Harper, Vern, Interview

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Title: Harper, Vern, Interview
Subject: First Nations, Spirituality, Discrimination, Elders, Racism
Description: Vern was interviewed on June 23, 1983 in Toronto, Ontario. Vern discusses his life experiences growing up in a foster home and cultural suppression. He provides a description of suppression on the reserves in the 1950s. Vern also describes his views of Aboriginal values and philosophy. He also discusses in detail sweat lodges and the role they played in his life. Once Vern turned sixteen he decided he wanted to know more about his past since he was away from his parents at such a young age. He did some family research and was caught between two cultures. When Vern became an Elder, he began sharing his experiences and stories with people. He discusses some of the roles of Elders and how they are teachers. Vern also briefly talks about school, what his opinion of the city is, transportation, and the relationship between First Nations and Non-First Nations.
Publisher: Gabriel Dumont Institute
Date: 1983/06/23
Type: Text Document
Format: application/pdf
Language: English
Alternate Title: Out of Province Métis
Date of Copyright: May 30, 2003
Coverage: Toronto, Ontario
GDI Media Location: GDI Oral Histories Interviews
GDI Media Filename: Harper, Vern - Ontario Metis.pdf

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