Alberta residential faculty survivor receives honorary doctorate: ‘You didn’t get the very best of me’

Alberta residential school survivor receives honorary doctorate: ‘You didn’t get the best of me’

2021-06-09 01:29:43

Clarence Wolfleg remembers the day his mom took him to highschool.

It was 1956 and for the subsequent 5 1/2 years he attended the Previous Solar Residential College exterior Gleichen in southern Alberta.

“My first reminiscence was when my mom suited me up in my most interesting — my GWG denim jacket, my new pants and my little fedora hat. I stated, ‘The place am I going?’ She stated, ‘We’re going to go to that place.’”

Wolfleg was 6 1/2 years outdated. He was capable of earn excessive sufficient marks to attend a public faculty when he was 12.

He doesn’t say the identify of the residential faculty. It’s merely “that place.”

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Wolfleg, 72, shared a few of his not-so-fond reminiscences on Tuesday earlier than Mount Royal College in Calgary bestowed him with an honorary physician of legal guidelines diploma for his efforts as an elder and religious adviser.

“It was horrible in a way that I couldn’t join with my language to appease my ache. I couldn’t cry as a result of they instructed me you possibly can’t cry, so my feelings was hidden inside me,” he stated.

Wolfleg’s mom gave some older boys “a number of {dollars}” to guard him from a number of the monks and different college students. Leaving the establishment is considered one of his higher reminiscences.

“Probably the most happiest second I had was after I left there and … I wasn’t going again. I regarded again and stated, ‘Effectively, you didn’t get the very best of me. I’m nonetheless alive. My spirit continues to be with me.’”


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Wolfleg stated when he first entered the college, he dedicated to following his father’s instance of becoming a member of the army and turning into a religious chief to his individuals.

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He achieved each.

Phrase that continues to be believed to be of Indigenous youngsters had been discovered on the former Kamloops Indian Residential College has reawakened different reminiscences for Wolfleg, referred to as Miiksika’am in Blackfoot.

“I had to consider three women that had been discovered not even 300 yards from (my) faculty,” stated Wolfleg.

“They ran away from faculty and the home they went to was only a quarter mile down the street. A heavy snowstorm hit they usually had been discovered huddled on a hilltop south of the college.

“Somewhat lady within the center, she survived, however the different two handed away.”

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College president Tim Rahilly stated Wolfleg has develop into an icon on the establishment and helped many Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals together with his knowledge. He stated the diploma is the very best honour the college provides out and the choice was made lengthy earlier than the information out of Kamloops.

“We now have been working for a very long time on making an attempt to acknowledge Indigenous methods of figuring out and to acknowledge longer service of Indigenous people in our neighborhood,” he stated.

“I believe the emotional weight of what’s occurred lately is one thing that’s on all of our minds.”

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The commencement ceremony was not in contrast to a drive-in film. Graduates sat of their automobiles watching the stage.


At an outside drive-in convocation ceremony Mount Royal College bestows an honorary Physician of Legal guidelines on Blackfoot Elder and residential faculty survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, June 8, 2021.


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At an outside drive-in convocation ceremony Mount Royal College bestows an honorary Physician of Legal guidelines on Blackfoot Elder and residential faculty survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, June 8, 2021.


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At an outside drive-in convocation ceremony Mount Royal College bestows an honorary Physician of Legal guidelines on Blackfoot Elder and residential faculty survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, June 8, 2021.


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Chancellor Daybreak Farrell paid tribute to residential schoolchildren as she addressed the graduates.

“Our hearts break for them, for his or her household, for his or her communities, for all of our residential faculty survivors and all of our Indigenous and First Nations individuals.”




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