Indigenous Perspectives Education Guide

Activity 10Worksheet (Continued) Stories of Resistance At the Kamloops school, Julianna Alexander was shocked by the difference between the student and staff dining room. “On their table they had beautiful food, and our table, we had slop. I call it slop because we were made to eat burnt whatever it was, you know, and compared to what they had in their dining room. You know they had all these silver plates, and beautiful glass stuff, and all these beautiful food and fruits and everything on there, and we didn’t even have that. And so I, I became a thief, if you want. You know I figured a way to get that food to those hungry kids in intermediates, even the high school girls, the older ones were being punished as well.” (76) Megan Molaluk lived at both the Anglican and Catholic hostels in Inuvik. As was the case with many students, her loneliness led her to engage in behaviour intended to get her kicked out of school. “I missed camping, I missed having country food. There are so many things I wanted to say, all right, but I really wanted to go home. It was bugging home, and bugging, bugging, bugging. I guess they got tired of me bugging them, so they moved me to Grollier Hall. I didn’t know nobody over there. So I start [mis]behaving, I asked Mr. Holman if I could move back. I’m tired of being with strangers everywhere. So I started doing bad things in Inuvik, drinking, sneaking out. I hated doing those things, but I really wanted to go home.” (115) John B. Custer learned to rebel at residential school. The only things he took away from his years at the Roman Catholic school near The Pas, Manitoba, were a guilty conscience and a bad attitude. “So instead of learning anything in that residential school, we, we learned just the opposite from good. We learned how to steal, we learned how to fight, we learned how to cheat, we learned how to lie. And to tell the truth, I thought I was gonna go to hell, so I didn’t give a shit. I was sort of a rebel in the residential school. I didn’t listen, so I was always being punished.” (119) The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, The Survivors Speak: A Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2015). Extension Activity: Watch one of the videos provided on the website for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation or from the online counterpart to the touring exhibition called Where are the Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools, and complete the above questions.