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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/ .
Indigenous Resistance: Tribunal on Indian Boarding Schools Oneida, WI, October 2014...
October 22 -- 25, 2014: Wisconsin event to focus on U.S. Indian boarding schools, promote healing
Skies Foundation has scheduled a Tribunal to focus on the experiences of
Native children who were forced at early ages to attend Indian boarding
schools. This Tribunal is scheduled for October 22 through the 25, 2014
at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, at Oneida, Wisconsin.
|Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School |
More than 200 undocumented deaths of
children including Anishinaabe.
Blue Skies Foundation is working with
the staff of the Human Rights Action Center, from the University of
Minnesota at Minneapolis, Jack Healey of the Human Rights Action Center,
Bill Means, co-founder of the International Indian Treaty Council, and
with Sheron Leonard, Pele Films, as well as numerous other individuals
interested in documenting the history of the Indian boarding schools.
panel of qualified Native judges will be listening to the witnesses as
they provide first hand testimony of the abuse and mistreatment they
suffered at the hands of the federal government, and of the Council of
Churches, while being forced to live away from their families and
Nations. In the words of the founder and superintendent of the Carlisle
Indian School, General Richard Henry Pratt, “Transfer the savage born
infant to the surroundings of civilization and he will grow to possess a
civilized language and habit.”
At the conclusion of the Tribunal
the Judges will issue an executive summary with their findings, which
will be shared with the Native communities.
This Tribunal will be
live-streamed by professionals out of California and the contents will
be formatted into DVD form to be used as an educational tool in the
schools, especially the Tribal schools. We are trying to provide a clear
history while we have some of the witnesses able to tell their stories.
One reason to put together a Tribunal on the boarding school era is to bring an
awareness of the treatment of Native children while in those schools and
try to begin to understand the effects this treatment had on the
survivors. We are told of the physical punishment the children suffered
for speaking the language, and of the sexual assaults, the physical and
mental violence that took place in the name of “educating” our children
in order to strip them of the “savage upbringing” and introduce them to
|Haskell, where children were beaten and tortured,|
and buried in the marsh.
We feel that while we have the ability to capture
the first hand documentation from some of our people, it is vitally
important because we will have in their own words, the harsh reality of
the boarding school experience.
NPR coverage in 2008
FILM CLIP: HERE
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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