Stolen Children: Residential School Survivors Tell Their Stories

Posted on Jun 3rd, 2015

With the release of The Truth & Reconciliation Report, Canada has a new opportunity to repair the damage caused by residential schools.

"Words are not enough," to address the "cultural genocide" of residential schools on aboriginal communities, said Justice Murray Sinclair - the chair of the commission.

"Reconciliation is not an aboriginal problem — it is a Canadian problem. It involves all of us," he said.

Sinclair said seven generations of aboriginal people were denied their identity as they were separated from their language, culture, spiritual traditions and their collective history.

"Survivors were stripped of the ability to answer these questions, but they were also stripped of the love of their families. They were stripped of their self-respect and they were stripped of their identity," he said.

In the clip at the top, some residential school survivors speak out about the abuse they suffered.

The commission's report was released Tuesday after six years of hearings and testimony from more than 6,000 residential school survivors and their loved ones.