Life as I Perceive it on the Canka Luta Waste...
And, We Are So Very NOT Amused
“I was just eight, and they’d shipped us down from the Anglican residential school in Alert Bay to the Nanaimo Indian Hospital, the one run by the United Church. They kept me isolated in a tiny room there for more than three years, like I was a lab rat, feeding me these pills, giving me shots that made me sick. Two of my cousins made a big fuss, screaming and fighting back all the time, so the nurses gave them shots, and they both died right away. It was done to silence them.”
– Jasper Jospeh, a sixty four year old native man from British Columbia, speaking while his eyes filled with tears. (source)
“We do know that there were research initiatives that were conducted with regard to medicines that were used ultimately to treat the Canadian population. Some of those medicines were tested in aboriginal communities and residential schools before they were utilized publicly.”
– Chief Wilton Littlechild of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. (source)
“We believe that what’s already been exposed represents only a fraction of the full, true and tragic history of the residential schools. There are no doubt more revelations buried in the archives.”
– Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Bill Erasmus (source)