In November 2017, the National Inquiry into Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls arrived in Edmonton, Alberta. Elementary school students were invited to take part and learn about the impact on communities and families. They were also given an opportunity to interview one another on camera with iPads.
Harry Rusk was born to Edward and Mary Etsuka on July 5, 1937 on a trap line near Fort Nelson, British Columbia and grew up in the tiny hamlet of Kahntah – Slavery First Nation Hamlet. He attended a one-room school in Fort Nelson, but at the age of 12, he contracted tuberculosis and was sent to The Charles Camsell Hospital in Edmonton where he stayed from 1949 to 1953. Harry thought he was there to die as his father and brother had already succumbed to the disease. His brother died when Harry was 3 and his father when he was 6.