Posts from November 2013

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Healing happens here

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“For the non-aboriginal people, it was about learning to listen.” ~Esther Wesley When it comes to tracking the process of healing, spreadsheets and metrics aren’t all that useful. It takes someone like Esther Wesley, the Anglican Fund for Healing and Reconciliation (“AHF”) co-ordinator, to sense when healing starts to happen. Wesley’s face lights up when […]

Dr. Evelyn Voyageur’s Experience of a Residential School

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When Dr. Evelyn Voyageur was nearly 10, her mother came home one day in Kingcome Inlet and told her she had to go to St. Michael’s Anglican Residential School in Alert Bay. Her mother said: “If you don’t go, I am going to jail.” Dr. Voyageur said: “We were put into these cold buildings. We […]

At the End of a Song, the Healing Begins

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At the End of a Song, the Healing Begins “We always say that at the end of a song the healing begins”, said Chief Bill Cranmer at the end of the first song at the St. Michael’s Residential school student gathering in Alert Bay on the weekend of August 12th, 13th, and 14th (2005). During […]