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For some residential school survivors, a picture is worth a thousand words

An award-winning American journalist has captured the experience of residential school survivors in moving portraits.

Grant Severeight is proud of the story his portrait tells

Zalcman photographed Grant Severeight who went to St. Phillips Indian Residential School in Kamsack, Saskatchewan. (Daniella Zalcman/Pulitzer Center)
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For some residential school survivors, a picture has become worth a thousand words.

You may have heard the stories — horrific accounts of abuse, neglect, and loss.

Now an American journalist has captured their experience in pictures. Daniella Zalcman spent three weeks in Saskatchewan snapping portraits of survivors.

But she wanted to do more than just simple portraits.

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      Grant Severeight is one of the survivors photographed. He was sent to the Phillips Indian Residential School in Kamsack between 1955 and 1964. Grant says telling his truth set him free.

      Click the listen button above to hear Grant's story.