LETTERS OF SUPPORT
Federation Beginnings - Comments to the Founder from the international
From The United States Aboriginal Community:
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Dear Roch Longueepee,
I am sure you are doing many orphans a service which is much
needed. I am very sympathetic to the cause of orphans, also those
who have been abused.
I understand that you are not running an orphanage. Therefore,
I will post your organization in another section where organizations
that assist orphans are listed.
I hope this is helpful.
With warm greetings,
Director & Webmaster
Orphanage.org has been registered by K.E.K. Gems International
Co. Ltd. from Bangkok, Thailand for the only reason to make it
the homepage of all orphanages in the world. It has been donated
to all orphanages to insert their links into that page, or if
they do not have a homepage, to get a free homepage here from
us without charge to them.
Great to hear of your org - like Jim I believe we are only energised
networking with each other - Moving forward the agenda we all
share for change
and the struggle to obtain true acknowledgement of our histories.
Looking forward to seeing your initiative develop
Thanks for getting in touch. Fascinating to hear about your work
in Canada and what has been happening over there. We are in the
middle of organising a conference for careleavers over here. It
takes place on Saturday. Once that is over, I will be able to
put up a link to your site on our own. The international memorial
day sounds great. When are you planning it for?
In the meantime, I'd encourage you to check out our Care Leavers
Association website (www.careleavers.com) for more about us. Also,
I'm copying this mail to Bob Balfour. Bob is one of our members
who has a particular interest in institutional child abuse issues.
Check out his interest on our website. Finally, I'm copying the
email to Leonie Hewitt, from our sister organisation in Australia,
CLAN (Care Leavers of Australia Network). They have just got a
nation-wide parliamentary investigation authorised, into the institutional
child abuse t hat took place in Australia. We have a link to CLAN
on our website.
Most of all, keep in touch. I've long thought that it is both
possible and the right time to develop an international network
of care leavers. One of the good sides of globalisation through
All the best,
Jim Goddard (secretary)
Yes this is a good idea uniting all our groups I have been
wanting to do this for a long time .
My organization is called Breaking The Silence (Helping Survivors
Of Residentisl School Abuse) I am working wit the Natives of the
North if you have any more questions please get back to me .
You don't know me. And chances are, you're better off for
it. But just the same, I am a member of LINK UP and I happened
to read your email to John S. this morning re: the impending Survivors
First meeting with "The Church"...and because my head
is spinning, I am going to close my eyes and jump...and lay something
very personal in your lap. Please know that I do not do this because
I blame you in any way, shape or form. I do this because I want
to encourage you, I want to BE a living attestment to your mission
to build your memorial to victims and survivors.
I want you to remember what you read and to fight long and hard
to succeed in your mission. Attached you will find a copy of two
letters. The first is the reply I received from my "devout"
catholic sister in law, (Blank) after she read your letter I circulated
about your desire for the Memorial to survivors. Obviously, you
don't know me OR her...but perhaps you can or will appreciate
what one female survivor (me) has to say about clergy sexual abuse
and its IMPACT on people...and about what blind devotion without
personal accountability or mental stretching can do to the sheeple
that we survivors have to try to live with or explain ourselves
And finally, because I am simply reeling from the events of my
life of late, I add this as a footnote to the attached letters...they
were the final straw. The day I shared those letters with my husband
was the day (last Monday) that we decided the only way to live
through this mess was to divorce. When it rains, it acid rains,
it seems. For the record, and for clarity, (Blank) is my clergy
abuser, (Blank) is my sons' clergy abuser, (BlanK) is (Blank’'s)
bishop...(BlanK) is my (soon to be ex)...(BlanK) and (BlanK) are
my sons. I KNOW, believe me, that this is a bizarre gesture...to
forward this to you. Please...indulge me. I'm grasping at any
hands in the darkness and I don't even KNOW why I would think
you should read this...but nonetheless, I do... I'm NOT crazy.
I am just tired and when I saw your post this morning on LINK
UP, obviously, I associated you with the Memorial Letter and that
sucked me right in to this state of mind...whereby I cry out for
sense in this madness...
With Regards and Apologies
Melissa, Survivor, and mother of 2 survivors
Yes, I am eager to help in this project. I'll begin looking
for submissions to the website, and get the word out to my connections
to provide information. Your description of the stie, with links
to countries, etc. sounds wonderful and should really open some
eyes as to the widespread scope of this problem. I did read the
article from Ireland; shocking. I have a contact in Ireland who
might be able to locate the group. Do you still need that info?
