Mon, 11 October 2021
The discovery of mass graves at residential schools for indigenous children in Canada has shed new light on a disturbing chapter in North American history---the abuse and neglect of Indigenous children at the hands of the American and Canadian governments. This week, we look at Canada’s journey towards truth and reconciliation with its native people. From the late 19th century until the last school closed in 1996, the Canadian government took indigenous children from their families and forced them to attend schools run by churches. Little learning happened in these institutions, which were the sites of widespread abuse. Children were separated from their siblings and stripped of their native language and culture. First we speak with Connie Walker, an investigative journalist whose family members were forced to attend these schools. Then, we speak to Ry Moran, an indigenous archivist who works to preserve the testimonies of residential school survivors.
Ry Moran, The University of Victoria Associate University Librarian - Reconciliation
Connie Walker, host of Stolen: The Search for Jermain, Gimlet Media
Teresa Cotsirilos, senior producer, WorldAffairs
Ray Suarez, co-host, WorldAffairs