Indigenous Child Removals – the Sixties Scoop

Author Colleen Hele-Cardinal is a Sixties Scoop survivor and co-founder of the Sixties Scoop Network. She is nehiyaw iskwew (Plains Cree) from Saddle Lake Cree Nation, AB but was adopted and raised in Sault Ste Marie, ON. My Story “Recently, I watched a program called The 8th Fire on CBC, where, in a discussion of […]

Centering Spirit in Post-Secondary Education

This past Spring, Blue Quills University announced they were creating a new Indigenous Master of Education program. This program was designed to be grounded in Indigenous knowledge and teachings and would be taught in the same classrooms that residential school Survivors were taught to feel shame for their culture and traditions. As of September 2023, […]

Blue Quills Residential School Ground Search: An interview with Dr. Sherri Chisan

This past April, the results of the phase 1 search at Blue Quills were shared in ceremony with the community. The search was led by Dr. Kisha Supernant from the Institute of Prairie and Indigenous Archaeology. Her team’s summary of the phase 1 search is publicly available on Blue Quills website. When the search at […]

“But they had good intentions”: Indian Residential Schools Denialism 

“Denialism is violence. Denialism is calculated. Denialism is harmful. Denialism is hate,” says Kimberly Murray, the Independent Special Interlocutor for Missing Children and Unmarked Graves and Burial Sites Associated with Indian Residential Schools. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report in 2015 stated that reconciliation cannot be achieved without truth. The Commission identified a significant […]

Blue Quills Residential School Ground Search for Missing Children and Unmarked Graves

Joel Cardinal is a Néhiyaw from Saddle Lake Cree Nation and the Manager of ReconciliACTIONs at the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund. Last summer, Blue Quills University announced they would be conducting a ground search for unmarked burial sites of children who attended Blue Quills Indian Residential School (IRS). It was first a boarding […]