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Wednesday, February 16, 2022 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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Raymond Mason is an Ojibway activist and Elder from Peguis First Nation, Manitoba. He joins us to discuss the history of Canada’s residential and day school systems and the impact the systems had on survivors.

In the mid-1980s, Raymond Mason founded Spirit Wind Inc. This Winnipeg-based non-profit organization played a key role in the development of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement (2006) and the Day School Class Action (2019). These settlement agreements provided compensation to survivors of the residential and day school systems.

In 2021, Raymond Mason was presented an Honorary Doctorate in Law from Queen’s University. His memoir, Spirit of the Grassroots People: Seeking Justice for Indigenous Survivors of Canada's Colonial Education System, shares a firsthand account of the personal and political challenges that he faced while campaigning for the rights of residential school survivors. The memoir uses two-eyed seeing and storytelling, a technique that combines Indigenous oral traditions with a Western approach to historical documentation. The oral history shares Raymond Mason’s experiences as a residential and day school survivor. His story is contextualized through the broader historical narrative shared by researchers Theodore Michael Christou and Jackson Pind from Queen’s University.

This session will be held virtually over Zoom. Registration closes February 16 at noon. A Zoom link will be sent to participants by 4pm on the day of the program. Please note: this session is happening live and will not be recorded.

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