We’re more than just numbers, says residential school survivor – SaskToday.ca

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SASKATOON — Stripped of their culture and identity, Eugene Arcand will never forget how he became nothing but a number when he joined other Indigenous children forced to attend the residential school system.

Arcand said the road is still a long one for those survivors who are still living and he wants to make sure everyone who supports them “walk the talk” as he called for acknowledge of Indigenous elders who managed to come home.

“We’re real human beings that want to share our horrible experiences, not for pity, not for people to feel sorry for us, but so that everyone understands,” said Arcand during the unveiling of the Survivors’ Flag on Monday, Sept. 26, at the City of Saskatoon Civic Square.

“We’re here. We want to share the truth, which leads to reconciliation. Get to know us, don’t just talk about us. We’re not numbers anymore and we’re not owned anymore. My number was 781 and we all have a number ingrained in our hearts and minds.”

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