Residential schools in Canada were government-sponsored religious schools established to assimilate Indigenous children into Western culture. Children were removed from their families and placed in church-run schools, were forced to stop speaking their languages, and experienced widespread physical, emotional and sexual abuse. The last residential school in Canada closed in 1996. Stories in this category discuss the impact of residential schools on their participants and communities, and thorough their programming, attempt to restore knowledge and a sense of pride in Indigenous ways of knowing and doing.
Elizabeth Sault seeks to provide wholistic educational opportunities to community members with the aim of violence reduction. Violence reduction can happen in many ways and Elizabeth speaks of how a healthy community reduces violence. She works much of the time one to one with individuals in crisis but her workshops round out her program to assist individuals to gain life skills and build a healthy Indigenous identity to empower them to seek health and wellness. Reducing violence is about living a good life and she seeks out elders and community members who have teachings to share with her participants. Elizabeth does work to raise awareness about MMIW and human trafficking in her programs as well as hosting larger events for service providers.