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Support Info: If you are a Survivor and need emotional support, a national crisis line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week: Residential School Survivor Support Line: 1-866-925-4419. Additional Health Support Information: Emotional, cultural, and professional support services are also available to Survivors and their families through the Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program. Services can be accessed on an individual, family, or group basis.” These & regional support phone numbers are found at https://nctr.ca/contact/survivors/ .
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Can you hear me now?
"With life's depradations, perpetrated against the vulnerable, the Great
Mystery is raising an amazing group of whom I coin 'Warrior Survivors
As the chief of the Turtle Island Warrior Society, and advocate for
Sky, Earth and All In Between, I also stand with these Survivor Warriors
in what in all reality is a battle against the crimes of abuse
perpetrated by those whom we are supposed to trust. In my journeys, I
met such a warrior. Her name is Annie O'Sullivan; an extraordinary human
being, with Sacred Fire which burns in her. Annie tells her story
eloquently, bringing readers, or listeners, to a place and time beyond
one's own realities. She takes us successfully out of the comfort zone,
and into a world of such cruel reality as to make it virtually
experiential. Yet, through the truth of her ordeals, this Warrior
Survivor shines with strength, power and hope - not just for herself -
but for all who have been through literal hell on Earth. It is a great
honor to know Annie, and I know that through her story, you will come to
know - and honor her - too." —Chief David Little Eagle, The Turtle
Island Warrior Society
Adoptee Annie O’Sullivan was born in the New England area. Growing up in a
military family she travelled much of the US with her family as they
followed her father’s military career. Soon after graduating from high
school she left to serve in the USMC. While on active duty she married
had two children attained the rank of Sergeant and ultimately entered
therapy. In the end Annie would log ten years of counseling, private,
group and hospitalization.
WARNING: Graphic Testimony on Abuse
Canada's Residential Schools
The religious organizations that operated the schools — the Anglican Church of Canada, Presbyterian Church in Canada, United Church of Canada, Jesuits of English Canada and some Catholic groups — in 2015 expressed regret
for the “well-documented” abuses. The Catholic Church has never offered an official apology, something that Trudeau and others have repeatedly called for.
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Why tribes do not recommend the DNA swab
Rebecca Tallbear entitled: “DNA, Blood, and Racializing the Tribe”, bearing out what I only inferred:
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