Local singer-songwriter Errol Ranville looks for ways to honor history
Amidst the shock and sadness, Errol Ranville sees an opportunity.
Finding the remains of 215 children at a former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia, gives Indigenous artists like him the chance to keep the memories of those who survived school abuse and the thousands who died in schools at the forefront of Canadians. ‘spirits.
“There is a window right now for us. We have the world’s attention and I think right now anyone of any importance in what I call the Neeche community, it’s our time to address what happened and what it is today and ask) ‘Where do we go from here?’ “, says Ranville.
“With all of this about residential schools in the news cycle right now, you get emotional, and that’s when I write songs. Some things are difficult to write.
“How can we participate in society in general? Where are we setting now that the door is open, so to speak? It’s unfortunate that it’s a situation like this, 215 kids, but if that’s what it takes to get the attention of the general public … ”
Ranville, 68, grew up near Eddystone, about 250 kilometers northwest of Winnipeg, near the west shore of Lake Manitoba, and has completed a dissertation that will detail his childhood years, his childhood in poverty. and learning the guitar. with only five strings.