KUKDOOKAA TERRI BROWN
member of the Crow clan, Tahltan Nation, British Columbia, 63
I I WAS TAKEN from my family when I was 10 years old, in the fall. Autumn is always difficult for me, when all the leaves start to change. It’s this heartache. The worst thing is to be taken from your family. I thought I had done something wrong. My brother [Harry Brown] and I were sent to separate schools. I was sent to Whitehorse, almost 500 kilometres away from our home in Lower Post, B.C. He was sent to Chooutla School in Carcross, Yukon. I get to school and I look around for him and he’s not there. He was two years older. We were very, very close. We’d never been apart. People thought we were twins we were so much alike. He ran away three times to try to find me. But he didn’t know where he was going. He never recovered. He froze to death when he was 33. I say every time I tell the story that this is the last time, and then somebody else comes up and I say, “Maybe it will help someone else and maybe it will help me to get some of it out.” I want the world to be different for my children and grandchildren, and I want to make it a better place for everyone else who has suffered. It was genocide. We were not meant to survive all of this. I went on to university. It was a pure miracle that I did anything with my life.
The worst thing is to be taken from your family. I thought I had done something wrong.
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