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Op-Ed: Reflections on truth and reconciliation

Glenn Nolan’s father Ken Nolan (left); his uncle Alphonse Nolan (standing) and Werner Thomanek at the Renabie mine in 1963. Photo Credit: Albert Henderson.

Following Canada’s first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, I’d like to share my thoughts on residential schools, education, and healing.

Over the last few months, as the bodies of hundreds of children have been discovered near residential schools in western Canada and I’m sure more will be discovered as other school lands are surveyed, I have had a number of inquiries from well-educated friends who want to know more about the residential school system.

One question I was asked more than once, was:  “Were there some good things that came out of the residential schools?”