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Your Attempts to Offer "Balance" in the Historical Perspective of Residential Schools

 

Senator Beyak,

We wish to commend you for your attempts to offer “balance” in the historical perspective of Residential Schools, with the “good” that many dedicated educators accomplished over the years.  As retired educators ourselves, with a combined experience of 26 years in Aboriginal and Metis schools, we witnessed first-hand the positive anecdotes and experiences of those who gained from their attendance at Residential Schools.  Unfortunately, current orthodoxy forces their “voices” to be silenced.

We appreciate your efforts to shine a light on this matter, as lonely as it may be, in highlighting that the Residential Schools experience was not “dark” for all, and that many owe their subsequent success in life, and that of their children and grandchildren, to the values and skills they gained.

Sincerely,

Richard