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Jun. 6, 2021
The initiative is part of a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 2015 report
The first Indigenous head of the Canadian Bar Association was a law school student in his mid-20s when he met his grandfather and learned he’d survived a “horrible” existence at a residential school in Saskatchewan.
Brad Regehr said much of the trauma Jean-Marie Bear endured at the Sturgeon Landing Residential School starting at age five remained a mystery as part of the country’s colonial legacy, which has weighed heavily on him after the Tk’emlups First Nation said it had found what are believed to be the remains of 215 children at a similar school in Kamloops, B.C.
“My mom told me some stuff but that he wouldn’t talk about it,” Regehr said in an interview.
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