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Letters of Support

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After my speech of March 7, 2017 for a wiser use of taxpayer money for Indigenous people, I received overwhelming support. Below, I have included a representative sampling of the thousands of letters I received.

The first few weeks after the speech were difficult, filled with inaccurate news reports, and some vicious commentary, but as many people, who had actually read or heard my speech, came to my defence, many others had the courage to write, telling their personal stories and how going to a Residential School was a positive experience for them. They acquired useful skills and benefited from recreational activities and sports. School prepared them for the future as documented in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report.

There were waiting lists for many of the schools, and loving parents, who were away trapping and hunting for months at a time, eagerly enrolled their children. Only one in three Indigenous children attended the residential schools. Others attended school on their home reserves, with Indigenous teachers and administrators.

Canadians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike, sent an avalanche of support from across our great nation, for my acknowledging the well-documented abuse, the government apology and the ensuing compensation, while also presenting the other side of the Residential School story, and the resulting successful, happy, integrated, and prosperous lives. We will spend taxpayer dollars more efficiently if we consider all viewpoints.

There are two sides to every story, as I was eloquently told by the late Grand Chief of the NWT Dene, Cecile “Cece” Hodgson McCauley, who wrote for decades that her residential school years were among the best of her life. Teacher Bernice Logan, author of The Teaching Wigwams, and pictured above with her students, still sends hand written uplifting letters about the schools around the world. Angus Cockney a school attendee, pictured above, wrote of his own accomplishments on the Ontario ski team and his son’s participation at the Sochi Olympics, all because of his education. My website is dedicated to their good news, while acknowledging the abuse, and not excusing or mitigating it in any way.

In an Angus Reid Poll, 60% of Canadians agree that what we have been doing, spending billions of dollars over many decades, is simply not working. Canadians also support the other points in my speech, a national audit of all monies flowing in and out of the Indigenous finances, and a national referendum asking every Indigenous person over the age of twelve their goals and dreams, where they want to live and their suggestions for a bright future.

Together we can chart a fresh and positive path forward.

 

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