Inquiry community meetings end with optimism in Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation – CBC NEWS

Oct 27, 2023

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The Inquiry Respecting the Treatment, Experiences and Outcomes of Innu children in care has concluded its community meetings in Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation.

For two weeks, Innu shared a variety of experiences with the child protection system, government officials and church officials. Some Innu shared experiences of sexual abuse, being removed from the reserve to Ontario in the foster system and experiences of their children being removed.

Healing services lead Edward Nuna said the inquiry could be a part of healing, as looking at the past can help people understand why they are feeling their current emotions.

Nuna said he speaks from personal experiences. After struggling with addictions for years, he went into treatment himself and began to see things he had repressed from his past, including a flashback from childhood when his mother took him to a social worker’s house.

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