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Years of listening to residential school survivors taught Eleanore Sunchild not to fear the truth – StarPhoenix

by ahnationtalk on April 12, 2019135 Views

“What we’ve accomplished at Sunchild Law has been something so very special. Not just to myself, but in the whole history of colonization.”

POUNDMAKER II — Eleanore Sunchild is a carrier of secrets.

For more than a decade, the Cree lawyer listened to the stories of residential school survivors, carefully recording the details of the physical and sexual abuses they suffered at the government-run institutions.

The documentation is part of the Independent Assessment Process that needs to be completed in order for survivors to collect compensation through the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, which came into force in 2007.

Many people who came to Sunchild’s office on Poundmaker II, roughly six kilometres south of the Town of Battleford, told her they had never spoken about their experiences before.

Read More: https://thestarphoenix.com/life/bridges/years-of-listening-to-residential-school-survivors-taught-eleanore-sunchild-not-to-fear-the-truth

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