WIND OF CHANGE
RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL AWARENESS EVENT
What a great opportunity to learn more about the history of the country that has become my second homeland.
I would like to thank the organizers for their great work in organizing the event and march to recognize the tragedy of all the children impacted by residential schools.
Last Sunday, July 11, 2021, an event and a march took place in Saint Albert to recognize and remember the children who were forcibly taken from the First Nations people to “civilize” them.
Many children died as a result of various diseases, epidemics raging at that time, poor social conditions, malnutrition, accidents during the escape of children from schools back to their parents, physical and sexual abuse of minors.
I wanted to see for myself how the event and the march would go.
I must admit that with deep sadness I listened to the stories of those who survived and those who lost their loved ones.
Tales of how mothers felt when their beloved treasure, their child, was forcibly torn from their arms.
The terrifying silence after the children playing in the settlements were no longer heard.
There was a deep sadness and regret towards the originators of this horrendous idea, which was forcibly placing children in residential schools.
Despite the dramatic experiences of the survivors, I did not hear any words of anger and hatred from them, I am convinced that it is more about understanding their pain, even though a lot of time has passed since these dramatic events.
A true, heartfelt word, sorry!
Please click on the image below to see the photo gallery of the event and march in memory of children who are victims of residential schools.