Residential School Survivor

My father was and is ojibway, born in 1935 and passed over in 2006. He was put in a residential school at northern ontario when young. He was a strong man and at times I think he was stronger than he realized or gave himself credit for. Life for Dad was not easy which made life with Dad not so easy. However, later in my life, I forgave him and loved him like only a daughter could love a father.

I have been thinking of him alot lately and was told he walks by my side protecting me, being my gaurdian angel, going that extra mile that he feels he did not walk while here on earth. I feel he has, many times over, but I like the warmth of heart I feel knowing he is near, beside me he will walk.

I come across a song on this blog site, that when I listened to it as I typed away, my father come to mind again, in the words. So, I put the song, a few pictures of those, residential school days in a video.

“Spiritually I am native and that can never be taken away.” ~ Snowy

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In 2009, Chief Fontaine had a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI to try to obtain an apology for abuses that occurred in the residential school system.[38] The audience was funded by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. Following the meeting, the Vatican released an official statement on the church’s role in residential schools:

His Holiness recalled that since the earliest days of her presence in Canada, the Church, particularly through her missionary personnel, has closely accompanied the indigenous peoples. Given the sufferings that some indigenous children experienced in the Canadian Residential School system, the Holy Father expressed his sorrow at the anguish caused by the deplorable conduct of some members of the Church and he offered his sympathy and prayerful solidarity. His Holiness emphasized that acts of abuse cannot be tolerated in society. He prayed that all those affected would experience healing, and he encouraged First Nations Peoples to continue to move forward with renewed hope.

Fontaine later stated at a news conference that at the meeting, he sensed the Pope’s “pain and anguish” and that the acknowledgement was “important to me and that was what I was looking for.”

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