I'll also link your site from our Linkup website.
From here we can keep working together.
My name is Nicole and I got your e-mail address from Turtle
Island Network. I read the message you posted and thought maybe
you can assist me. I am a student conducting a community based
research project on women in reidential schools. I am a counsellor
and an advocate for violence against women and think it is important
to research this topic. I am not a survivor of residential schools
and would like to speak with a woman who is. I think it is important
that women from our community to share thier stories and will
hopefull lead to some sort of healing. Let me know if I can ask
you a few questions via- e-mail. Your story will be totally confidential.
Also, let me know if you have a few tips for me!
Thank you, Take care.
Thank you for your e-mail. Please let me know more
about ways people can participate.
Neil Brick (editor of SMART)
I am impressed with your idea for a memorial day for victims.
I'd like to know more about it.
You are right in that the record of abuse in Canada is terrible.
I was there just one week ago at a surivors meeting in Cornwall.
Some of the stories I heard were frightening.
Perhaps I can help to advertise your event in our organization:
The Linkup. We have about 3,000 members, mainly in the US but
a few in Canada too.
Thanks for the hard work you're doing for survivors of abuse,
President, The Linkup
Excellent web page! Just returned from Cornwall. Love Canada.
I am so sorry that so much evil was done there... I am so proud
of the good that is now following.
All best wishes!
I just arrived home from Italy - it was wonderful - although
they are years behind us in the clergy abuse issues - At this
congress I was speaking at there was a head of state from the
European and British parliament and as well as others from different
countries and of course from Italy - No one had ever heard that
Canada had a problem with clergy sexual abuse - let alone the
residential schools in Canada and other major groups, - they had
heard about things in Australia and U.S.A. - and yet the situation
in Canada is 10 times worse - so I disclosed what had gone on
in Canada - I spoke for over 1.5 hours and did a slide presentation
on some of the photographs I have from the residential schools
and from my exhibition Wounded Boys - Courageous Men. I have made
some interesting contacts in Europe and I think they will be interested.
I wish you well on your activist journey!
Thank you for your email and for sharing your very thoughtful
letter to survivors of institutional child abuse. I certainly
applaud your efforts to bring greater awareness to this issue
and to the continued suffering of those involved. I believe your
heartfelt approach will bring positive results. I would be very
happy to talk with you about how we at The National Day of Healing
and Reconciliation initiative can collaborate in this important
healing work. I am in the middle of some personal changes and
moving so I would suggest talking sometime around the middle of
November. How does this sound to you? I have cc'd your email to
both Maggie Hodgson, Residential School Advisor, and to Carol
Jenkins, Communications Officer at Nechi/Visions. Please feel
free to also make contact with them about expanding your contact
base for your project. I would suggest also that you check out
our website and see if our initiative fits with your own perspective.
See us at http://ndhrcanada.visions.ab.ca
I will look forward to talking to you in November. If you feel
so inclined please print out and add your own name to our petition,
circulate, and/or send us a letter of support for the initiative.
Thanks very much. Take care.
In hope of healing,
Edward Edward Colley,
I received your email in a very round-about way. Very impressive!
You emailed people on a list and one of them from Austrailia,
in turn emailed it to me (as a part of her list). I am an American,
(NW Pennsylvania) and survived 4 1/2 years of boarding school.
Is your conference open to Americans (as the title "International"
would suggest)? Can you get me the details? I am also a universiry
student and will post pertinent information throughout the campus.
Roch.....Very, very impressive. You have great plans. Contact
with SNAP and LINKUP will surely help. Have you been in contact
with the Irish and Australian people as well......Colm O'Gorman
and Barry Coldrey?
I am worn out now...long day, hence the short response but I promise
a longer one once I get my zip back.
Dear Mr. Longueepee,
Thank you so much for making contact with my colleagues in
the U.S. and i. My name is David Gagnon, and i am the Canadian
Coordinator for SNAP-Canada, and a member of the Canadian Church
Abuse Survivors' Alliance(CCASA). We are making every effort to
make further inroads in our connections with the first nations,
metis and inuit communities, and i am pleased to have received
your e-mail. Your link to your community website, however, does
not open on my computer, so i wonder if you would not mind being
so kind as to foward me the website address again. I would be
very interested in knowing more about your work, where you are
located and in what areas you are working. We are currently dialoguing
with the Assembly of First Nations, and we hope to significantly
increase our membership from the AFN, Metis and Inuit communities
over the coming months. I will hope to hear more from you in the
near future. Thank you again for making contact, and I will look
forward to the possibility of connecting sometime soon.
