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Native students lobby for better conditions

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.

 Students in Sechelt, B.C. fight to improve their residential school.

Medium: Radio
Program: Indian Magazine
Broadcast Date: May 23, 1970
Guest: Lee Carter
Host: George Rich, Johnny Yesno
Reporter: Bob Hall
Duration: 12:23

Last updated: October 9, 2013

Page consulted on October 9, 2013

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