TORONTO, June 4, 2013 /CNW/ -
Dear Premier Wynne:
We are writing today to tell more about our class action lawsuit to seek
justice and compensation for the abuse we endured while we were
institutionalized at the Huronia Regional Centre in Orillia.
You may remember meeting with us last year at the Truth and
Reconciliation gathering in Toronto. You really seemed to care about
what happened to us. You seemed really interested and you seemed to
We want you to know what it was like to be turned upside down by some
Huronia staff, held by our feet and have our head plunged into the
hopper (like a toilet bowl) until we couldn't breathe. Or how, as
punishment, some of the staff would stomp on our heads. We were even
forced to turn on one another, and hurt each other as punishment.
We were humiliated at Huronia. In large groups, we were herded into the
showers, naked. We were forced to wait in line, again naked, for our
clothes and underwear. Other times we were forced to march around the
playroom with our pants down. There was sexual abuse, too.
Many of us thought that we would die at Huronia, and be buried out
behind the barn where the grave markers had no names, only numbers. It
was as if we were imprisoned for a crime we did not commit - and that
our only "crime" was having an intellectual disability.
The trial is supposed to begin on September 30, 2013. Just today we
learned that our trial could have started three weeks earlier - on
September 9 - but the Attorney General said no. Our lawyers have told
us your people have tried to delay as much as they can. Why have you
We read in the newspaper that it is Seniors' month and that your
government wants to make sure seniors are taken care of and treated
well. We are seniors, and we have special challenges in our lives. What
can you do to help us?
We were very young children - just six and seven years old - when we
were sent to live at Huronia. Our childhood was spent being abused, and
living in fear of more abuse. We are luckier than most because we got
out and can speak for ourselves now. No one should have to live this
All we want is justice - and an apology - for everyone who lived at
Huronia. We also want everyone to know what happened there so that it
can never happen again.
SOURCE: Koskie Minsky LLP
For further information:
Koskie Minsky LLP