'This is an awakening': stories of Truth and Reconciliation from across Canada
For the first time ever, Canada will recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – a day that has been called for in this country for nearly six years.
On Dec. 15, 2015, The Government of Canada committed to implementing the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. There are 94 calls to action in the final report, you can read all of them here.
Sept. 30 – declared by the federal government to be the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – is the 80th call to action:
We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.
Marie Wilson, one of three commissioners of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, said recognizing this day is an important step, as it will serve as an annual marker for Canadians.
"If we slip in our paying attention, if we slip in our efforts, we will be called to attention to take stock of how are we doing – to remember the extreme harms that happened to many in the residential school system, and to acknowledge that it happened because of Canadian laws and policies," Wilson said.
The goal of Canada's policy was to 'kill the Indian in the child.' The effects of that are still being felt in today's generation.
"There is such a long history of darkness for our people for many, many years," Elder Mae Louise Campbell told CTV's Michael Hutchinson and Nicole Dube in Winnipeg.
"All the sadness that our people have been through, all the sorrow from losing the children, from residential schools, from losing our land and our language. All that sorrow, we must leave it behind now, because this is an awakening," she said.
"This is our time to rise up again, I believe that and I want desperately to see our people rise up. They have so much wisdom, they so much knowledge, they have so much courage and so much resilience after all that has happened."
STORIES FROM SURVIVORS
Here are the stories from survivors – stories of abuse, grief, the resilience to overcome, and a sense of pride from all across Canada:
Bound by resilience: Residential school survivors not letting their past shape their future
Eddie Charlie is one of many survivors of residential schools who isn't letting his past trauma affect who he is today.
Three survivors share their stories of abuse within the residential school system. However, what binds these survivors together is not their pain – it is perseverance.
Read the full story from CTV News Victoria's Scott Cunningham here.
'I had such hatred for the colour of my skin': History of residential school remembered by generations of Indigenous people
Lebret residential school in 1885. (Source: Government of Canada National Archives)
Canada's last federally funded residential school closed in 1997, but with nearly 150,000 Indigenous children put through the system, many are now dealing with the effects of intergenerational trauma brought on by years plagued with racism and a loss of identity.
Read the full story from CTV News Prince Albert's Lisa Risom here.
Early First Nations culture and traditions were impacted by resources found in their natural world
Before the European settlers’ arrival to the Americas, early First Nations used resources of the natural world around them which impacted the structures of their society, food resources, homes, and culture and traditions. (Photo courtesy: Pat Deiter)
Before the European settlers' arrival to the Americas, early First Nations used resources of the natural world around them which impacted the structures of their society, food resources, homes, and culture and traditions.
Read the full story from CTV News Yorkton's Hafsa Arif here.
What search efforts for unmarked graves at former residential school sites look like in Canada
Flags mark where ground-penetrating radar recorded hits of what are believed to be 751 unmarked graves in this cemetery near the grounds of the former Marieval Indian Residential School on the Cowessess First Nation, Sask. on Saturday, June 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor
The discovery of unmarked graves at sites of residential schools was brought to the forefront in Canada when 215 were found at a former school in Kamloops.
But where does the search for more graves stand now?
Read the full story from CTV News Regina's Stefanie Davis here.
Millennium Scoop: How foster care is causing isolation, loss of identity for Indigenous children
Today, Indigenous children are overrepresented in Canada’s foster care system, which continues the cycle of suffering and loss of identity.
It has been years since the last of Canada’s residential schools closed its doors, but the hardship continues. Today, Indigenous children are overrepresented in Canada’s foster-care system, which continues the cycle of suffering and loss of identity.
Read the full story from CTV News Vancouver's Travis Prasad here.
First Nation welcomes clean drinking water for first time in decades, others still left waiting
A First Nation community in Manitoba can safely drink from their taps for the first time in nearly a quarter-century after a decades-long boil water advisory was lifted, but dozens of First Nation communities across Canada are still waiting for that basic human right – clean water.
Read the full story from CTV News Winnipeg's Jeff Keele here.
Canadians need to understand impacts of colonization, MMIWG advocate says
When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its Calls to Action in 2015, it identified the need for a National Inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. Yet even after the inquiry many families still don’t have answers about what happened to their loved ones.
