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Louisa Smith, Prince Rupert, B.C., member of Lax Kw'alaams

“I had no idea that residential school affected me in the manner that it did. My believing that I was no good, that I was the devil, the total putdowns, day in and day out it infiltrates your whole being… There are a number of people who understand what happened to us and we’ve done a lot of our healing. Until the person [who was affected by residential school] becomes aware that it’s the history that has created this dysfunction within ourselves and the willingness to get back to our values and our cultural system, only then things can change.”

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