Doctor who blew whistle on atrocities of residential schools honoured in Ottawa – CBC

Dr. Peter Bryce exposed high rates of illness, deaths among Indigenous children

Sep 30, 2022

One hundred years ago, the former chief medical health inspector of what was then known as Canada’s Indian Affairs department walked through the doors of a publishing house in Ottawa.

He carried a manuscript called A National Crime. It was published in 1922 detailing the appalling and deadly health conditions in government-funded residential schools.

On the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Dr. Peter Bryce is being honoured with a plaque in front of the very same building of the publishing house that released his work, James Hope & Sons, at 61 Sparks St.

“It allows us to more critically think about our history and to uplift and celebrate some of these great people who resisted all the wrongdoing,” said Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and a member of the Gitxsan Nation.

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