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The Sorrow of Canada's Residential School Survivors

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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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Zalcman photographed Grant Severeight who went to St. Phillips Indian Residential School in Kamsack, Saskatchewan. Image by Daniella Zalcman. Canada, 2015.

Most Canadians have heard the stories — horrific accounts of abuse, neglect, and loss.

Now an American journalist has captured their experience in pictures. Pulitzer Center grantee Daniella Zalcman spent three weeks in Saskatchewan snapping portraits of survivors.

But she wanted to do more than just simple portraits.

Grant Severeight is one of the survivors photographed. He was sent to the Phillips Indian Residential School in Kamsack between 1955 and 1964. Grant says telling his truth set him free.

Click the listen button below to hear Grant's story on CBC/Radio Canada.

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