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Residential Schools

 

The Honourable Lynn Beyak,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank and support you for the positive comment you made about some good that was done in residential schools.

I spent over ten years living and working on reserves and northern settlements. And I remember, as a teacher, how often we had to convince the population to keep their children at home and go to the Day School, rather than to send them to a residential school.   If the residential schools had been so bad why were parents insisting  that their children go?  I personally saw a lot of good emanate from these schools. I do admit mistakes were made but those same mistakes also existed in the population at large. Yes, most people were well intentioned and worked with the knowledge they thought best.

Having family who have First Nations roots, I can attest to the fact that the worst situation is the reservation system. Personally I find it abominable that in 2017 we still have reserves, which are simply ghettoes and really a Canadian apartheid system. Shameful, to say the least.

Again, I would like to thank you. There are probably more people who agree with you; however, the Native elite have let money blind them and the media like sensationalism. I received  a call today from Saskatchewan - another supporter!

It is really gratifying to see people like you who have the courage to see both sides.  I commend you and thank you.

Respectfully yours,

Theresa