Innu inquiry commissioners listen to trauma, hope, skepticism in Sheshatshiu – CBC

Oct 17, 2023

One person told inquiry commissioners he doesn’t think anything will change

The commissioners of the Inquiry Respecting the Treatment, Experiences and Outcomes of Innu children in the Child Protection System heard experiences of trauma, hope for the next generation and skepticism that things will change during their first day back in Sheshatshiu.

Two weeks of community meetings are underway at the Sheshatshiu Youth Centre. All Innu are invited to address the commissioners.

“We were taken away from our parents. I often wonder why, why did that happen?” elder Janet Michel told the commissioners through an Innu-aimun translator.

Michel and her siblings were sent to the North West River dormitory as young teenagers for three years. She said her sister was beaten and abused by the white staff workers.

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