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Jean Chr�tien, St. Anne’s and the ‘straight highway’ to Attawapiskat’s suicide crisis - APTN National NewsAPTN National News

9.5.16

Jean Chrétien, St. Anne’s and the ‘straight highway’ to Attawapiskat’s suicide crisis - APTN National NewsAPTN National News - In 1968, when Jean Chrétien was Indian Affairs minister, he received a hand-written letter raising concerns about the “prejudicial” treatment of First Nation children at St. Anne’s Indian residential school, an institution that would eventually become notorious for the magnitude of abuse inflicted on students there, including the use of a homemade electric chair.

Children from Attawapiskat, the Cree community along Ontario’s James Bay coast, which Chrétien suggested last week should consider relocation, attended St. Anne’s along with those from the neighbouring communities like Kashechewan and Fort Albany, where the school was located.


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