The last two years have taught me many things…namely, the realities of doing this kind of work and the personal toll it can take. One thing that I had to do was check my privilege and realize that my blog was far too narrow. This blog does not take into consideration how complex some of these cases really are, and for that I am sorry.
I’ve had a few people contact me in their desperation, and each time it took all of our combined skills to find the answers. I’ve gone through residential school attendance records. I’ve listened to horrifying tales. My tears have dripped onto this keyboard more times than I can count. But it was all worth it, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
For these reasons and so much more, this vigilante-researcher will be expanding! I am looking to start a non-profit that offers free research and personal advocacy services for Indigenous people, by Indigenous people and settler-allies. What does all that mean!? Basically…we will help investigate old documents, government documents, or simply come help you with difficult paperwork. This applies to ANY survivor seeking answers.
When I say ‘we,’ I am referring to the Private Investigative Researchers for Aboriginal Truth in Edmonton (PIRATE) network. Website is currently under construction…updates to follow. ❤