Residential school survivors spend emotional weekend in place that changed their lives

For two days, former students of the Assiniboia residential school in Winnipeg had a chance to reminisce and educate visitors about their experience.

Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais
APTN National News

A group of residential school survivors took a walk through their old school on the weekend.

For two days, former students of the Assiniboia residential school in Winnipeg had a chance to reminisce and educate visitors about their experience.

It was an emotional weekend for some.

“I think the worse thing we encountered was the separation from our own families, from our way of life,” said Theodore Fontaine. “Language was already deteriorating, although we had it inherently in us. I can still speak my language, but not as good as I was at seven because I almost lost it.”

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2 thoughts on “Residential school survivors spend emotional weekend in place that changed their lives

  1. My mother, Sarah Sinclair (now deceased) attended this school. My daughter was gobsmacked when she learned a few years ago that this building was now where missing, abused and exploited children are now investigated. Her immediate take on that was “THE IRONY!!!” And I must agree.

  2. My mother, Sarah Sinclair (now deceased) attended this school. It’s interesting that the article says it is ‘fitting’ that the building is now where missing, abused and sexually exploited children are investigated. My daughter was gobsmacked when she learned this a few years ago. “The IRONY of it!!” was how she ended this conversation .. and I have to agree.

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