@ElizabethRBess @NeetuGarcha @GlobalBC Yes, agree with all you have written above. When I worked closely with other coordinators of the Stein Festival,(I managed the Medical Care for the 3 1/2 day festival on reserve land with 24,000 attending) I got to know a really nice Aboriginal man in his late 40's - he was 1/2
@ElizabethRBess @NeetuGarcha @GlobalBC the organizer for all the volunteers at the festival except mine who were GP's and RN's. One day we were chatting and I asked him about his life. He explained how he'd been a residential school child, how he was raped by the priest there repeatedly and abused in other ways. 2/3
@ElizabethRBess @NeetuGarcha @GlobalBC No one else was in the large office and I guess he trusted me and felt I would understand (he knew I was an RN) when he told me all that happened to him. When he left the school finally in his late teens, he didn't know his own language, didn't know his parents or family. He 3/4
@ElizabethRBess @NeetuGarcha @GlobalBC couldn't go back to the reserve and ended up in the DTES and got into drugs and alcohol. He said he drank away about 20 years of his life and finally got sober. He also said he decided he could never marry as he'd never seen a family or he'd never know how to be a dad. He 4/5
@ElizabethRBess @NeetuGarcha @GlobalBC cried telling me all this as I listened. He also said, he'd never told anyone else all this and knew I wouldn't be judging him. (I certainly wasn't) There was little I could say except he was a very strong man to be living sober with such memories. His connecting with the 5/6
@ElizabethRBess @NeetuGarcha @GlobalBC Festival was the first time in his life he was connecting to the Aboriginal community. I hope in his future years he remained sober and maybe had more connections with maybe even his family members still alive, if he could even find them all the years later. This is what 6/7
@ElizabethRBess @NeetuGarcha @GlobalBC one child of thousands suffered at these residential schools in Canada suffered & how all the suffering and abuse affected his adult future so dreadfully. This intimate profile is rare for a white woman to ever know (or a white man either) and I've never forgotten it. 7/8
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