How many aboriginal children died while in the custody of residential schools just like Jeremy Cardinal? Jeremy was Blue’s first friend when he arrived at the school and Blue did as much as he could to help the little guy survive. When Jeremy ran for his life and drowned, it was a defining moment for Blue and catalyzed his escape from the school. See Page 88 in the book.

The recent story in  by Peter Edwards of March 15, 2011 entitled “Star readers rally to bring Charlie Hunter home” reinforces the prevelence of this occurence during those years of incarceration. I think the days of blame must come to an end and instead we must all work together to begin about the healing process. A national monument to all those who will never be found or returned should be built by the Truth and Reconcilation Commission. This would be a good first step and help ensure that we “never forget”.