Saturday, December 4, 2021

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From the Editorial Board

We celebrate veterans this week and next week. November is also Native American Heritage Month.

This week we’d like to reprint our request from last week to the community for stories about boarding school experiences. 

2021 has been a remarkable year for national dialog on the Boarding School Era. The West River Eagle has reported on the unfolding story of indigenous boarding schools since the discovery of unmarked graves in Saskatchewan and British Columbia in June and will continue to do so.

At the same time we, the staff, writers and editor, realize there is no single boarding school experience. Some elders who attended boarding schools had a positive experience. Others live with physical, mental and emotional scars to this day. Some Native parents happily send their children to Indigenous boarding schools today.

In our reporting we strive to separate the impact of the boarding school phenomenon from the lived experience of individual people.

Over the next few weeks, the West River Eagle invites you to share your stories of boarding schools. What was your experience? The experience of your ancestors? What family stories are passed down? What good or bad do you see from the boarding schools in life today?

Call us, email or, send a Facebook message, or come into the office. I would love to hear from you personally. Text me at (419) 490-6029 to open a conversation. Wóphila.

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