Browsing All posts tagged under »Indian residential schools«

Aboriginal Education, Yes or No

August 27, 2012

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First Nations education in the city, pt. 1 The question got asked, Should we open a school in Vancouver for Aboriginal students?  It became obvious to me right away that it was a question with no meaningful short answer.  There are too many questions and considerations behind that issue which we have to get past […]

Government Abuse of Aboriginal Children 6: The Failure to Educate

September 6, 2011

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In law school I remember studying a case which found that education is not a civil right, merely the exercise of government policy, meaning that government could exercise that policy or not, as it chose.  If that bit of case law still represents the legal situation today, and I don’t know whether it does, there […]

The Government Abuse of Aboriginal Children 5 – The destruction of Aboriginal families

August 11, 2011

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Hansel and Gretel know it.  The right to have a home, the right to have a family, is a right every child has.  Without a family or a home often a child grows sick in spirit, falters and never flourishes as a human being. Yet a home, a family, these simple-but-necessary things are often denied […]

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%.