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Indigenous woman wants apology for alleged segregation

By Miranda Leybourne  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter An Indigenous woman from Waywayseecappo First Nation who remembers being segregated as a student at Rossburn Elementary School is hoping for an apology from the federal and provincial governments for what she and other First Nation students say they experienced. Michelle Brandon was six years old when she started attending the school, located 145 kilometres northwest of the city of Brandon, in the 1970s. Brandon said she, her brother and other First Nations students who attended the school were not allowed to use the front door and were segregated into portable classrooms, called huts, behind the school. “They ended up separating us and we did not understand it,” Brandon said. “I did not understand, being a little girl, I didn’t understand all that.

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