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News in Review - September 2015 Residential School Shame: The TRC Report

In the 19th century the Canadian government set up the residential school system as a way to teach English and Christianity to Aboriginal children. Successive generations were taken from their families and put in boarding schools run by churches. Over the years, many of the children suffered physical, mental and even sexual abuse. Many died. In 2008 the Truth and ...
  • 2015
  • 00:18:20
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/18/2015

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News in Review - September 2010 Residential Schools: Truth and Healing

For more than 100 years, many native children were taken away from their families and forced to stay at residential schools. Two years ago, the Canadian government apologized for the suffering and the abuse many experienced. Now a Truth and Reconciliation Commission is hearing from some of those affected. In this News in Review story, we look at the work ...
  • 2010
  • 00:18:19
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/07/2014

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As It Happens Alvin Dixon on Residential School and Nutritional Experiments

Alvin Dixon remembered being so hungry as a child that he had to steal food. Mr. Dixon was a survivor of the residential school system, and a victim of a government-run malnutrition experiment. He died on July 20 at the age of 77. In his first year at a B.C. residential school, Alvin Dixon said he remembered finding it strange ...
  • 2014
  • 00:03:26
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/08/2014

Power & Politics Justice Murray Sinclair: Nutrition Experiments on Aboriginal Children

During and following World War II residential schools were used as laboratories where scientists would test the effects of several vitamin supplements and other products on the malnurished aboriginal individuals residing there, most of them children. Murray Sinclair, chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, shares his opinion and knowledge on the matter.
  • 2013
  • 00:07:13
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 04/15/2014

The National Aboriginal Children Used as Test Subjects

Newly surfaced documents shine a light on experiments that were conducted on hundreds of aboriginal individuals, most of them young children, during and following World War II. Residential schools were the testing grounds for government scientists to observe the effects of several products on the malnurished bodies of aboriginal children without their consent or even their knowing. 
  • 2013
  • 00:03:07
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 04/15/2014

The Current Starvation Politics: Aboriginal Nutrition Experiments

If Canada is contrite about taking First Nations children from their families and sending them to residential schools, what apology is appropriate for not feeding them enough once there? We explore new revelations that some aboriginal people were kept intentionally malnourished for government nutritional experiments. Newly uncovered documents reveal that about the time Canadian soldiers shouldered weapons to stop some ...
  • 2013
  • 00:20:30
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/13/2014

The National Stolen Children

After decades of waiting, Aboriginal Canadians received a formal apology from the federal government on June 11, 2008. This landmark event in Canadian history recognized the loss of culture caused by the church-run residential schools that thousands of Aboriginal children were forced to attend. It also acknowledged the physical and sexual abuse that many suffered in those institutions. Stolen Children explores the ...
  • 2008
  • 00:48:24
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Residential Schools

Native Canadians are demanding the federal government act on recommendations of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. Among the many recommendations is one that would redress a terrible injustice: residential schools. Native Canadians want to heal the wounds inflicted by those schools, but they say that can't happen until the government apologizes for its involvement and accepts responsibility. Many Native ...
  • 1997
  • 00:23:34
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Stolen Children: Truth and Reconciliation

June 2010 marked the first national hearing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, aimed at addressing the painful legacy of residential schools in Canada. First Nations, Métis and Inuit survivors began putting their stories on the official record, as the Commission commenced its complex work. This volume of six documentaries from The National profiles Justice Murray Sinclair, Manitoba’s first Aboriginal judge and ...
  • 2010
  • 00:40:06
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate Violation of Trust

A searing examination of Canada's 100 years of native residential schools, where aboriginal children had their culture and language beaten out of them, leaving a legacy of alcoholism, abuse and emotional scars. This all-encompassing program focuses on the Williams Lake, BC school and the harsh experiences of the children who went there. The program speaks to survivors, an historian, a ...
  • 1991
  • 00:50:08
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

News in Review - September 2008 Canada's Residential School Apology

In June 2008, the Government of Canada apologized to Indigenous Canadians for the way they were treated in residential schools. Thousands of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children were forced into government-financed schools where many suffered physical and sexual abuse. In this News in Review story, we’ll look at that sad chapter in Canadian history and at the moving ceremony ...
  • 2008
  • 00:18:33
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/15/2008

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