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Joseph Metatawabin Jr. tells the story of his life in his language, Omushkego (Swampy Cree). Translation of his interview into English is by Edmund Metatawabin, one of his first cousins.
Joseph was forced to attend St. Anne’s Residential School in Fort Albany, Ontario in the early 1950s where he and other students were dehumanized and abused by priests, bishops, nuns, and workers at the school. It was law, notably the Indian Act, that dictated that Indigenous children attend and live at the school, where they were removed from the purview and comforts provided by their families and communities. There the children were brutally beaten, forced to eat their own vomit, and humiliated in front of other students. Childhoods were lost within moments of arriving at St. Anne’s. Once leaving the school, Joseph embarked on a healing journey by returning to the land and traditional ways. Throughout his adult life, Joseph’s objective was to lead his family and young people in the region back to traditional ways of living.
Length: 34 minutes
Copyright date: ©2021
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