Monday December 24, 2012, 8:46 am
Thank you my dearest Christeen. I also support this school. It is quite conflicting to me because I know this is not their traditional way to worship, but I support Children (especially Indigenous) to have a safe, warm loving place to be. If my puter allows I will share as this has given me Joy.
Monday December 24, 2012, 9:37 am
I am in agreement of what Susanne speaks, that is not their traditional ways, but unfortunately, a safe environment is needed for the children. I feel our Government is lacking in their promise to these people that in exchange of their lands and the minerals this Government has harvested off their lands that none of them should be in such dire circumstances. Promises made by our Government that is "us" as we are the "We the People" and it isn't just the land grabs of the past, this still continues to this day in one fashion or another. From the promise to pay for the minerals taken to help fight WWII which hasn't yet been paid, in fact just the mess left behind, waters being ruined for the resources, and smaller land grabs still going on.
At this point, if our Government assured the families of what they should of been compensated for, then if the various families wanted to educated their children at Catholic schools or if families wanted to whorship in other ways, it would be their freedom of choice to do so just as the rest of the population has; the right of choice for a faith or none if that be the case. However, many times the people become Catholic or some other non traditional faith simply because it's the only way to eat and be warm.
I know this place is better than the Boarding Schools of past, but I can't help but it coming into my mind how the children use to be forbidden to speak their language, know of their traditional songs and dances, know of their own history and culture, literally beaten out of the children by the adults who spoke of the Christian God and Jesus, yet when these Boarding Schools needed funds to keep going they would dress the children up in regalia, teach them a few songs in their language, tell them to be "Indians" smile and look cute for the tourists or sponsors who might write out checks.
Is this just a kinder and gentler version? I hate to sound so cynical, I know it is the festive season, but I know too much behind the scenes and the history. It is not always what it seems. This Country has destroyed their culture and families, it still OWES big time to bring back as much as possible what it took away. To me this is ongoing assimulation in order to get food, clothing and more donations.
Many thanks for your sharing Christeen its good to see the Children have an open heart to the God we white people believe in , many whites still believe Jesus was a white man.Maybe soon Washington will learn to respect the Heritage & Customs of our Brothers & Sisters of the first Nation so the children can worship like their ancestors before them without fear or scorn.as always peace to everyone & may your God go with you.