A Metis Perspective on Truth and Reconciliation

Logan writes about the experiences of Metis students of Residential Schools and how their history has been minimized, or forgotten due to lack of documentation and evidence. Despite the lack of evidence, Logan utilizes interviews from Metis survivors of Residential Schools, and describes the methods used to suppress the history of Metis attendees. Finally, Logan concludes that "commemoration could provide a venue for Métis Survivors to reconnect with lost memories of language, culture, and customs and to honour family members, friends, and classmates who did not survive: “Perhaps forgetting aided in the resilience, but now, in an open environment, active remembering and active forgetting will be done by choice, not necessity.”" -------------------- From the Author's chapter: "Tricia’s passion for Métis history is evident in the opening section of her paper as she reflects upon the challenges she faced as a researcher attempting to uncover the truth about Métis experiences in residential school. She discovered that very little documentary evidence exists with respect to Métis attendance at the schools, although the anecdotal evidence was strong, including within her own family—Tricia’s grandmother and several other family members attended the Qu’Appelle Residential School in Lebret, Saskatchewan. In the paper, Tricia discusses the circumstances and policies that influenced Métis attendance at residential school and factors that contributed to a suppression of this history. She also quotes a sampling of Métis Survivors talking about their treatment in the schools. --------------- Tricia concludes that commemoration could provide a venue for Métis Survivors to reconnect with lost memories of language, culture, and customs and to honour family members, friends, and classmates who did not survive: “Perhaps forgetting aided in the resilience, but now, in an open environment, active remembering and active forgetting will be done by choice, not necessity.”" No page number given.

Author
Logan, Tricia
Primary Resource
Secondary
Publication Date
2008
Publication Information

Logan, Tricia. "A Metis Perspective on Truth and Reconciliation." in From Truth to Reconciliation: Transforming the Legacy of Residential Schools, eds. Marlene Brant Castellano, Linda Archibald, and Mike DeGagné. Ottawa: Aboriginal Healing Foundation, 2008.

Documents
File
File Description
Logan. Métis Residential School