In honour of Orange Shirt Day, a day in which we commemorate the residential school experience honouring the healing journey of the survivors and their families and committing to the ongoing process of reconciliation, today’s special episode of the Gold Rush Trail storyteller series features Kwantlen Elder Hazel (Filardo) Gludo. Hazel is an Indigenous heritage interpreter at Fort Langley National Historic Site and descendant of the original Fort Langley. Here, Hazel explains how her mother taught her to become resilient and proud of who she is after her time in a residential school. By sharing with us her own family history, Hazel teaches us the importance of honouring your roots, reconciliation and celebrating Indigenous heritage. For more information about Fort Langley National Historic Site visit their website or to learn more about other Indigenous experiences along the Gold Rush Trail, we invite you to follow the trail to the Indigenous Experiences and Indigenous Cultural Experiences pages.
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