In a recent interview with 680 News in Toronto, Carey Price shared that he believes Canada needs to do better in educating its citizens about the history of residential schools in the country.
In the interview, Price shared that his grandmother went to a residential school and that the experiences she endured still brings up many emotions for his mother, chief of Ulkatcho First Nation in British Columbia, Lynda Price.
According to CBC, a convoy was arranged during the Stanley Cup final around the rink in Anahim Lake, BC, the place where Price grew up playing hockey. The man to organize the event was Graham West, someone that has known Carey Price since their youth and admires his leadership in the Indigenous community:
“Price is a role model for Indigenous people across the country, and has given the community something to cheer for at a time when many are mourning the discovery of over a thousand unmarked graves outside the sites of former residential schools.”
In a recent article from the Montreal Gazette, Price shared his thoughts on the lack of awareness surrounding the history of residential schools in the country: “It’s definitely an emotional time for everybody [...] I don’t think a lot of people were even aware of what a residential school even was. That part of our history in Canada was not covered very well.”
He shared that he believes the first step in the reconciliation process is to recognize that this is a part of our history in Canada.