"In an attempt to begin telling our residential school story, the story of how these institutions affected, and continue to affect our lives, it is important to identify and discuss some of the key issues arising from our study. There is an ever growing body of residential school literature. Social scientists, and other academics continue to produce formal studies. These studies tend to be highly theoretical and impersonal. Somewhere in the process of their writing, the individual that attended residential school is lost. My aim here is to highlight the words and stories of Nuu-chah-nulth people, real individual people, so that our history can have a face, or more properly, so that we can own our history. This study will be an attempt to tell our story, not the larger 'residential school' story, but the story of how residential schools have affected our lives, our particular Nuu-chah-nulth lives. Very clearly, this is a continuing story. To this day, many people still suffer ill effects from having attended residential schools, or having had care-givers that attended those institutions. WARNING This report deals with childhood and adult memories, many of them unpleasant. The experiences described range from isolation, to violence, to sexual assault. Powerful emotions are involved including acute grief and anger. The words are the first hand accounts of the people themselves, and out of respect to them for sharing their stories, they are quoted exactly as they spoke. Sometimes this includes the use of graphic language which readers may find offensive. For those who were in residential school themselves, this report will bring up your own memories. It is recommended that you have a trusted person available to share your feelings with when you read it"--back cover.