I was taken away
from my parents and community when I was about 6 years old. I was taken & put in
from High School I went to work for Inco.
I worked for various Aboriginal Organizations, Manitoba Indian Brotherhood, Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council, Swan Lake First Nation, as a Technical Advisor for the Chief & Council and I also worked for the Dept. of Indian Affairs in the Economic Development Dept. However, during the period shortly after I left high school, I had serious problems with alcohol abuse. I lost many good jobs because of the kind of person I became, as a result of being brought up as a number, in the residential schools. However, I didn’t realize that was the case at that time.
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We had to work very hard on our own for many years, with no money, for travel, office expenses, etc., for approx. 9 years. We had many “ups and downs”, disappointments, and frustrations, because it seemed that, even our own leadership would support us. When we first started, we named our organization, The Manitoba Indian Residential School Survivors Society. Then in 2000, we changed our organization’s name to Spirit Wind/MB. An elder from Fisher River Cree Nation, gave us this name to operate under.
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