Category Archives: Elders

Help ‘Em Come To My Page

“It took me long time to trust white people. Really long. Because they were commanding us, telling us they were the bosses and stuff. It took a while. But now I’ve dealt with my Residential school and I can talk … Continue reading

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The Bad Words

“I knew a little bit of Hesquiaht. But by the time we got to Residential school, they beat it out of us. You know we were not allowed to talk that way. Pretty early they strapped the hell out of … Continue reading

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700 million dollars

“All our Hesquiaht territory was not even logged. But I guess it started changing when I was seventeen. The logging company that was here moved in, and they started logging. And the sad part about it is that Hesquiaht never … Continue reading

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Tradition to Welfare

“I bought that boat for my kids, for you guys. Someday you might be fishermen or fisherwomen. That’s why I bought it – so we can keep it in the family – a tradition. We are a fishing family. But … Continue reading

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Until There’s Nothing Left

“I think people…people, we are our worst enemies. We seem like we have to do everything until there’s nothing left. I used to be really disgusted with that ay. They [fishing corporations] cleaned one area out, then moved to another … Continue reading

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Choices

“As you guys grow up you are going to start understanding what choices are. Sometimes you make good choices sometimes you make bad choices, but it’s good to know you have a choice. When I was in residential school, I … Continue reading

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Elders in the School

This next week’s posts will be the words spoken by Elder, Patrick Charleson Jr. (Grandpa Pat) on a visit to the school. The school children came up with questions for Patrick, including; -what toys did you play with? -did you … Continue reading

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