Annie was born a twin on May 20, 1958 in a melting igloo, somewhere near Port Harrison at the Aculiak camp close to Sanikaluak Island in Hudson Bay. Unfortunately, her twin did not survive.
Annie is a survivor of Canada's notorious Residential School system. At the age of 4 she was taken from her father's camp to the children's boarding home in Port Harrison (Federal Hostile School 127 Residential School). She later dealt with serious health issues such as tuberculosis and suffered physical &,mental abuse at the hands of the church and government employees.
Annie, at 4 feet 5 inches and under 85 pounds, was forced by her mother to marry a cousin in 1982.
In 1995, after the death of her mother, she left her husband after finding out she had married her cousin, and she moved to Montreal.
In 1998 she was lured to Vancouver, BC with a promise of a better life only to end up in harm’s way. Annie was rescued by an outreach worker from B.C. Search from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside in January of 1999.
Nine months later she married her rescuer at St. James Anglican church in Vancouver. Due to her serious health condition, Annie and her husband relocated to the Sunshine Coast, where they reside today, near a hospital and a constant supply of fish and seafood.
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