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Learning to love and accept myself helped me overcome fear


Last updated 1/16/2016 at 12:32pm

Helen Worm

Helen Worm was sent to residential school as were her parents before her. "We weren't taught self-awareness and we battled emotions and feelings of abandonment, neglect and abuse. Many residential school students who came out of these situations don't understand themselves or what happened to them or why they are the way they are. It is only through prayer that I have overcome these issues and dealt with managing my anger. Prayer has helped me to get through all this.

i'm Cree and I was born on the Kawacatoose First Nation near Quentin, Saskatchewan. My dad was born in 1923 and my mother in 1930. My parents went to Residential School for eight years. I also went to a residential school for three years, just 15 miles east of where I lived.

My parents didn't learn much at the school as they had to work most of the time. Their job was to keep the school clean. The school was run by the Roman Catholic Church and it was very strict.

As so many Indigenous children of their generation, they didn't learn how to be parents so my childhood was a very d...

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