Read the full story from CTV News Winnipeg's Josh Crabb here.
Indigenous self-governance an important key to reconciliation: policy expert
Since 1877, the Indian Act has governed First Nations communities, allowing the federal government to control everything from land to resources, education, even an Indigenous person’s own status in the eyes of the law.
Some say one of the important keys to moving forward on the journey towards reconciliation is for Indigenous peoples in Canada to govern themselves.
Read the full story from CTV News Toronto's Beth Macdonell here.
Siksika First Nation taking proactive approach to keeping the community healthy
Siksika First Nation
With heart-wrenching news stories from across the country about the racism being felt in the health-care system, an Alberta First Nation is taking the health of its members into its own hands, and the programs are having a positive impact on the lives of people living on the reserve.
Read the full story from CTV News Calgary's Kevin Fleming here.
'Taking back the space': Canadians re-examining symbols of colonialism across the country
Brent Oliver (left) and Hunter Cardinal (right) walk through Oliver Park. Both of them are working to change the name of the park, named after a man with a dark legacy. (Source: Touria Izri/ CTV News Edmonton)
Symbols of colonialism surround Canadians in many forms including street names or schools, and many people are looking to take back those spaces. For a community in Edmonton, that process is starting at Oliver Park – named after a man with a dark legacy.
Read the full story from CTV News Edmonton's Touria Izri here.
A testament to resiliency: Survivors become role models to generations rising above colonial legacies
The Kamloops Indian Residential School in Kamloops, B.C., is shown in this 1930 handout photo. (HO - Deschatelets-NDC Archives)
Indigenous people in Canada have faced adversity, trauma, and tragedy. Those who find the strength to overcome injustice are becoming leaders in their communities and are looked to as role models for future generations rising up to break the shackles of colonialism.
Read the full story from CTV News Vancouver's Ben Miljure here.
Mi'kmaw craftsman brings back stories and keeps traditions alive while building birch-bark canoes
Todd Labrador is a Mi'kmaw craftsman who has kept the tradition alive in front of appreciative audiences at Kejimkujik National Park.
For thousands of years, birch-bark canoes were a vital part of Mi'kmaw life, but these days, it's a dying art -- one that Todd Labrador refuses to let go of.
Read the full story from CTV News Atlantic's Ryan Van Horne and Cristian Monetta here.
If you are a former residential school student in distress, or have been affected by the residential school system and need help, you can contact the 24-hour Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419
Additional mental-health support and resources for Indigenous people are available here.
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As the sun set in Ottawa on Friday constant honks from truck horns could still be heard through the downtown core, as hundreds of convoy participants began gathering around Parliament Hill in what's set to be a 'unique, fluid, risky, and significant' protest, according to city officials.
As the convoy of truckers and their supporters descends on Ottawa for what's set to be a weekend of protests and potentially prolonged gridlock, what is the group looking to accomplish?
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he's concerned about the potential for violence during this weekend's planned protest on Parliament Hill by truckers and others joining the crowd to vent their anger about public health restrictions to combat COVID-19.
Nova Scotia has enacted a new order that bans highway border blockades.
Despite bearing the names of some of Canada's most recognizable figures, some donations made out to a convoy on its way to Ottawa to protest vaccine mandates and other pandemic restrictions are not as they appear.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he's isolating because one of his kids tested positive for COVID-19. In an interview with The Canadian Press, he says he feels fine and has no symptoms.
Canada's top doctor says the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has detected more than 100 cases of a new Omicron subvariant known as BA.2, doubling the number of infections from the virus lineage that were reported earlier this week.
A new study has identified an antibody ‘signature’ in COVID-19 patients’ blood that can be used to predict long-term complications. Other risk factors include severe initial symptoms and a previous history of asthma.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority expects an overwhelming acute care surge due to the Omicron COVID-19 variant.
School divisions in Saskatchewan are adjusting their practices for communicating COVID-19 cases in the classroom following directive from the provincial government.
The Government of Saskatchewan reported 1,392 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, along with two more deaths.
A convoy scheduled to make its way through Regina on Saturday is expected to cause delays, according to police.
