tv Documentary RT August 11, 2022 7:30pm-8:00pm EDT
ah we always shy but tobacco? we call dish. wonder rock and it's a bit shaker. rock it here and it's a big, big rock and we call it a grandfather rock. we thank the grandfather fro token after us and taken care of us as we travel they tried to tell us that this was a 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 1st too high for me, so somebody put me on the chair and my feet, they're up can even touch the floor. and they turn the power on electricity. when the cat, wendy electricity goes, you can let go. because the gen, the electricity makes you tighten it, he can't like go through you. you were tortured like that.
ah ah ah ah, ah 30 below cold. ah, edmond, our host is the former chief of this remote community in northern ontario. i fort albany. canada has more than 2000 reserves like this one they were set up in the late 19th century by the indian act. the law governing the indigenous population. this racist build, made them 2nd class citizens separate from white people.
ah. today they are known as 1st nations peoples. back then, they were savages. i am designated as indian all 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 applicable 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 said prisoners or hear it hard to resist at that time, very hard to resist. ah, ah, in from the age of 4 or 5 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 meager state allowance because 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 ought 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 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 cost o a dead sea brother broadway. and be using a child and took them from the dormitory on the 3rd floor, brought him down to the basement. and as where you had time to grow your group
after we finish with that i had the year the whole look to provide you they were like the butterfield i could never sleep because i always knew there was something there somebody, i could hear somebody moving our owner who was it was the worst part for me was always waiting. i relate this 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.
well see, dance 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, then 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. to take the indian out of the bush, the think the indian, the way from the bush, the land and assimilate him indoctrinate him with genocide, i guess there was the way of killing of people, but way of killing a,
the school is right here. figure 3 stories building 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 spot. 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. pat. spirits here. father le warriors to run over here after a beer, somebody and ran here and seek cap solution and a weapon self. there's a whip there, punished 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! full abandoned since the late 1990 s. the huts are almost intact. time had 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 who
with cold drives everyone from the sidewalk. they are the only ones left street indians. the image of a dying people ah, attempted by a better life. first nations, the youth flee the poverty of the reserves and end up here at the end of the road. in thunder bay, 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 a now 48 october is a survivor, a veritable miracle. like the rest of his family. he belongs to the last generation, taught by nuns and priests for a long time to drown his pain in alcohol. like almost half the men in his community for you. this music has kept me alive, kept me alive,
and all these years now is 1112 years old. i'm going to worst code excursions, priest to like and say name ralph roy, you know, you know, are all for took advantage of a lot of who are a lot of us are doors on winter boys walking on the ice, going to the trap line, who couldn't go back is we're early, we crossed the lake going in the bush and night time the priest decided to come and sleep beside me and why my sleeping way towards the night a friend zip my and 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 manual. 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, good drug charges. i got a domestic violence beating up my ex wife, being out my girlfriends. and as with that it's, it's hard for 3rd, the scary thing to talk with.
in his plight, otto has been able to count on his and yeah, coffee. okay. i know his lucky star covers greedy cocker. 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 cuz 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 yet 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. in 43 percent, the 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 stolen, 6 years old with stolen sisters more than 4000 of them in 30 years. i. it's a phenomenon rooted in the country's history. ah, i will never be a victory for russia. solutions you will you still wait unless you really need them,
but you look at a meal. ukraine, more is a proxy war. this is a war between russia and the united states. as among are made, it comes to not should get done in carbon dioxide. america forces are and you're not in europe to gauge in conflict with russian forces. the american forces are here and defend nato allies. what happens if nato escalates even more indiscretion? military operations become a war when you put them up? so that was a dealership and that'll that notion is my dog. i see it. i see your to us thinking plus list. gotta be a lift. so i use please be sure you can use stuff to with them. let's see what you meant. only this foolish them are in your sewage. there i speak of the girl who's
with a very taboo. canada hasn't been very good to indigenous women and girls who have been missing or found murdered because of the structural racism history. the cloning history that canada has with indigenous people and communities. and it's so shameful history and a history that canada doesn't like to talk about not until just into those election in 2015 with it to boost colonization. finally shattered a.