MNY: A residential school is an institutional school set up by the federal government. In Canada, the government took Native children away from their families to these schools where they lived for the entire year. Teachers isolated the children and did not permit them to speak their Indigenous languages. There were 137 of these schools in Canada, and I believe the last one closed in 1992. The multi-generational impacts of this trauma are expressed today in high incarceration rates, drug and alcohol abuse, and poor parenting. Because I didn’t have to go to residential school, that really underscored the feeling of me being somewhat unusual and even privileged.