listening to mary adams speak was difficult. the pain from her past and present challenges is evident in her knowledge, life experiences and in her expression. Although Mary has clearly chosen her path in a good way, you can see the challenges that she, and her community are faced with. The needed change is a difficult one, however, I believe that the action of change will happen with the youth.
"We are on the threshold of a new beginning where we are in control of our own destinies. We must be careful and listen to the voices that have been silenced by fear and isolation. We must be careful not to repeat the patterns or create the oppressive system of the residential schools. We must build an understanding of what happened to those generations that came before us". --Wayne Christian, Behind Closed Doors: Stories from the Kamloops Indian Residential School, 2000 (http://indigenousfoundations.arts.ubc.ca/home/government-policy/the-residential-school-system.html)