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Conservatives should distance themselves from Beyak – TheRecord.com
by pmnationtalk onApril 21, 201780 Views
Canada’s last Indian residential school closed in 1996. The residential schools experience is not ancient history.
Nor was the residential school experience positive, despite comments from Conservative Sen. Lynn Beyak.
It’s easy to be blasé about the topic when you’ve never been around First Nation and Métis peoples who attended these institutions. It’s easy to believe certain things about the schools when you think certain things about First Nations.
But I attended Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings into residential schools in Winnipeg as a reporter. One after another, I heard people speak and cry about their experiences.
It was clear these people weren’t testifying so they could be compensated for their suffering. They just wanted the injustices of the residential school system finally and fully acknowledged.