Linda Isaac, a member of Alderville First Nation, spent 33 years as an educator in Ontario, and in that time, she can’t recall teaching a lesson about residential schools or Indigenous history.

“I never taught it — it was never part of the curriculum for me when I was a teacher,” the retired Toronto principal recalls. “If it was part of it, it was so small. And it was not what we know to be the truth today.”

It was like being two different people. Isaac said she would spend weekends in her community, about an hour and a half drive east of Toronto, and come Monday, she’d be back in Scarborough teaching her students, never really letting the two overlap.

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