Theresa McGraw is gone, but her voice is finally being heard.
The young Ojibwa girl from Northern Ontario was one of thousands of Aboriginal kids during the 20th century the government snatched from their homes and forcibly placed in residential schools in a grotesque effort to assimilate Natives into Euro-Canadian society. The house-of-horrors terror experienced by these children—from culture shock, profound sexual and physical abuse, hunger, humiliation and homesickness, seems incredulous. But the tragedy is that it wasn't.
It was real, it was prevalent, and the fallout of what happened sears Aboriginal communities to this day. The legacy that remains, says Nadia McLaren, is "the restlessness of an ancient sadness..."
Read the rest, including an audio clip from the documentary... "Muffins for Granny": Exposing the Restlessness of an Ancient Sadness