tv Documentary RT August 11, 2022 5:00am-5:31am EDT
into school. they tried to tell us that this was savage. this was a pagan way of doing things here that's with the school. i was electrocuted twice. i was only 7 years old. first, too high for me, so somebody put me in the chair and my feet are up. can even touch the floor and turn the power on electricity. then you can't. wendy electricity goes,
indigenous population. this racist build, made them 2nd citizens separate from white people. ah. today they are known as 1st nations peoples back then they were savages. i am designated asked indian oh lives inside i reserve to separate the we are hidden people of canada here and here the government wants to call and preserve for the i call it my grandfather's land. the indian act is still clickable to day. it was introduced in an attempt to settle and thus better control and nomadic people along with their territory and resources
. the reserves were run by nuns and priests, and their mission was to evangelize the savages to assimilate them. we're building a garden for fixtures from the school. so this one is good business for the students. girls, the nuns, and these are the brothers ah blade brothers. and that prisoners are here. it is hard to resist. at that time, very hard to resist. ah,
ah, in from the age of $45.00 children were torn from their families and handed over to missionaries to be educated. they were sent to what were referred to as residential schools. ah, the system was mandatory under the indian any families refusing to release their children or persecuted oh and denied the meagre state allowance group. i had long hair and i put it in rate. so somebody comes behind me, cuts my brain off. my hair falls over, it looks like this. ah
. as soon as the children or anything that identified them as indian was eliminated, their clothes were burned. they were forbidden to speak their own language. ah, they were issued with a uniform and a number is going to be the 1st is that's way we want to be ready for the aim was to make them good little white children and good little christians. i mean edmond and his cousin spent their childhood at saint dan's the school on their reserve, our building they didn't leave until they were 15. i remember my 1st day. i remember looking at my mom,
2 of the were walk in love. she was very quiet. and somebody else took me by them, but by then i was overwhelmed with the school. i didn't see my mom living until she was gone. and then when i tried to run back or go after her, they closed the door and the you cried, you know, it's like luke, while losing our mum. you're losing your losing your mum is come up on for ears. the 2 cousins suffered cruelty and ill treatment. it was an experience that marked them for life. even though the escape, the very worst of the abuse, the rapes post or a dead sea, rather broadway can be using
a child. and to them from the dormitory on the 3rd floor, brought them down to the basement. and that's where you have time to grow. your group after we finish with that i had the year she whole look to they were like the butterfield i could never sleep because i always knew there was something there somebody, i could hear somebody moving her own or just it was the worst part for me was always waiting. i really just like there was somebody there that's gonna grab you. that's no place to be for any child. ah, we all came home with
a dark secret generation after generation. ah, well say downs is an infamous school. it was only one of dozens in a little over a century, 150000 children attended these institutions. ah, 4000 of them lost their lives. the last residential school closed down in 1996. 0, you take the children and you eliminate all their knowledge of their history, their culture. then you're basically killing the people that grew up on these lands . that knew the land that were connected to the lab. and that's what these policies were predict the indian over the bush, that the, the indian,
the way from the bush milan and assimilate him indoctrinate him with genocide, i guess it was the way of killing people, but way of killing a culture, a nation killed in a world that is yet to see how this thing becomes the advocate, an engagement. it was the trail. when so many find themselves well the
party, we choose to look for common ground. ah, i can assure you roughly where the scores burned down. fire took it by accident. we don't know. i take me to court. i don't know. only the fire knows perhaps the missionaries are gone and now we can do our own. find our own way. we don't need to poop. we don't need the pope to tell us what to do with
the school is right here. figure 3 story skill is big enough for 200 students with you know what we never gave missionaries. we never show them our tears. we never cried . he can be slapped around like this, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, right, right on your head and face, slap, slap, slap, slap, slap, and kneel on the floor and eat your vomit electrocution. but i'm still here, i'm still standing up, but they're gone. with the last traces of the missionaries presence start to be found nearby in the
reserve. okay. just follow me. i'll make a trailer here. it's an infamous a place. nobody comes to any more. these abandoned huts were the priests, summer residences. it's too dirty. you don't want to be here. bad spirits here. father le warriors to run over here after a bitch somebody and ran here and seek cap solution and no weapon south. there's a whip there. punish himself. everybody saw him running away from the school. so they said i did it again. now, i guess he was running all the time too. for that cabin here, sir brittany or something happened?
