ᐱᐣᑎᑫᐣ (Come In)
Surviving and Fighting Dehumanizing Practices in Ontario Institutions
Passing Through the Darkness of our Past Lives into the Light of our Present Lives
In September 2021, Marie Slark and Antoinette Charlebois spoke with Sue Hutton about their hopes and desires for students learning to become educators, social workers, and health care providers.
Slark and Charlebois share their stories about the role of Children’s Aid Society in breaking up their family and placing them in the institution as children. As agents of human race betterment, agents of child and family welfare played a role in controlling relationships. They prevented some people from having children in order to build a future these authorities believed was in the best interests of a primarily white, middle-class society. Under the guise of child and family welfare, many families have been pulled apart. The solution for some is to re-connect with family. For others, family relationships are a source of harm.1(footnote) For Slark and Charlebois, they describe the institutional violence they encountered and share the importance of re-connecting with family to support one another.
Slark and Charlebois use humour to challenge oppression and educate about the truth. As Slark states, “They say we’re lying about it. But we’re not lying, we’re sitting [and talking about it].”
Credits | Transcript | ASL Content Alert
Braiding the Strands
Widening the Story: Artifact 1
Braiding and Weaving in More Strands
Land-based Care Activity
Madeline Burghardt et al., “Listen to Our Stories and Learn from Us: How Helping Professionals Can Support Institutional Survivors,” Journal of Progressive Human Services 32, no. 1 (2021): 63–69, Source. ↩
Dominique Ireland (Deaf Interpreter, Connect Interpreting Services), and Debbie Parliament (ASL-English Interpreter, Connect Interpreting Services). ASL video overlay by Aaron Kelly.
Writing/ dramaturgy: Kat Germain, Rebecca Singh, Jennifer Brethour
Consultations: Melanie Marsden, Melissa George-Watson
Voice Actors: Elder Glenda Klassen, Christine Malec, Colette Desjardins, Scotty Yams
Sound Engineer: David Stinson
Speakers: Marie Slark and Antoinette Charlebois. Interviewer: Sue Hutton. Video Editing and Captioning by Hannah Fowlie. Original Score by Angus McLellan. Photograph of the Huronia Regional Centre, 692 Memorial Avenue_Google Maps Image Capture, April 2021 Copyright Google. This project has been generously funded by eCampusOntario (ID # GUEL - 564) and University of Guelph’s Learning Enhancement Fund. Ontario Commons Licensing-Non Derivative.
Toaster Lab, ReVisioning Fitness, eCampusOntario, Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life, Guelph Museums, Respecting Rights, Creative Users Projects, ARCH Disability Law Centre, University of Guelph, Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice.