My memories of living with my parents were happy ones until my father died in 1954. My mother struggled to raise 7 young children on her own. Unfortunately, she was not able to manage due to a mental breakdown and she was institutionalized and this resulted in me and my siblings being placed in the Mohawk Institute Residential School (Mushhole) in 1957 in Brantford, Ontario. Entry into the Residential School was very scary for us. We had no one to turn to and were totally reliant on the administrators of the school for any and all of our needs. The focus of my story is to let others know that what should have been a positive in our lives turned out to be the opposite.
… healthy growth and development was not evident at the “Mushhole”.
What happens to a child when separated from their parents? How are their needs met and by this I mean the emotional, psychological, spiritual and physical well being? Being deprived of the basic nurturing components that would ensure healthy growth and development was not evident at the “Mushhole”. From the very beginning the isolation and loneliness was very evident. The one way of ensuring compliance with children was to physically punish and threaten.