Voices From Here

In Madeleine Basile’s interview, she talks about the work she did in her community through healing programs and her participation in important events. Have students choose one of the following topics, and, using Madeleine’s interview and/or The Canadian Encyclopedia , create a reflection. The reflection can be written or oral. • Madeleine Basile said that reconciliation started with reconciling with herself and with her past. What are some of the ways she has come to terms with her past? How has she created space and opportunities for other Survivors to start healing? • Madeleine Basile talks about participating in the gestures of reconciliation at the TRC. What role do you think symbolic acts can play? What concrete action do you think churches, educators, or government representatives can take? You can refer to the 94 Calls to Action for ideas. • Why are community-based and culturally relevant healing support services important for Survivors? • Do you think apologies and acknowledgement of past wrongs by governments and perpetrators are important? Why? What about continued commemoration? PART III: HEALING SUPPORTS Aboriginal Healing Foundation, founded in 1998, distributed funding for projects in communities coping with the legacy of residential schools. The Indigenous- managed organization also conducted research on the long-term impacts of the schools. The foundation closed in 2014 and transferred its archives to Algoma University. STILLS FROM MADELEINE BASILE VIDEO (HISTORICA CANADA). STILLS FROM MADELEINE BASILE VIDEO (HISTORICA CANADA). 9