In history, a great volume is unrolled for our instruction, drawing the materials of future wisdom from the past errors and infirmities of mankind.Edmund Burke
Canada has a dark history.
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation every 30th September, is an evidence.
The day recognizes the colonial legacy of residential schools, honour indigenous survivors, and is vital to an ongoing reconciliation process.
For over 150 years, First Nations, Inuit, and Metis Nation children, were taken from their families and communities to attend schools, usually located far from their homes. More than 150,000 children attended Indian Residential Schools. Many never returned. Survivors have narrated heart-rending tales of the inhumane treatment that they received as children in the residential schools. The Indian Residential schools were grossly underfunded and overcrowded. The quality of education was poor to say the least. The punishment meted out to children for the flimsiest excuses, like speaking their own languages, were grave. At the time, no one was held accountable for the gross abuse and violation of the rights of the children. Not even the staff.
I’m so sorry about everything. I wish history was different but it’s unfortunate. It is what it is. We will walk through it together. I’m hopeful that this never happens to anyone, anywhere, again, ever, in whatever form. That’s my prayer. And that’s my hope for a new world.Dapo Bankole
As immigrants, a part of our heritage is the history of Canada.
So, to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, The Immigrant Life brings to you an esteemed member of the First Nations, Lolly Andrew.
Lolly attended one of the Indian Residential Schools. She, with members of her family, experienced first-hand, what it means to be treated as less than human. We bring to you an edited version of an interview with Lolly, hosted by Dapo Bankole. Through her, we hope you can have a sneak view of the inside of a residential school and how the children lived through the experience and how they have been impacted. The podcast recording is available below for you. Please listen to it!
The hour — long interview was very insightful, touching and engaging. In the end, Lolly says, “I just want to appreciate you reaching out and asking me to do this. I always believe that the creator puts in front of you, opportunities to do the work that’s needed. My gratitude is to the creator and for us to have met at Royal Roads and doing what we did, and I say this, it’s amazing to have the support that we’ve had and for people to reach out to us. I know the creator is taking care of us. Well, I thank you. I hope we will have time to do this again in the future.”
And to which Dapo responds, “Thank you so much. And I’m so sorry about everything. I wish history was different. Um, but it’s unfortunate. It is what it is. We will walk through it together. I’m hopeful that this never happens to anyone, anywhere, again, ever in whatever form. That’s my prayer. And that’s my hope for a new world. Thank you.” We hope you find the conversation insightful.