Indian Country 52 #31 – Residential Exposure
“”People talked to us about hearing loss that came with being whacked at the side of the head. That seemed to have been something that happened on a very common basis at some of the institutions,” she said.
“There were a number of accounts of children being very severely physically treated including sometimes being thrown downstairs or shoved downstairs.”
About 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis children were taken from their families and forced to attend the government schools over much of the last century to “take the Indian out of the child.”
The last school closed outside Regina in 1996. The federal government formalized a $1.9-billion compensation package for former residential school students that offers a base payment.
Those who experienced sexual or physical abuse can pursue additional compensation through the independent secretariat.
Unlike testimony given to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, secretariat hearings are strictly confidential. An Ontario judge is mulling over whether that private testimony should be destroyed once a claim is paid out. ”
– CBC News, Residential school survivors left with hearing loss, broken bones.
“Many of the former students who testified before the commission talked about being exposed to the elements without proper clothing, which could explain some of the injuries, Wilson said. Some students had extreme frostbite, inflamed ears and bleeding from the ears as a result of their exposure, she said.”
– TheStar.com, Residential school survivors suffered hearing and breathing problems .
Download the 18″x24″ poster (.pdf), Indian Country 52 #30 – Residential Exposure (Boarding Schools).
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