One of the most devastating acts of colonization for Indigenous Peoples in Canada was the federal government’s implementation of the Indian Residential School system. For roughly seven generations, nearly every First Nations, Inuit and Metis child in Canada was interned in a residential school, in a futile attempt to assimilate and acculturate Indigenous Peoples into the dominant society, and expedite the extinction of Indigenous Peoples. This presentation provides a brief overview of Canada’s Indian Residential School system, it’s legacy, and the direct and intergenerational effects of the schools on multiple generations of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
Lisa Murdock is a member of Katl’odeeche First Nation, NWT. Lisa is the mother of three beautiful and resilient children – Nolan, Madison and Adam – each of whom she is most proud. Lisa currently resides in Plumas, a small community located roughly 70 km northwest of Portage la Prairie.
Lisa achieved a Master of Arts degree from the Department of Sociology at the University of Manitoba, and she has over 30 years of experience working with Indigenous Peoples and communities. Lisa has a keen interest in program and policy development aimed at improving outcomes for Indigenous children and families, and she is very passionate about creating awareness and understanding of the history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, and the lasting influence of colonial policies and practices on Indigenous-Canada relations.
Lisa currently works as a Program and Policy Consultant in the Child and Youth Services Division of the Manitoba Department of Families. She also works as a Research Associate for the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health.
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