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Washing away 'debilitating trauma and pain'

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An elderly woman from the Haisla Nation on B.C.'s north coast conducted a cleansing ceremony Tuesday at the Capilano Indian Reserve to address the psychic anguish caused by Indian residential schools. "This cleansing ceremony is the way we wash away the historic debilitating trauma and pain that our bodies have carried far too long," Louisa Smith said during a moving ceremony at a meeting organized by the Indian Residential School Survivors Society