Graves without markings, at the residential schools ... How many died? ... Why? Why were their families never informed? Children who escaped ... Did they survive? Some did ...
While many community leaders, including elders and a former United Church minister, have spoken of unmarked graves on the sites of residential schools before, this is the first time federal researchers have attempted to compile documentary evidence as to the extent of these discoveries.
The material obtained by The Globe and Mail was completed by two researchers at Indian Residential Schools Resolutions Canada.
Their findings, submitted in an April, 2008, report, reveal several schools had cemeteries on school grounds.
The reason for the placement of cemeteries on the school grounds is not given in the research documents. But in the case of two schools in particular, the researchers found detailed documents describing graves without markings.
And some did not survive the escape ...
2003 Grassy Narrows ON: CLEARCUT DEFIANCEhttp://www.montrealmirror.com/ARCHIVES/2003/032703/news3.html
Another warrior, Charlie, 48, has a soft and slow voice that can be difficult to follow, but his stories are worth the effort. He was put in residential school at the age of seven and escaped several times, each time getting sent to a school further from home. Four years and six escapes later , he was in a school near Sault Ste-Marie, where the nuns beat him unconscious with hockey sticks. He still has the scars.
"I knew that if I stayed, they'd kill me, so I escaped again. I made it to Winnipeg [1,450 kilometres away] on foot through the bush, living off the land, fooling the police dogs in the woods. They didn't catch me that time until I was 21," he says. The other men his age have similar residential school stories. Nothing can happen to them in jail or in a gunfight that's worse than what already has.
https://lists.mayfirst.org/pipermail/bearwithoutborders/2007-December/001594.htmlAnd some are still finding ways to survive ...
But I wonder: How much will Canada pay for Joey Commanda, walking in fear along an isolated stretch of train tracks, shuffling his way homewards hundreds of miles in the distance, wishing his Akwesasne pals were there to show him the way. Maybe the lawyers can chip in and buy him a decent memorial. Or perhaps, they can stop the rumbling train in my mind before it hits Joey and drives his nearby brother Rocky insane.
http://cfar.proboards104.com/index.cgi?board=discuss&action=display&thread=166&page=1#563 For the participants of today's rally, just confronting the church without fear was enough of a victory. "It made me happy for the first time in a long time, you know?" said an older survivor from the downtown eastside. "Did you see the way even the cops stood back and didn't stop us? I didn't get scared when I saw them show up. Not even that f ... ing priest scared me. I guess being here all together like this was like, the start of our healing."I believe in public gardens to commemorate the children who suffered and the children who died in, or because of, Canada's 'Indian' Residential Schools. I believe it would help to inform Canadians, because we cannot begin to heal until we know the truth, a place to pause and reflect on our responsibility to oversee the work of our governments and institutions, to be sure that in working in our interests they are never again infringing on the rights and lives of others ... never again taking children from their parents and their ways, only to abandon them to unmarked graves ... thousands of graves ... all across Canada.
All that is necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.