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My Indian Summer - Part 2 - Pride and Prejudice

I’m reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Personally, I find the language a bit tedious. If you haven’t read it, here are the Spark’s Notes.  954 more words

Native Foil

Recently some prominent Canadians, including Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin and Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Justice Murray Sinclair, have used the expression “cultural genocide” to describe the system of residential schooling imposed on aboriginal Canadians over much of the Twentieth Century:  thousands of Indian children were taken from their homes and sent to live in institutions, where they were subject to harsh regimens of linguistic and religious indoctrination.  450 more words


Is Real Reconciliation a Consideration?

Beginning in the 1870’s, the Government of Canada partnered with Anglican, Catholic, United, and Presbyterians churches to establish and operate boarding and residential schools for Aboriginal (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) children.   1,272 more words


Documents to Change Hearts & Minds: Reading the Findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

On June 2 the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC/Commission) held its final public gathering to release its findings after 6 years travelling the country to collect stories and testimony related to Indian Residential Schools (IRS).  655 more words


Siksika chief knows first hand about abuse at residential schools

Vincent Yellow Old Woman was proudly wearing his ceremonial headdress when he sat in the gallery at the legislature in Edmonton last week to hear Rachel Notley’s NDP government apologize to Alberta’s aboriginal people for decades of physical, sexual and cultural abuse at residential schools. 516 more words

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Finding Resources Close to my Shuswap (Secwepmc) Home

By Rebecca Johnson

TRC Recommendation #28 says:

We call upon law schools in Canada to require all law students to take a course in Aboriginal people and the law, which includes the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations.

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Apology, not compensation, likely from Sask. gov’t over ‘60s Scoop

Watch above: The Saskatchewan Government says it will begin to formulate an apology to aboriginal people involved in what’s known as the 60’s Scoop. Joel Senick tells us there will be no financial compensation attached. 515 more words