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Residential school healing retreat had Métis survivors giggling, ‘staying up until 12:30 a.m.’ – CBC

Oct 20, 2023

‘I felt I could say anything I want here,’ says survivor of Alberta retreat

Angie Crerar, who attended St. Joseph’s residential school in Fort Resolution, N.W.T., says she has carried a heavy weight for nearly three decades.

As she’s gotten older, the Métis elder and knowledge keeper says her memories have become more vivid, and more painful.

“It’s gotten harder and harder because I was always alone,” Crerar, 87, said.

To help her and other survivors, the Otipemisiwak Métis Government (formerly the Métis Nation of Alberta) organized its first-ever survivors retreat at Métis Crossing, a cultural centre 120 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, last week and it is getting great reviews.

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