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The Government Abuse of Aboriginal Children 4 – The Failure to Protect

March 29, 2011

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Mordecai Richler invented a child character called Jacob Two-Two.  Jacob Two-Two is called that because he has to say everything twice before any adult will even hear him. Jacob Two-Two could be any Aboriginal person in Canada. In Canada, one of the stereotypes of Aboriginality is that Aboriginal people are always complaining about how they […]

The Government Abuse of Aboriginal Children 3 – How residential schools destroyed Aboriginal communities

March 27, 2011

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Imagine it. What happened to Hamelin after the children were gone, after the Piper had taken them away? The residential school recruiters, the Indian agents, the RCMP, came year after year and took the children away.  What happened to the communities left behind? Six years you have a child, teach them, nurture them, hold them […]

The Government Abuse of Aboriginal Children 2 – “Killing the Indian” in Residential School

March 27, 2011

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The Catholic Church hates Philip Pullman.  They placed a ban on his series “The Golden Compass” and called for a boycott of the movie. They say it’s because Pullman is an atheist, which means that they admit to hating him because of their own religious intolerance.  That’s bad enough, but I think the real reason […]

The Government Abuse of Aboriginal Children 1—Mortality in the Residential Schools

March 26, 2011

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What death statistics are available suggest a mortality rate at Indian residential schools ranging from about 17% to as high as 84%.

The Button Age & Other Fallacies

March 25, 2011

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If our civilization were erased by time, and nothing remained but buttons, hair pins and the nails in our shoes, what would future civilizations say about us?  I’m sure they would have clever ways of interpreting the evidence which would milk from it some remarkable insights about us and our times.  But the picture would […]

Some Signs

March 22, 2011

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First Nations and the Environment – March 2011- Some Notes

March 22, 2011

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I don’t speak for all Aboriginal people, of course[1], but I think that one of the reasons you see First Nations commissioning so many lawyers to their side, insisting on constitutional rights of consultation when rights and lives are affected, insisting on binding legal protections, etc., is because Aboriginal people are not otherwise heard.  They […]