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Truth and Reconciliation, By Leslie Ann Paige

Truth and Reconciliation, By Leslie Ann Paige

Let me tell you a story of a Salish woman who came from two worlds. She, being the youngest of many, started off on a secluded island. She came from poverty, but like so many others from that era, was rich in so many other aspects. She came from a strong traditional family, and was raised in a traditional way. Yet the tides of change experienced across all of Canada and the United States at the time created havoc, and it truly was survival of the fittest. She grew up with her siblings as they all eventually left the island, she followed her mother place to place working odd jobs, and spent summers with her grandmother. She at times lived in the longhouse in the winter time. Her first language was Hulq’umi’num. Without the opportunity for education, she taught herself to read and write in English. She came from many things in the Salish way, and one of those things was storytelling, and she read and told stories until...

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