This page includes videos that show how Garnet is continuing to reach out to all Canadians with his message of hope and reconciliation.
ADVISORY: Some of the videos on this website contain very sensitive subject matter and may trigger negative memories for survivors and their families. We advise people to use discretion when viewing or showing them.
5.1 TRC INTERIM REPORT
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was set up in conjunction with the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement with a budget of $60-million over five years. Its mandate is to learn the truth about what happened in residential schools and to inform all Canadians about what happened.
On February 24, 2012, the Commission tabled its Interim Report, at a TRC event in Vancouver. The report contained 20 recommendations, including a call for provinces and territories to develop teaching materials for public schools about the residential school system.
Garnet Angeconeb was being interviewed for www.garnetsjourney.com that day in Sioux Lookout. In this video segment, Garnet shares some of his thoughts about moving forward with the TRC recommendations.
5.2 SEEDS OF HOPE (WINDY)
In this video segment, Garnet Angeconeb looks to the future — and in so doing, explains why he is telling his life story (from residential school to the healing journey he is now on) on this website, publicly. His pride and joy are his two children and three grandchildren. He is doing this for them — so they will have a better future. You will note that in this segment, Garnet is fighting with the wind on the shores of Pelican Lake (where the residential school used to be), so forgive us, you might have to strain a bit to hear clearly at times. The content is one of the most important messages in Garnet’s story.
5.3 WHO WOULD I BE?
This is a beautiful, yet heart-wrenching glimpse into Garnet’s mind as he struggles to find peace with his life today. Sitting at the site of his family’s trap line on the Lac Seul First Nation, where he lived from birth until age seven, he ponders the impossible: Who would he be if he hadn’t been torn away from his family and taken to residential school in 1963?