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Daniella Zalcman Takes Over @SmithsonianMagazine's Instagram

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MIKE PINAY, Qu’Appelle Indian Residential School (1953-1963).“It was the worst 10 years of my life. I was away from my family from the age of six to 16. How do you learn about family? I didn’t know what love was. We weren’t even known by names back then. I was a number.” Image by Daniella Zalcman. Canada, 2015.
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For more than a century, many Western governments operated a network of Indian Residential Schools...

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Grantee Daniella Zalcman wanted to report on the fight for access to necessary medical care for those with HIV in Canada's Aboriginal community. But instead, she discovered another story. Her project, "Signs of Identity in Canada's First Nation," tells the story of survivors of the Indian Residential School system in Saskatchewan, Canada. These schools were meant to assimilate young indigenous students into Canadian culture. They were federally funded and ran from the 1830s until 1996.

She hosts the Smithsonian Magazine's instagram account, featuring multiple exposure portraits of survivors.

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