Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Generations of healing

Lisa Goudy/TImes-Herald
Eugene Arcand, residential school survivor, 
delivers his keynote address at the Reconciliation
and the Media conference in Saskatoon.
By Lisa Goudy

The year was 1958. Eugene Arcand was six years old. He was picked up and taken to a residential school.

“We were put in the shower together … It was the first time I was naked in front of others who weren’t my parents,” he said. “I remember the smells of the institution.”

Arcand, a Cree from the Muskeg Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan, spent 10 years at the St. Michael Indian Residential School in Duck Lake and one year at the Lebret Student Residence. Both schools were in Saskatchewan.

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