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Surviving Kuper Island Residential School: 'I Hear Little Children Screaming in My Head'


Kristin Spray (left) and Eddy Charlie (right) at the Legislature in Victoria, British Columbia. (Photo/Kristin Spray)

WARNING: This story contains distressing details about residential and boarding schools for Indigenous children.

Like at least 150,000 other Indigenous children in Canada, Eddy Charlie's world was torn away with a knock on the door and the news that he and two of his siblings would be taken away to residential school.

In the wake of the discovery of 160 unmarked graves at the Kuper Island Residential School near Chemainus, British Columbia, survivor and Cowichan Tribes member Eddy Charlie, 57, shared the impact that attending the school had on his life in an interview with Native News Online.


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