Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

Cover-up of residential school crimes a national shame


“I remember being in the dining room having a meal. I got sick and through up on the floor. Sister Mary Immaculate [Anna Wesley] slapped me many times and made me eat my own vomit. So I did, I ate all of it. And then I threw up again … Sister Mary Immaculate slapped me and told me again to eat my vomit. … I was sick for a few days after that.”

The speaker is the Rev. Andrew Wesley, a survivor of St. Anne’s Indian Residential School in Fort Albany, Ontario, quoted in Charlie Angus’s new bookChildren of the Broken Treaty, which traces the history of Treaty 9 as well as of that the Indian Residential Schools system. Today Andrew Wesley is the Aboriginal Priest for the Anglican Church of Canada’s Archdio.


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