Boarding school panelists talk of maintaining cultural strengths
September 14, 2022
Last Saturday at the Sharing Our Knowledge Conference, a “Break the Silence” panel discussion highlighted a wide range of perspectives on and experiences with Alaska Native boarding schools.
Some panelists identified with the term “boarding school survivor;” others did not. Some lost their language while attending a church- or government-run institution; others did not. Even the act of recounting boarding school experiences, while healing for some, was exhausting for others.
“We have different experiences. We’re different people,” said panelist Barbara Hobbis, of the Teslin...