I wanted to tell you that I listened to a survivor of the
Dupless Orphanage at the linkup conference. He was a beautiful
man who spoke French.. He had an interpreter. He broke down several
times.. I wept thru the whole thing hearing the horrors he had
to experience...I felt so bad for him and all of them my heart
is rebroken... I got to shake his hand and tell him he was wonderful
and than him...I thought of you and want you to know how sorry
I am for all of us it is overwhelming and there needs to be exposure
and accountability... they can't just sodomie and rape their way
thru history and not accept accountability.
I needed to hear what I heard to become more compassionate.. toward
other victims of such horrible abuse. Now I understand why you
are so devoted to your work and the plan you have. Believe me,
I could not stop crying and I hadn't cried like that my whole
It made everything real. Again, I am sorry and I am your ally.
First I would like to congratulate you for taking on such
a wonderful challenge. I would think that once your project is
up and running you will help many people gain closure which will
enable them to move forward with their lives.
I am definitely interested in acquiring more information.
So far what has been done on the web site looks great! Very professional.
I look forward to seeing it when it once it is completed. I am
more than willing to do anything I can to help out and will contact
Kenneth sometime in the next week or so to offer my assistance
with the Canadian child care institutions list.
Director & Webmaster, TRIAD Canada
Looking for adoption related links??
Come check out our website!!
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where
there is no path and leave a trail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
We have just had a conversation about your organization, the
Inter-Nations Justice Federation. The work you are doing sounds
fascinating and I would appreciated more info which you said you
could provide by way of a hyper link to your proposed web site.
Good luck to you.
Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada
Your email arrived with me out of the blue and I welcome it.
It is obvious to me that you have read my website well and that
you are familiar with my past and perhaps my childhood. My life
in institutional care is written in my best selling book, The
God Squad which is no going to be re-issued yet again.
I welcome what you are doing but I am interested in finding out
more from you as to where you see me role in remembering victims
It was wonderful to have spoken to you today, thank you for taking
the time to call and for enduring my ear wrenching conversation!
Sometimes, I feel I just have to say so many things that my mouth
travels faster than my brain. I enjoyed our conversation.
I look forward to us keeping in touch and I also look forward
to exchanging information that will help in whatever small way
to enhance or improve those people who were so abused and in some
cases destroyed, as children.
Please do remain in contact with me.
My very warmest wishes,
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter".
Martin Luther King Jnr
so sorry to hear of your nightmare for a childhood and know what
it feels like. Happy though to hear that you are working hard
on the behalf of other's too. I lived at the convent of no mercy,
Bristol, England and we too had a burial site for girls, unmarked
of coarse and it is ??????? What they got away with. Kindest Regards
and great to have you here with us.
Thanks for your e-mail could you please tell me a bit about your
time at the homes as in the cottage and the years you lived there.
I wanted to acknowledge the work your foundation does. You hit
it on the head, indifference is the ultimate disssss.. We all
can be difference makers by recognizing and responding when any
one reaches out!
I survived an orphanage in a third world country, Louisiana....
I am also being proactive and would humbly ask that if the name
Madonna Manor / Hope Haven is brought to your attention, that
you would share my e-mail address in the hope I might once again
re-unite with my lost mates.
Keep the faith enjoy the fresh air, smile at everyone you meet
that should make it clear, letting down your hair letting out
a little air, resentment and despair, slowly disappear!
"Believing is an action verb"
Just a quick note to say hello, and e-mail me the info again.
I may have deleted it the other day as I was cleaning up my mail
box. Keep me informed. was at the web site, very interesting.
I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO CONTACT YOU , YOUR E-MAILS ARE RETURNED
TO ME AS UNABLE TO DELIVER.... HOPEFULLY YOU WILL RECEIVE THIS
ONE.. YOUR ARTICLE TOUCHED ME. WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE OF THE
"INTERNATIONS JUSTICE FEDERATION"
was good talking to u
too just letting u know that ur e-mail got here fine :) yes...looking
forward to u guys coming ova to aussie
talk again soon.......
n ty again for ur inspiration :)