We Stand Together
Over 130 residential schools operated in Canada. The first federal residential school began around 1883; the last closed in 1996.
We Stand Together invites Indian residential school and day school survivors, 60’s Scoop, and intergenerational survivors to share their truth. This project is an opportunity for those on their journeys of healing to share their experiences and perspectives so all can learn about the effects of residential and day schools and the challenges Indigenous communities still face.
We Stand Together is the 2021 Canadian Ethnic Media Award of Journalistic Excellence in the podcast category.
A helpline for residential school survivors can be reached at 1-866-925-4419.
The Indian Residential School Survivors Society is a British Columbia-based organization providing services to residential school survivors for over 20 years. It started by helping residential school survivors navigate the court systems and has since expanded to help residential school survivors and engage in community education for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. You can donate here.
Mabel Horton is from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation. Horton shares her experiences with residential schools so that newcomers to this country can learn how many Indigenous peoples were treated at these schools.
Vivian Ketchum, a writer and photographer, tells her stories and what reconciliation means from the Indigenous perspective. The residential school system took a tremendous toll on Ketchum, costing her much of her language and the beginnings of her story.
It’s been a long journey for Anishinaabe artist Brian Waboose. Experiencing abuse within the residential school system and feeling lost, art helped Waboose find a path in life. After his son tragically passed away, art helped him again.