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In their words: What residential school survivors told the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

June 2, 2015

Time to know the truth.
Time to reconcile.
Time to love and heal.

Global News

WATCH: Eric Sorensen has the history of residential schools in Canada and the painful memories that still haunt the survivors.

Warning: Some readers may find this content disturbing.

Alongside 94 recommendations, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released a volume of harrowing tales some survivors shared about their time at residential schools. Through the voices of some of the 6,2000 former students the commission spoke with, the 260-page book details the abuse, the neglect and the stripping of their roots.

Here is a sampling of what some survivors shared.

Life before residential schools

We were loved by our parents.

“There’s a lot of things that are really, that are still in my thoughts of how we were loved by our parents. They really cared for us. And it was such a good life, you know.”

Bob Baxter, Statement to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Thunder Bay, Ont., 24 November 2010

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