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“I’ll start by saying I am a proud Anishinabeg Algonquin woman,” began Jenny Buckshot Tenasco, on the eve of Sept. 30 — Canada’s very first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Buckshot Tenasco, a residential and day school Survivor, sat in front of a computer screen alongside her daughter in their Kitigan Zibi home that evening to speak to an invisible audience in attendance at ‘Kìyàbadj Kidandanizimin: We are still here’, hosted over a Zoom call by the Ottawa Public Library. 

“Remember that we were innocent children,” she said.

“Remember that we traveled by the busload, by trains, by planes to experience an incredible amount of loneliness, mistreatment, neglect, abuse, and pain at the residential schools all across Canada,” Buckshot Tenasco implored the audience.  

Buckshot Tenasco is one of at least 80,000 residential sc

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