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Canada's Racist Policies to Blame for National Tragedy


Society & Culture  (tags: canada, Native Americans, tribe, indian, the first nations, Indigenous Peoples, racist )

Kelly
- 2830 days ago - indiancountrytoday.com
Following a $1.9 billion Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement with survivors, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a formal apology in June 2008. In his remarks, he acknowledged the schools were intended to "kill the Indian in the child."



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Aletta Kraan (146)
Monday August 23, 2010, 6:56 pm
Noted , sad situation , wish I could help !!!
 

Sheryl G (363)
Monday August 23, 2010, 8:44 pm
My cousin, who lives in Canada and where the public apology was given went to listen to this, in my place. I am connected to the First Nations of Canada, as the Pennacook Nation had to move up into Canada and merge with the Abenaki so they could survive. Was only 1,200 of my Nation left at the signing of the Independence from England, and 200 of them were shipped off to Europe to become slaves. So the rest had to escape to have some chance to survive.

My Great GrandFather and Gr. GrandMother moved back to the area that the Pennacook had lived in the late 1800's. So is a connection to both places in my ancestry. I couldn't be there, but my cousin on the other side of my family did so for me.

I personally know of people who suffered in both the Residential schools of Canada and the USA. Personal stories that no child should have for their school memories and their childhood was taken away from them. A culture ripped away as well, if the body didn't get killed, the Governments of both the USA and Canada was going to kill the emotional part.

One woman I know in Canada is still so traumatized that she will not speak her native language still to anyone except her daughter, and then she is looking over her shoulder, in her own home. She speaks it, but she was beaten so many times when she did so, she is today, many years later, a GrandMother now, still afraid.

Another woman I know, in USA, was 8 years old when she was trying to help her 8 year old friend and classmate. The little girl was sick, but the staff would not get her medical help. So all night, my friend now of age 69 sang to her softly in their native tongue, holding the little girls hand. In the morning the Staff came in, wrapped the little girl up in the blanket that covered her, and buried her in an unmarked grave with no service. My friends eyes, as she spoke, was seeing it as if it just happened, the pain was unmistakable, that at 8 years old this is her school memory, looking out the window to her friend being dumped into a hole with no ceremony, like some piece of garbage. Then she was told to get to work, didn't have time to hang around.

How these adults, could do this to children, many of them suppose to be men and women of God, could do this, is so beyond me.

"I BELIEVE IN IMMERSING THE INDIANS IN OUR CIVILIZATION AND WHEN WE GET THEM UNDER, HOLDING THEM THERE UNTIL THEY ARE THOUGHLY SOAKED......KILL THE INDIAN SAVE THE MAN."
RICHARD H. PRATT 1879
WHO CONVINCED SENATOR DAWES TO BEGIN THE DISASTEROUS INDIAN RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS PROGRAMS.
 

Magdalena M (0)
Monday August 23, 2010, 9:29 pm
This is just horrible. Again I say that some big meteor should hit the Earth and break it to pieces. I blame the governments and law for this nasty situation. It looks like they do it on purpose. Do they need more free territories. We are guests here, they seem to forget. I am an immigrant, Canadian citizen but have to admit that do not love Canadian snobs. And they are Canadian only because their grandfather or grand grand father came here. Nothing to be proud about it.
 

Michael Carney (217)
Monday August 23, 2010, 10:06 pm
Very sad!!! What give anyone the right, to even think the thought, to Kill The Indian, save the man? How ignorant the White Man was, and can still be...
 

Debbie G (306)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 6:50 am
Very sad indeed, and totally unjust. And, this is just plain wrong: “A single Native mother on welfare with one child receives about $580 per month to live on. But if social services takes her child and gives it to a non-Native family, they get $1,000 per month to care for the child,” Who came up with that? Thanks Kelly
 

Sharon Balloch (127)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 3:58 pm
So sad..so sick.. all because of one man.. I hope he is burning in hell right now.. and can see all the horrors that he caused. Those who die and come back from hell say the worst thing about hell is the moaning of the other people in hell..I think eyes are opened in hell..I hope so..
 

MmAway M (505)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 6:55 pm
Oh for Cotten Picken sake...is nothing special anymore???

This is SO WRONG!!

Thank you Kelly!
 

greenplanet e (155)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 7:14 pm
The racism and sexism towards First Nations women is really appalling and sad. Heartbreaking indeed.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 10:24 pm
It is more than the "white man",

Thist is the Elitist plan to rid the world of the "less thans".

. Eugenics of a sort, actually. And yes, it is sickening.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 9:36 am
S.Harper I hope the the fires of Hell anticipate your coming and stoking it to burn hotter.Canadians snobs are only guest,which took Canada from the First Nations by lies,deciet and Genocide..North America does not recognize you,.I thank the Great Spirit you are only mortal and you too will suffer greatly as our ancestors..The Spirits of our ancestors live-on..The White Man will never understand our ways,.
 

MmAway M (505)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 10:40 pm
Sadly, the "WHITE MAN" failed and the way things are going we really should give the USA all back!!!

Indians, Horses, Buffalos etc....would be a better world!
 
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