ house in 1972 by the state-funded, church-run Indian Residential School system that brutally attempted to assimilate native children for over a century. She was only seven years old.
Her voice and that of 150,000 other residential school pupils was finally heard across the nation this week as Canada faced one of the darkest chapters in its history. The head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), set up to examine the school system’s legacy, did not mince his words when he unveiled his landmark report.
Justice Murray Sinclair declared, “Canada clearly participated in a period of cultural genocide.”



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