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Rick Beaver sharing personal history and some of Alderville’s past for Indigenous History Month

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June is Indigenous History Month. On June 21, it is National Aboriginal Day. It is for these significant commemorations today’s show has a special guest. Rick Beaver, an artist, elder, and conservationist living in Alderville, will share his personal recollections of Alderville. Plus, he will give insight into Indigenous life celebrated in his art and conservation activities. Continue Reading →

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Alderville Chief responds to Pope’s apology to Indigenous people over residential schools

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On April 1, Pope Francis delivered a historic apology. Speaking to a delegation from First Nations, Metis, and Inuit representatives, the Pope asked for God’s forgiveness for the Catholic Church’s role in running portions of the residential school system. The Anglican and United churches of Canada have already given formal apologies. For some indigenous people, the apology is too little too late. For others, it was an emotionally cathartic moment, lifting decades of shame and hurt over the abuse suffered by children at the schools. Continue Reading →

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Alderville chief recalls government’s record as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation approaches

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On September 30, the federal government set aside the day for Canadians to reflect on a travesty of residential schools. It is a statutory holiday officially called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The government approved it in August. You may recognize the date. September 30 was Orange Shirt Day. Continue Reading →

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Newly elected band council focuses on finances, environment, and residential schools, says chief

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Earlier this month, the Alderville First Nation held its band council election. Chief Dave Mowat was re-elected for a second term. The pandemic weighed heavily on this election. But coming out of it, the council has lots on its plate, including economic development, a cannabis bylaw, and its ongoing environmental agenda. Also top of mind are residential schools. Continue Reading →

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Alderville historian offers insight into the discovery of 215 children’s bodies in Kamloops

 

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The recent discovery of the bodies of 215 Indigenous school children on the site of a residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia, impacted the residents of Alderville. A range of emotions was felt throughout the community, from heartache to grief, to anger. A march was quickly organized to bring people together. They walked from the health centre on Highway 45 towards the war monument, near the band council’s office. Flags were lowered across the county and across the country. Continue Reading →

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Impact of residential schools on generations of children felt in Alderville, says Chief Dave Mowat

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Sitting on the Second Line Road, just a short drive east of the Alderville Memorial on County Road 45, is a white, long building next to a very old United Church. The elongated building stretching back from the road is home to the administration offices of the Alderville First Nation. But before that, it was a Day School for the local Indigenous community. Prior to that, it was an industrial school dating back to 1838 when the government of Upper Canada decided it wanted to train boys from Indigenous communities. They took these children from their families in Alderville, Mud Lake, and Lake Scugog to turn them into tradespeople. Continue Reading →

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