ah. abandon since the late 19 ninety's, the huts are almost in tack. time has stood still. ah, the ghosts are all that remains of the trauma that haunts edmond and the 1st nations peoples every single day. ah, that's how i grew up in it is really hard to to get over that. how do you get over that? one day you wake up in jail got thank
a daily grind of alcohol and drugs and the life of misery that no one pays any attention to any more. in the frozen downtown streets you survive anyway, you can oh wow. a now 48. october is a survivor. a veritable miracle. like the rest of his family. people most of the last generation taught by nuns and priests with for a long time to drown his pain in alcohol. like almost half the men in his community .
for this music has kept me alive, kept me alive all these years. now is 1112 years old man going to voice code excursions, priest the like and say name ralph roy, you know, you know, for took advantage of a lot of a lot of us it was a winter boys walking on the ice going to the trap line and we couldn't go back because we're early, we crossed the lake going in the bush and night time, the police decided to come and sleep said me and why my sleeping way towards the night he went zip my
zip my my my sleeping wag. grab the man this and go i can hear some of them are my relatives didn't make it jerking themselves to death over doses. suicide, man, you know, and i've done that before. i put a gun there before. stick a needle in my arm to hoping to overdose. and i've been to jail, you know, got drug charges. i got a domestic violence beating up my ex wife, being out my girlfriends and it's it's, it's hard for her. so the scary thing to talk with
in his plight, otto has been able to count on his and yeah, coffee it, i know he's lucky star, coffee. grady carter i'm from the barrack plan. you said it was my grandmother. she always said to me, i never go to bed with dirty dishes on the table because little people walk around at night, spit on things as to why people get sick. she says, that's what i do. i usually try and do my dishes before i go to sleep. all the time . i know suffered a lot too. when the residential schools it is a memory she still finds hard to talk about. well,
i have when i had my grandson here, so i can say he's 20 here. what i had to say. so natalie say, now it is mad. came in late talking about it. but you know what? it made me. it made me the person i am today because i'm a beta i don't give up with anything i know has always wanted to break the vicious circle of trauma. she
remained silent on the subject to protect her grandchildren, bare them the fate that befalls most of the communities. youngsters. ah, unlike their loved ones, they have not experienced residential schools. ah, yet all seem to carry the burden and 43 percent of 1st nation youths between the ages of 12 and 24 have addiction issues. women are the biggest victims. in canada, indigenous women are 7 times more likely to die or to be killed than white women. victims of the violence inflicted by men, whether white or indigenous, broken by the inherited trauma of colonization,
i've been beaten by men by my partners. really bad, where my doctor, my doctor file is about that sick with pictures of you couldn't even recognize my face. broken bones. no more stolen, sisters are no more. it's dawn with stolen sisters. more than 4000 of them in 30 years. i. it's a phenomenon rooted in the country's history with
what we've got to do is identify the threats that we have. it's crazy even foundation, let it be an arms race is often very dramatic, that development only personally and getting to resist. i don't see how that strategy will be successful, very difficult. time. time to sit down and talk. ah, yes, mr. absolute mccullough. with some of the st. peter wouldn't end up with shock. can we jelly nauseous? come up with some stuff. with fold up, i started sending you multiple, i felt like need somebody with
indigenous women and girls who have been missing or found murdered because of structural racism, history, the cloning history that canada has with indigenous people and communities. and it's a shameful history and a history that kind of doesn't like to talk about not till justin to those election in 2015 with a to lose of colonization. finally shattered her own being elected prime minister, the young head of state give a message to the 1st nations community working together timely the government of canada. sincerely apologize, us and asks the forgiveness of the aboriginal peoples of this country for failing
them. so profoundly have to apologizing to residential school victims, the prime minister, tackle the scandal from us for many decades, indigenous women and girls across canada have disappeared, suffered violence, or been killed. it is shameful. it is absolutely unacceptable, and it must end with the 1st time in the country's history acknowledged genocide. this is a gift to the prime minister dustin trudeau has raised the hopes of an entire people.