Category Archives: Elders

Thank-you to Patrick Charleson Jr

Once again, many thanks to Patrick Charleson Jr or Grandpa Pat, for taking the time and effort to visit the school and speak with the students. It was greatly appreciated by all, and we all learnt much from your words. … Continue reading

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I Call Them My Medicine Ay

“I’m proud now that I’ve dealt with my Residential school and how I feel about white people in general. Because I grew up hating white people. Because of how it was. I had sugar shakers broken on my head. I … Continue reading

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Grandpa

“And I used to say when we would go to workshops for Residential school and we had to go around the table, and I’d say…I heard the most beautiful word today, a word I never heard in Residential school…”Grandpa”. That’s … Continue reading

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Look After Your Family

“I’d say to them that always keep your head up, be proud of who you are, be proud to be Indian, not because somebody says “…you’re Indian” [as an insult], like we were. Be proud of…be who you are, and … Continue reading

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Coming Home

“The best thing for our kids here is going home to their parents, going home every night to their parents. We never had that. Ten months of the year we were gone. So we…I didn’t know [how to be a … Continue reading

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As Long As They Are Doing It, They Are Not Losing It

“I used to dance when I was young, we were always taught to respect our culture. By respecting our culture, we had to learn how to dance, and speak our language. After I got out of Res [Residential school], it … Continue reading

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Be Proud Of Who You Are

“Don’t be like me. When I was in school that’s how we talked – with our eyebrows. And we talked with our head. You know why, because we were not allowed to talk. That’s why I say to you guys … Continue reading

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