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Your Spirit is Your Voice

Your Spirit is Your Voice - Episode 46: April 15, 2010

Michelle Derosier: Michelle is an intergenerational survivor. She is a film maker extraordinaire, who loves working with youth.

Your Spirit is Your Voice - Episode 45: April 8, 2010

The Hartley Weston Story: Documentary Hartley Weston was a pilot who loved the north and its people! He loved them so much that he refused to fly their little children off to Residential School and got fired for his actions! Before his death, he wanted to respond to Harper’s Apology in a letter to Wawatay News which was published in the November 13, 2008 edition! Hartley never got over the inhumane way the children were treated, the trauma stayed with him the rest of his life. He passed away on Sept 14 of ’09. A great story! Survivors Toolkit: No Toolkit, different format.

Your Spirit is Your Voice - Episode 44: April 1, 2010

Pat Ningewance Pat says that her experiences at Residential School were absolutely horrible. What stands out for her? The Cruelty that students did to each other – because she was at the bottom of the pyramid, she was 5 at the time with no relatives there. Survivors Toolkit: “Taking responsibility for our feelings”

Your Spirit is Your Voice - Episode 43: March 25, 2010

The Sioux Lookout Anti-Racism Committee: “Everyone has a Story!” Race Relations Week in Sioux Lookout! Doug Semple, Terry Lynne Jewel, Kai Koivukoski, Laurel Wood talk about how SLARC was formed. White kids use to drive around hunting for Indians at night attacking them today the relationships in this town are friendly, open and forward looking and standing together! Survivors Toolkit: Not a regular show so no survivors toolkit.

Your Spirit is Your Voice - Episode 42: March 11, 2010

Joan Cachagee Joan grew up in her family’s traditional territory, always out on the land making a living. Then she was sent to Residential School. The effects made her do drugs and drinking and one day she went in her car to ram the first semi that came her way! She had had enough! Survivors Toolkit: Our topic is a continuation of Trust. This week we talk of ways of building trust in our lives again.

Your Spirit is Your Voice - Episode 41: March 4, 2010

Bill Constant Bill says that we have to process our experiences at Residential School, and not just talk about them. We have to bring out the emotions and express how we feel inside and get the pain and other feelings that are hurting us out. A good story! Survivors Toolkit: Trust. Trust is a very important tool when working with others. How can we use this to gain a healthy life.

Your Spirit is Your Voice - Episode 40: February 25, 2010

The Poem Show This show is a show that showcases poetry sent in by survivors and others who had written something about their experiences with Residential School or about Residential School. Survivors Toolkit: None for this episode.

Your Spirit is Your Voice - Episode 39: February 18, 2010

Justin Boshey Went to boarding school, had 4 brothers who went to Residential School and one never came home. Talks about amount of pain caused by R.S. We have a stigma from what was done to us. Apology is not enough, Gov’t should give FN people what they took. Survivors Toolkit: Setting our standards – a standard is based on what your core belief is, what your values are, the very essence of who we are.

Your Spirit is Your Voice - Episode 38: February 11, 2010

Nadia MClaren Nadia is an intergenerational survivor, her traditional name is Manitou Ikwe. She made a film about her grandmother and her residential school days called “Muffins for Granny”. It was Nadia’s grandmother’s passing and unspoken past about her Residential School days at St. Joseph in Thunder Bay that drew her to explore the hidden truth. Great story! Survivors Toolkit: Consistency. What is consistency? It’s another word for practice. Practice, practice, practice! Doing something until you get it right.

Your Spirit is Your Voice - Episode 37: February 4, 2010

Lorraine Kenny-Beaton Lorraine went to Residential School for a total of 9 years – 6 years at Pelican Lake Residential School near Sioux Lookout, Ontario. 1 year at Shingwauk, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and 2 years at the Cecilia Jeffrey Residential School in Kenora. Her story is full of love, honesty and courage. Lorraine passed away in January 2010 from cancer. She very clearly explains how she became aware of how she was affected by Residential School in her family life. A Very good story. Survivors Toolkit: How good decision making can lead to change.

Your Spirit is Your Voice - Episode 36: January 28, 2010

Helen Cromarty Helen talks at length about her Residential School days, to show that when she went home for a short while each summer or sometimes not even, she was gradually losing her connections to her family and their way of life. She tells us how her friend kept her in touch with who she was, and is, and how today she still works at getting to know her family and people on a day to day basis. Survivors Toolkit: True decision making! Not just any decision making but True Decision making! This is where we follow our decisions through.

Your Spirit is Your Voice - Episode 35: January 21, 2010

Daniel Sakchekapow Daniel talks about how he changed his life after being involved with gangs and coming to an elder wanting his Indian name. “No” he is told, “because you have too much pain in here,” she puts her hand on his chest. “I didn’t get the reaction I wanted he says.” Great story! Survivors Toolkit: Assertiveness vs Aggressiveness. Aggressive behavior is an indicator of uncontrolled anger. It is some thing that is going to hurt someone else, so it’s really important to know how that energy works!

Your Spirit is Your Voice - Episode 34: January 14, 2010

George Kenny George says there were things he liked in Residential School - like learning, but says there are the bad things that happened there too. He talks about wondering where this deep seated anger comes from and finding out about his sexual abuse in Residential Sch. Survivors Toolkit: “Being assertive.” Part of being able to set your personal boundaries comes from knowing how to be assertive. Being assertive is knowing when to say “No” to people that want to drag you off to do what THEY want to do.

Your Spirit is Your Voice - Episode 33: January 7, 2010

Richard Morris Richard talks about how it is not only the Residential School that has negatively impacted our lives but more so with colonialism that came with contact. He describes how this happened. Very good show. Survivors Toolkit: Have a hard time saying “no” to people and end up doing things you don’t want to do? Set personal boundaries and free yourself from the “disease to please”

Your Spirit is Your Voice - Episode 32: December 31, 2009

Marilyn Lewis – (intergen) talked about parents habits, what she saw and how she coped. Chief Adam Fiddler – New years wishes for listeners, words of encouragement. NAN Deputy Grand Chief Mike Metatawabin – Greetings and wishes for survivors. Edtrip Fiddler – Survivor – Wishes other survivors well, help yourselves, Happy New Year! Survivors Toolkit – New Year Resolutions – why they don’t work. How to say “no” to bad ideas.