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âpahkowâyânaw: Indigenous Education Session #4: Residential Schools and Legacies of Colonialism
November 16, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
In this session, we discussed the Residential School system in Canada and the legacies of colonialism. We discussed the role of systemic racism and Canada’s assimilation policies in accord with cross-generational trauma in Indigenous families. We also discussed the Residential School system in the Albertan context and highlighted some of the Indigenous-led initiatives to honor residential school victims, such as Orange Shirt Day which was started by Phyllis Webstad.
We were joined by Jenna Weber, Justice Systems Navigator for the Greater Edmonton Area for the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women/IAAW.
A Q&A was moderated to further the discussion to explore ways for individuals to engage in allyship.