(Jane Hamel, submitted photo.) A man from Paradise River in Labrador told a harrowing story this morning about his mother’s own experiences with the residential school system in Labrador.
“Charles” says the colonial approach to educating young children, was a form of genocide. He’s not impressed with the Prime Minister’s apology scheduled for tomorrow in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
He told VOCM Open Line with Paddy Daly that his mother, Jane Hamel who died in 2014, was taken from her home as a child, beaten and abused. He says she was so traumatized, she ran away from school in a desperate attempt to get back home to Muddy Bay Brook.
He says she made her way onto an ice pan, figuring that she could drift into the bay and her grandfather would see her and come get her.
He says it didn’t end the way she had hoped. The ice pan ran aground, and she “got the beating of her life”.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in Happy Valley-Goose Bay tomorrow to deliver an apology to Labrador residential school survivors.
The federal government provided a formal apology to residential school survivors back in 2008, but those in this province who had suffered by being removed from their homes and communities were left out. The settlement was reached to include the nearly 900 people affected in this province and compensate those impacted accordingly. Trudeau is scheduled to provide that long-awaited apology tomorrow at the Lawrence O’Brien Centre in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Survivors from throughout Labrador and northern Newfoundland will be on hand for the historic occasion.
Premier Dwight Ball will be joining the Prime Minister in Happy Valley-Goose Bay tomorrow.
The Premier says the government of Newfoundland and Labrador will apologize as well, the details of which will be provided after consultation with survivors.
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