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By Dennis Hanagan Special To Turtle Island News Photos by Dennis Hanagan TORONTO – When Robert Lebel was a little boy his grandfather told him what life was like in a residential school. The old man knew what he was talking about – he lived in one, The Mohawk Institute. Lebel, who works at the Native Canadian Centre in Toronto, was on hand at last week’s fourth annual Indigenous Legacy Gathering at Nathan Phillips Square. Its purpose was to honour residential school survivors. “He survived,” said Lebel of his grandfather’s residential school experience. “But he was scarred for life afterward.” “When I was a child he used to tell me stories about what happened,” said Lebel. “And then he stopped talking.” Lebel thinks what happened is the same as what…

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