I live on a gulf island that is all reserve except the 110 acre farm we live at.
There was a residential school here on this island.
There is a dark shadow of memories, broken homes & destroyed lives hanging over this community. I have many friends, elders who went through this
school and I have heard many of their stories. I am utterly ashamed of what my people put them through.
A child speaking in their native tongue was told to stop that devil speak and talk in English, a brother mysteriously "falls down the stairs" & dies
after refusing to speak in English, young girls raped and their babies taken, murdered and buried in mass graves. Siblings taken and held, starved,
In 1853 a ship called the HMC Forward came into the bay here (which was the location Lamalchi tribe/village at the time) looking for 3 men in
connection with a murder of a Cadbro bay sailor and his daughter. To make a long story short the ship bombarded the village with various cannon loads
including exploding cannon balls, the three men were hung in Victoria, the old village site is now the farm we live at & there is only a few living
relations from the original tribe.
Blankets were brought to the tribes on this island, blankets infected with smallpox. Boats full of the dead & dying were paddled across to the town
close by, they were turned away.
3 tribes here lost the teachings of their elders, their community torn apart & their history lost. There is far more to be told about what went on
just here, all Canadians should know what WE were responsible for so that we can understand how not to treat our fellow man.
Suicides, alcoholism, abuse & violence, illiteracy..... generational sins......
this is Our fault as Canadians
I hope I did not offend anyone with what I wrote. My children attend a first nation school here and we have been accepted into this community, I am of
European ancestry, my wife is Inuit....we have been accepted by this community.
edit on 12-4-2014 by criticalmindseed because: (no reason