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John Joe goes to the Vatican

In 1928, a government official predicted Canada would end its "Indian problem" within two generations. Church-run, government-funded residential schools for native children were supposed to prepare them for life in white society. But the aims of assimilation meant devastation for those who were subjected to physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Decades later, aboriginal people began to share their stories and demand acknowledgement of — and compensation for — their stolen childhoods.

A P.E.I. man attempts to extract an apology for what happened to his people in a Nova Scotia residential school.

Medium: Radio
Program: Tapestry
Broadcast Date: Sept. 22, 1996
Guest(s): Sister Dorothy Moore, John Joe Sark
Reporter: Susan Reisler
Duration: 23:46

Last updated: December 4, 2012

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