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BUILDINGS & GROUNDS

Truth,
Reconciliation
AND Cemeteries
By Paul Racher, MA, CAHP, RPA
Principal - Management and Senior Review (MSR) Team
ARA Ltd.

I

n the late 1970s, when I was
a boy, my family moved from
southwestern Ontario to northern Alberta. The experience was
a culture shock on many levels,
but the one that stuck with me
most was that it was my first
encounter with Indigenous peoples. The
school I attended had many Indigenous
students who were bussed in from a
nearby First Nation. To my 12-yearold self, coming from a community in
which a Roman Catholic was considered
"exotic," this was grounds for excitement.
My only experience of Indigeneity had
been acquired watching Western movies and television shows (where the cast
members were seldom Indigenous and
story lines were often racist). I wondered
what the "real" people were like.
In the end, the answer was that they
were very much like me; young, awkward, insecure, and trying to find their
place in the world. Yet they were also
not like me, at least in terms of how
they were treated by school officials,
teachers and other students. One day
we were lined up and given tuberculosis
skin tests. The story we were told was
that TB was an issue at the First Nation
and they wanted to make sure we had
not been exposed. At the time, it never

occurred to me to question why the disease might be a problem there (given
that it was completely curable in 1978).
Frankly, I didn't worry much about it. I
knew that if I ever contracted TB, I would
be given drugs that would take care of it.
It seemed sensible, even laudable, that
the health authorities were keeping an
eye on me. That they were not treating
Indigenous people the same way seemed
natural too. Indigenous people were different - so why shouldn't the system
that took care of them be different? As
a person who regularly works with First
Nations communities now, I look back
on that view with a mixture of shame
and regret.
It would be hard to be a news-consuming Canadian nowadays without noticing that Indigenous issues have moved
to the forefront of the Canadian consciousness. Much of this can be traced
to the release of the final report of the
Truth and Reconciliation Commission
of Canada (TRC) in December of 2015.
The TRC started its work in 2007 as a
result of the Indian Residential Schools
Settlement Agreement - the largest class
action settlement in Canadian history.
Over the next eight years, the commission heard from over 6500 witnesses
who testified to the horrors they had

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suffered under the Residential Schools
system. The schools, government-funded
but church-run, were notorious for low
educational standards, substandard
facilities, hunger, physical abuse, sexual
abuse, and torture.
Over 150,000 students attended the
schools, which operated between the
mid-1800s and 1996. The TRC report concluded that the schools were an attempt
at cultural genocide; that children were
removed from their families, sometimes
forcibly, with the intent of isolating them
from their families, their languages and
their cultures. The intergenerational
trauma they created still resonates
through Indigenous communities today.
The stain it left on Canadian history may
explain why last year's "Canada 150" celebrations were rather more muted than
one might have expected. Our country
may have been a beacon to the poor of
Europe, but its treatment of Indigenous
peoples has given them little cause
for celebration.
Some of the material is extremely
shocking. The death rate of children in
residential schools was higher than that
of Canadian soldiers in World War 2. The
Commission identified 3,200 confirmed
deaths at the schools, though the final
number is probably much higher given



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Facility Forum - Spring 2018

Safe Ice Resurfacer Operations Online
Addressing Violence & Harassment in Recreational Facilities
Combatting Workplace Violence & Harassment: Four Tips for Employers
With Irrigation: Green = Safer
AODA for the Facility Manager
Truth, Reconciliation, Cemeteries
ORFA Professional Designations
Aquatics and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Energy Champion – The Engine to Excel
ORFA Awards & Recognition
Emergency Evacuations
Recreation Facilities Asset Management (RFAM)
Member Profile – Terry Vachon, General Manager Parks, Culture and Recreation, Clearview Township
Annual Professional Development & EXPO
FACTS: Arena Figure Skating Accident Claim Study
A Post Mortem of a Community’s Declared Recreation Facilities Emergency
Bump Testing Ammonia Sensors
Index of Advertisers
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Intro
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - cover1
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - cover2
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 3
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 4
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 5
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 6
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Safe Ice Resurfacer Operations Online
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Addressing Violence & Harassment in Recreational Facilities
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 9
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 10
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Combatting Workplace Violence & Harassment: Four Tips for Employers
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 12
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - With Irrigation: Green = Safer
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 14
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 15
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - AODA for the Facility Manager
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 17
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Truth, Reconciliation, Cemeteries
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 19
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - ORFA Professional Designations
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 21
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 22
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Aquatics and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 24
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Energy Champion – The Engine to Excel
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 26
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 27
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - ORFA Awards & Recognition
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Emergency Evacuations
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Recreation Facilities Asset Management (RFAM)
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 31
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 32
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Member Profile – Terry Vachon, General Manager Parks, Culture and Recreation, Clearview Township
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 34
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 35
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Annual Professional Development & EXPO
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - FACTS: Arena Figure Skating Accident Claim Study
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - A Post Mortem of a Community’s Declared Recreation Facilities Emergency
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Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 41
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 42
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Bump Testing Ammonia Sensors
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Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Index of Advertisers
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