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(Some Guy)   It is Orange Shirt Day, Canada's National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. There is still a lot of work to do, but hopefully this is a step in the right direction. Tell us your stories Indigenous Farkers   ( divider line
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2022-09-30 1:46:49 PM  
I'm not shading subby, glad to see Orange Shirt Day mentioned.

My take on the day is that the heavy lifting of educating and informing needs to be shared. If you want to tell me your story, then I want to listen. If you're tired and want your energy for something else, that makes all the sense in the world too.

Here are some self-service links:

Days of Truth and Reconciliation | Video series | National Arts Centre (

NCTR Dialogues - NCTR

My Auntie survived residential school. I need to gather her stories before she's gone | Inendi
Youtube ToUVHjr1xK0
2022-09-30 2:09:56 PM  
2022-09-30 3:18:06 PM  
Highly recommend the Kuper Island podcast by Duncan McCue.

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CBC Podcasts' Kuper Island tells the stories of four children who were forced to attend one of Canada's most notorious residential schools. The stories can be graphic, heartbreaking and sometimes deal with physical and sexual assault.

As the island community about 50 kilometres from Vancouver grappled with the discovery of unmarked graves in the summer of 2021, the podcast team, including host Duncan McCue and producers Martha Troian and Jodie Martinson, were there as the Penelakut Tribe tried to figure out how to properly honour the children taken from them.

The eight-episode podcast debuted May 12. It can be found on the CBC Listen app and all podcast streaming services.

McCue is an Anishnaabe journalist and a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation, and hosts CBC Radio's Helluva Story.
2022-09-30 4:58:44 PM  
2022-09-30 5:08:59 PM  

optikeye: Is this a religious thing?

Survivor: The story of Phyllis Webstad and Orange Shirt Day | Canadian Geographic

Born on Dog Creek Reserve, 85 kilometres south of Williams Lake, B.C., Webstad is Northern Secwepemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation (Canoe Creek Indian Band). She lived with her grandmother, who in preparation for her first day of school in 1973, took her shopping for a new outfit. Webstad carefully picked out an orange shirt that was both bright and exciting, reflecting her feelings on going to a new school.

But when she arrived at St. Joseph's Mission Residential School, just outside Williams Lake, B.C., her emotions quickly went from excitement to terror when her shirt was taken away from her. The shirt represented a piece of home, a piece of her heart and life as she knew it. This would be the first of many atrocities and traumas she would experience during her year away from her home on the rez'.
2022-09-30 5:54:28 PM  
Wife wanted me to watch "Reservation Dogs".  I said hell no.  "Why?"

"I lived Reservation Dogs!"

we'd live on the Rez for a year, move off for a year, lease ran out, we've move back, wash rinse repeat.  It was pretty cool.  Meth hadn't really hit.  Now it's a warzone damn near.  I still go by the old house sometimes.  it's amazing.  it seemed so big.  it's tiny.  and it's weird to see the corral (my grandfather had 3-4 horses) in such disrepair.  No one lives there anymore. we still technically own the land/house, but everyone moved away.

fond memories actually but now it is just .......I wouldn't want my kids to grow up there.  I hate saying taht but it's true.
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