Last Friday, Penny Fentiman was surprised by raw sewage flooding her basement due to a sewer blockage.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority expects an overwhelming acute care surge due to the Omicron COVID-19 variant.
A custom built muscle car sold to the highest bidder at the Barret-Jackson collector car auction this afternoon with proceeds going to STARS.
Street Outreach Sudbury, known as SOS, is a community-based volunteer group that helps homeless and under-housed people.
A Killarney-area angler who was ice fishing recently got a big surprise when he was pulling up a northern pike.
Terminated hospital staff at the North Bay Regional Health Centre won't be coming back to work, the hospital’s CEO said Friday.
Thursday’s report of 1,469 COVID-19 patients in hospital was revised to a pandemic-high 1,532 on Friday. The 11 highest patient counts have all come in the last 11 days.
Alberta is seeing a jump in long-term care home (LTHC) outbreaks as the province prepares to loosen rules brought in to stop the spread of COVID-19 between facilities.
More than 400 people have contracted COVID-19 at the Edmonton Remand Centre, marking the worst pandemic outbreak for the correctional facility.
Ontario health officials say they've detected at least 15 cases of the COVID-19 Omicron subvariant BA.2 in the province.
An 84-year-old man is dead after being struck by the driver of a vehicle in Etobicoke Friday afternoon.
A father and financial analyst who had been fighting for his life since he was shot outside his home in Midtown Toronto on Sunday succumbed to his injuries Wednesday, police said, leaving friends and family in disbelief.
A number of Alberta physicians say Premier Jason Kenney's comments on Thursday about the provincial hospitalization situation doesn't accurately represent what's happening in ERs.
The garden centre at a Lowe's store in northwest Calgary has a long-time visitor, but it's not a customer. It's a raven and it has been there for weeks.
Amir Abdulrahman was sentenced to five years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the New Year's Eve death of Calgary police officer Sgt. Andrew Harnett one year ago.
Quebec truckers who disagree with a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination mandate gathered at several Canada-U.S. border crossings ahead of joining the so-called "Freedom Convoy" to Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
Another city mainstay will close this weekend: 50-year-old Slovenia deli, with its bright red-and-yellow sign. But just recently, the Plateau passed a bylaw protecting some historic signs for good, so could the symbol be saved?
Gym owners are stretched thin while they have been closed for 14 of the last 22 months, the Fitness Industry Council of Canada says. Owners have accumulated an average of $75,000 to $80,000 in debt, according to an internal survey.
Ottawa's police chief is urging people to avoid downtown Ottawa this weekend with a large convoy of truckers arriving downtown, and warned that anyone who breaks the law will be prosecuted.
CTV News Ottawa looks at closures and traffic disruptions this weekend due to the Freedom Convoy protest in downtown Ottawa
CTV News Ottawa speaks with some of the people involved in the freedom convoy, supporters of the convoy and Ottawa businesses during the freedom convoy rally in Ottawa.
New Brunswick health officials are reporting four additional deaths related to COVID-19 on Friday.
Nova Scotia reported one new death related to COVID-19 on Friday. The man in his 60s lived in the province's Western Zone.
Weather conditions will deteriorate quickly in the Maritimes Saturday morning and afternoon.
A Kitchener, Ont., man who was on the run and in hiding from the Taliban in Afghanistan has returned to Canada.
Crews with Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro are working to restore power to a Kitchener neighbourhood.
A Kitchener lab that processes COVID-19 tests was ordered to stop selling them to long-term care and retirement homes by the Ministry of Labour.
On the second anniversary of B.C.'s first announced COVID-19 case, the province reported nine more deaths and a new record for test-positive patients in hospital.
The government has promised to address an oversight in the B.C. Vaccine Card program that left some children excluded from movie theatres and restaurants after turning 12.
Supporters of the proposed gondola between a Burnaby SkyTrain station and the Simon Fraser University campus gained another ally this week.
The number of people requiring hospital care for COVID-19 on Vancouver Island rose over the past 24 hours, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.
The founder of Macaloney’s Caledonian Distillery is being accused of branding his whisky as too Scottish by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
British Columbia's top doctor says some COVID-19 restrictions on social gatherings are expected to be gradually lifted by Feb. 21.