“I would like to say something nice, but unfortunately when you’re whipped into submission, it’s not that pretty.”

The great Canadian artist Alex Janvier, now 85, still lives on the Cold Lake First Nation, still paints four or five hours a day, and is now more outspoken than ever, including on his experiences in one Canada’s residential schools.

Janvier attended Blue Quills residential school in the town of St. Paul, northeast of Edmonton, from 1941 to 1950 and says of those days: “They wanted to kill the Indian in me so I could become equal to you as a white person.”

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