I Passed it On
- Nishnawbe Aski Nation, 2005 -
When I remembered my experiences at residential school I became angry and frustrated and I would take things our on those around me – my spouse and my children. It was as if I did not care about them. Unfortunately, I vented my anger on my children and they learned to do the same kinds of things I did. They eventually had many of the same problems I did and their attitudes were similar. When I was sober I would notice these displays of anger in my boys and I would ask myself, “Where did I go wrong”, how could I have passed so many bad things on to my children?” Seeing my children acting in the same manner really hurt me.