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Over 50 members of the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation gathered Wednesday where the former Brandon residential school once stood.
Survivors from the school shared their experiences.
But the day wasn’t just looking at the past but looking ahead.
“We thought that the place would be better suited for a place of healing and to set something up here that would not only honour the memory of the students. But turn the land from something that was a dark part of our history and perhaps turn it around to a place of healing,” said Chief Vincent Tacan.
Sioux Valley owns the land and wants to build a healing centre on the grounds.
“Our people usually go out of province to Regina for detox and they also travel to many treatment centres,” said Margaret Roscelli, health director at Sioux Valley. “We want to keep it close to home so we can involve some of the elders, some of our healers from our community and those people who have knowledge in helping others attain a balanced way of life.”
The healing centre is currently in the planning stages.
Tricia Logan, of the National Centre of Truth and Reconciliation, was also there to help survivors and their family obtain records of past students.
“If survivors or family members of survivors are interested in the records, or more information about the Brandon Residential School or any residential schools, we can help people with their search,” said Logan.