Media Awards 2016 - Audio/Video
In the Video/Audio category, Cullen Crozier wins for “Forgotten Survivors” APTN Investigates, February 19, 2016.
“By excluding former students in Newfoundland and Labrador from the original residential schools settlement, the federal government undermined the credibility of its apology for what is a national tragedy,” says Madelaine Drohan, one of the three judges. “More importantly, it worsened the plight of those already wounded by its actions. Cullen Crozier of APTN used their wrenching testimony to shine a spotlight on a glaring miscarriage of justice. He did so with just the right blend of sensitivity and directness to get the message across. Amidst many impressive entries in the audio/visual category, Mr. Crozier’s work stood out for the judges. It is heartening to know that several months after it was broadcast the federal government reached a financial settlement with this group of forgotten survivors.”
It’s been almost 8 years since the federal government took responsibility for Canada’s Indian Residential School System. But what about the Forgotten Survivors? To this day former students who attended schools in Newfoundland and Labrador have never been officially acknowledged by Ottawa because the province joined Confederation in 1949. Therefore, the federal government doesn’t feel legally responsible.