Today on the Tuesday 8:00 Buzz with Sikowis (in exile) …
Christine Diindiisi McCleave, Ethel Blind, and Janna Pratt join us to talk about “Residential Schools” and working towards truth, justice, and healing from genocidal policy set forth by the US and Canada that allowed christian clergy to neglect, rape, torture, and murder Indigenous children.
Christine Diindiisi McCleave is Chief Executive Officer of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition and an enrolled citizen of Turtle Mountain Ojibwe Nation. She has dedicated her life and work to pursuing truth and healing for the Indigenous survivors of historical trauma at the hands of colonialism and settler-states. In 2020, Christine was instrumental in writing H.R.8420 – Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policy Act—the first-ever bill introduced to establish a commission addressing boarding school policy in the U.S.
Ethel Blind is a nehiyaw-iskwew from the George Gordon First Nation in Canada and is a residential school survivor herself and uses that experience to help heal others. She is a registered social worker who has worked many years in First Nations communities in Saskatchewan, Alberta and the NorthWest Territories. She has 28 years of experience as a contracted mental health therapist with First Nations and Inuit Health through Indigenous Services Canada. Her work focuses on life events on ancestral and historical trauma: childhood issues, grief/loss/ suicidal ideology/depression, substance abuse, sexual abuse, and domestic violence, and the residential school legacy.
Janna Pratt is from the George Gordon First Nation in Treaty 4 territory. Janna is a fourth-generation residential school survivor, whose passion is to raise residential school awareness. As a Storyteller, she shares her love of her People’s history and the stories they have told. Janna believes a better understanding of History will bring all Canadians together and move forward to reconciliation, which can’t be done until all stories are heard. She is currently working on a project about the Muskowekan First Nation residential school in order to tell the radical truth of what happened there and was inspired to tell this story by her grandmother who went to this school.