A Prince Albert, Sask., woman is foundation her plod to healing by walking from her former residential school to Ottawa.
Patricia Ballantyne began her “Lumber of Sorrow” Saturday morning.
“I’m doing this for healing, for residential school survivors, our ancestors, our family and our formative years that were discovered in Kamloops,” she told CTV Information whereas already on her stroll.
Ballantyne attended Prince Albert Indian Residential School from 1978 to 1987.
Her mother passed away early in her childhood and she used to be positioned into foster care below the protection of her family.She left for a residential school at the age of 4.
“The agent had attach me on the checklist after my mother passed away and by the time I used to be of age, they got here in and said that I in actuality bear to slither in there because I used to be a foster miniature one,” Ballantyne said.
Ballantyne used to be within the care of her family and said she would bear rather stayed with them, nonetheless it wasn’t an option.
Ballantyne said her dad didn’t settle on to let her slither, nonetheless “they said ‘since she already registered we now bear to. If you happen to refuse, we are going to bear to focal point on taking the other formative years.’”
The contemporary discovery of the bodies of 215 formative years at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School struck a chord with her.
“It hit me laborious. It appropriate brought attend your whole memories that took place to me at the position and thinking how little and how younger these formative years were and how they weren’t ready to give protection to themselves.”
When she arrives in Ottawa, she’ll bear a message for parliament.
“We decide policies changed, miniature one family policies, rules and that to be changed because we composed bear the the same policies that we had within the residential school,” said Ballantyne.
She says Youngster and Family Services is failing Indigenous other folk and she wants to assist.
Ballantyne hopes to invent it your whole map to Melfort in her first day walking and plans to slither via Regina. She has no plans to stop by Saskatoon.
“I believed we would hit the reserves on this aspect since there are so many survivors on the reserves,” Ballantyne said. “I’m hoping that we are able to rise up other folk alongside the map that shall be a part of us.”
She is encouraging other folk to map and be a part of her on the Lumber of Sorrow, and her niece Sasha Michel joined the stroll for the first leg on Saturday.
“We are in this together and we can triumph over anything that comes our map.”
The Lumber of Sorrow will even be tracked on a Facebook community where Ballantyne has already posted movies and photos.
She’s additionally started a GoFundMe page to assist elevate funds for presents, meals, fuel and water for her plod.
If you happen to are a residential school survivor and searching strengthen, please reach out to the IRS Survivor Strengthen Workers Program in Saskatoon.