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The residential school system remains rooted in Canadian history, but its effects continue to ripple through the present and future.
 
The residential school system ran across Canada from 1883 to 1996. Throughout its lifetime, over 150,000 Indigenous children were removed from their homes, stripped of their cultures and forced through a system created to destroy their senses of identity. The lasting negative impact of the residential school system continues to devastate communities of survivors.
 
This is Survivors: an eight-episode podcast, made in partnership with CJSW and the Government of Canada's Department of Canadian Heritage, providing insight into the lived experience of residential school survivors and their families. Produced by Grace Heavy Runner, Cameron Siferd, and Jasmine Vickaryous, the project prioritizes Indigenous perspectives.
 
Download the Survivors informational zine here: PDF Download (16MB)

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The residential school system remains rooted in Canadian history, but its effects continue to ripple through the present and future.
 
The residential school system ran across Canada from 1883 to 1996. Throughout its lifetime, over 150,000 Indigenous children were removed from their homes, stripped of their cultures and forced through a system created to destroy their senses of identity. The lasting negative impact of the residential school system continues to devastate communities of survivors.
 
This is Survivors: an eight-episode podcast, made in partnership with CJSW and the Government of Canada's Department of Canadian Heritage, providing insight into the lived experience of residential school survivors and their families. Produced by Grace Heavy Runner, Cameron Siferd, and Jasmine Vickaryous, the project prioritizes Indigenous perspectives.
 
Download the Survivors informational zine here: PDF Download (16MB)

    Survivors - Episode 8

    Survivors - Episode 8

    An Interview with the Honourable Murray Sinclair:

    In the series finale, Grace Heavy Runner conducts an interview with The Honourable Murray Sinclair, who served as chairman of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission from 2009 to 2015.

     
    Download the transcript for this episode here: Episode 8: An Interview with the Honourable Murray Sinclair (0.3MB)


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    Survivors - Episode 7

    Survivors - Episode 7

    Truth & Reconciliation:

    Closures of the residential school system and the 2008 apology by Prime Minister Stephen Harper are discussed, as are the establishment and recommendations of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In this episode, contributors reflect on the path forward, as well as the discovery of unmarked burial sites at various residential schools in 2021.

     
    Download the transcript for this episode here: Episode 7: Truth & Reconciliation (0.3MB)


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    Survivors - Episode 6

    Survivors - Episode 6

    Intergenerational Trauma:

    The experiences of those enduring social and psychological impacts of the residential school system are considered in the sixth episode of this series. Topics addressed range from substance use, disruptions to Indigenous family structures and parenting skills, and the continued wardship of Indigenous children under the Canadian Crown.

     
    Download the transcript for this episode here: Episode 6: Intergenerational Trauma (0.3MB)


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    Survivors - Episode 5

    Survivors - Episode 5

    Religion & the Church:

    The roles of various Christian churches (i.e., the Catholic, Presbytarian, Anglican, and United Churches) in the establishment and administration of residential schools are examined in this episode. Contemporary acknowledgements and apologies on behalf of these churches are discussed, as are efforts to reclaim traditional Indigenous spiritual practices.

     
    Download the transcript for this episode here: Episode 5: Religion & the Church (0.3MB)


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    Survivors - Episode 4

    Survivors - Episode 4

    Physical & Mental Health:

    This episode takes a wide-ranging look at the detrimental effects of social and environmental factors in residential schools on the health of the children who attended them. These include malnutrition, disease, and abuse.

     
    Download the transcript for this episode here: Episode 4: Physical & Mental Health (0.3MB)


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    Survivors - Episode 3

    Survivors - Episode 3

    Forced Assimilation:

    Episode three discusses the loss of Indigenous languages and cultural practices, stemming from the separation of children from their families and communities. State policies (such as the Sixties Scoop) which contributed to forced assimilation are also reviewed.

     
    Download the transcript for this episode here: Episode 3: Forced Assimilation (0.3MB)


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