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‘Healing Through Storytelling’ project records testimony of Tyendinaga Mohawk residential school survivors

A new book, Healing Through Storytelling, provides a touchstone to recovery and restoration from the intergenerational trauma caused by the residential school system by recording survivors’ stories in words and art. The book, honouring local residential school survivors from the Bay of Quinte and their families, was made possible when

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Local girl shares talent to raise awareness for Orange Shirt Day

A Napanee student has designed her own orange shirt to help her school purchase educational resources about the residential school system. Cali Baldwin has designed a T-shirt to raise awareness of residential schools and the Indigenous children that lost their lives while attending them.   Cali, who is part Kanyen’kehà:ka (known

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Event offers opportunity for first steps on path of Indigenous reconciliation

This upcoming Sunday morning, September 26, 2021, Kingston and surrounding area residents will have an opportunity to learn more about core aspects of Indigenous roles in Canadian history, and the sobering impacts that colonial injustices continue to have on Indigenous lives today. Katie Koopman, founder of GAP (Good Ally Project),

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Finding unmarked graves: Queen’s University offers free expertise to Indigenous communities

We want to know, the relatives want to know, and they have the right to know if relatives are buried there.” Dr. Alexander Braun, Queen’s university geophysics professor Several Queen’s University staff members have started an initiative offering free, professional expertise in finding unmarked graves to Indigenous communities across Canada.

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Statue of Sir John A. Macdonald taken down from City Park, moved to Cataraqui Cemetery

Workers from the City of Kingston removed the statue of Sir John A. Macdonald from its place at City Park at 6 a.m. today to begin its relocation to Cataraqui Cemetery. The removal follows a decision made during a Special Meeting of Kingston City Council on Wednesday, Jun. 16, 2021,

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École Sir John A. Macdonald Public School to be temporarily renamed Kingston East Elementary School

In the final hour of Limestone District School Board’s regular Board meeting on Wed. Jun. 16, 2021, a motion was passed to initiate a renaming process for École Sir John A. Macdonald Public School. A complementary motion was passed to call the school by its original name, Kingston East Elementary

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Legacy Working Group to recommend removal, storage of Kingston’s Sir John A. Macdonald statue

The Sir John A. History and Legacy Working Group held a meeting Monday, Jun. 14, 2021 in preparation for the Special Council Meeting to be held by the City of Kingston on Wednesday, Jun 16, 2021 to debate the fate of the Sir John A. Macdonald statue in City Park.

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Indigenous community members call for removal of Sir John A. Macdonald statue at ceremony

Members of Kingston’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous community held a sacred fire and land-based ceremony at City Park on Thursday, Jun. 10, 2021, covering the statue of Sir John A. Macdonald with red fabric and demanding its removal and replacement with a monument to residential school survivors. The ceremony began at

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Letter: Requesting removal of Sir John A statue in Kingston City Park

The following is a submitted open letter to Kingston City Council. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Mayor Bryan Paterson and Kingston City Council, We are all aware of the recent discovery at Kamloops Indian Residential School. Since then, we have seen memorials

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Grade 6 class revisits ‘The Secret Path’ during significant memorial week

When grade six teacher Sarah Howard decided to show the animated film ‘The Secret Path’ to her students on Orange Shirt Day, she didn’t expect to embark with them on a month-long project. The 60-minute video combines the music of late Canadian music legend Gord Downie with the illustrations of

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A ‘walk towards reconciliation’ at the Little Cataraqui Conservation Area

“The reality is that, if you are in your 20s today, you could have been a residential school survivor.” They are words that carry a lot of weight, and for good reason, Katie Koopman explained. “It is staggering, and it’s true,” said Koopman, who runs Good Ally Project (GAP), a

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