Every voice matters

Every voice matters
Deaf and hard of hearing children find their voices.
Adapted from the Children’s Hearing and Speech Centre of BC
by Nancy Carson
Level 2

Children’s-Hearing-and-Speech-Centre-of-BC

Children learn to listen and speak
at the Children’s Hearing and Speech Centre of B.C.
Photo courtesy of CHSC

In 1968, a mother visits a doctor.
Her tiny son cannot hear well.
The doctor says the boy
will never speak clearly.
At 14 months old, the child gets
his first hearing aids.
Now people say the doctor was wrong.

Family looks for options
Later, the mother hears about a new centre.
This centre opened in 1963.
The family is very happy.
They are one of the first families
in the new program.

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B.C. says sorry

Drummers perform at the 150th anniversary of the hangings Photo by Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press

Drummers perform at the 150th anniversary of the hangings.
Photo by Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun and The Province
by Nila Gopaul

Listen to the story– Level 2
Reading by Corey Muench

The year was 1864.
B.C. was a British colony.
Gold was discovered in the Cariboo.
And there was conflict. Men died.

The B.C. government wanted
to build a toll road to the Cariboo.
The government wanted people to pay to use the road.

The Chilcotin First Nation protected its land.
It fought against the building of the road.

The government called five First Nations chiefs
for peace talks.
But there were no talks.

The government arrested,
and then later hanged all five chiefs.
Another chief went to talk
to the government.
He was hanged, too.

It took B.C. 150 years
to say sorry
to the Chilcotin First Nation.

In October 2014,
Premier Christy Clark said sorry.
The chiefs of 1864
were not wrong, says Clark.

Links
CBC story on the Supreme Court Ruling
Video on Chiefs being commemorated in Quesnel, B.C.