Fighting the Legacy of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools
As two First Nations men navigate Canada’s prison education system and the not-so-distant memory of Indian residential schools, one unravels the colonization of his mind.
Here I was reading and referencing correctional laws and policies for a man two decades my elder. I was “educated” and he was not. But we were both affected by colonialism, just differently.
Illustration By Mark Anthony Jacobson
And for a brief moment in prison time and space, I swear, those two officers for once saw beyond the “Aboriginal offender” label and witnessed two resilient human beings consoling each other, appreciating the other’s survival.