Letters to The Sun, June 15, 2021: True extent of damage to Indigenous people in Canada lies beyond unmarked graves in Kamloops – Vancouver Sun

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Letters to The Sun, June 15, 2021: True extent of damage to Indigenous people in Canada lies beyond unmarked graves in Kamloops – Vancouver Sun

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Opinion: Letters to The Vancouver Sun, June 15, 2021.

The tragedy of bodies in unmarked graves found at the Kamloops residential school is only the tip of the iceberg in this continuing saga of cultural genocide. Soon more will be discovered at other residential schools across Canada.

As a therapist with 45 years’ experience, I have worked with numerous residential school survivors. I’m now working with the grandchildren of those survivors and the intergenerational trauma will continue to affect their children and grandchildren if healing and true reconciliation don’t take place.

Intergenerational trauma began with colonization when Indigenous people were forced off their land and onto reservations. Indian agents policed these reservations mercilessly. Cultural ceremonies such as the potlatch were outlawed. And then the residential school system was devised. This program of cultural genocide flourished for more than a century; children were punished for their language, their culture and for being Indigenous.

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