Justice Minister Bloyce Thompson delivered an emotional apology Thursday to Jason Sark, the 42-year-old Mi’kmaq who endured what the PEI Court of Appeal determined to be a miscarriage of justice at the hands of PEI’s justice system.

Mr Sark sat within the Apology Circle, quietly listening as a number of his supporters and Minister Thompson spoke unscripted,each speaker holding the sacred eagle feather in hand.

Sark Listens

Mr Sark sat within the Apology Circle, quietly listening as a number of his supporters and Minister Thompson spoke unscripted,each speaker holding the sacred eagle feather in hand. Photo by Rachel Collier

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Mi'kmaq elder, Junior Peter-Paul said he appreciated the minister's apology and is looking forward to positive relationships. However, he hopes the minister compensates Mr Sark for his lost time in custody. 

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KennethMi'KMaq1

My name is kenny I grew up under the same conditions and know where Jason is coming from. I spent almost all of my teenage years in the young offenders, because I guess that's were they thought I belonged. To this day I still dream about the time myself and another resident got into a fight, I was sent to the Georgetown jail upstairs I was 12 or 13 , I was put in a room with a bucket in the corner for the bathroom and only got a mattress at night. Three days as the other kid was put in his room at the youth center. I asked myself a lot why until I finally realized years later it was the color of my skin. I tried to tell this story before but no one ever wanted to listen. That is just one incident among many of me as a child and Racism. People wonder why I was the person I was for most of my adult life. Wow If only people held the sadness I did as a young man they would be very angry at the world and be like Jason and I.

Rachel Collier Staff
Rachel Collier

Hi Kenny,

It's Rachel Collier here, the co-author of this story. It sounds like your story may be another that is hard to hear but may be important to share. I'm wondering if you'd be interested in speaking with me and potentially working with me to share your story of all those years ago. It could bring light to how Indigenous people still living today have been treated recently on PEI.

You could email me at rcollier@peicanada.com or call or text me at 1-902-579-1473.

Wishing you all the best whether you reach out or not :)

Rachel

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