Thinking about Canada on this Canada Day
Lloyd Fournier : Lloyd is the founder of Thunderbird Rising (Thunderbird rising.com) and the recent recipient of a Humanitarian Award, an author (novels) and a freelance writer. His drill down style of writing is a throw back to classic journalism - completely objective and well researched. His work presents the reader opportunity to rethink issues.
[Watching, waiting and worried in Canada]
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. The stated intent of these Residential Schools was the assimilation of Aboriginal people. The underlying intent was race-based genocide intended to obliterate indigenous culture in Canada.
According to the “report” (the final report of the Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission), over 150,000 Aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their families. These young children were assembled into 132 federally sanctioned Residential schools throughout Canada. Still with us are about 80,000 survivors. The impact on their young lives has, in no small way left a legacy of alcoholism, substance abuse and dysfunctional family units. Simply put: children who were deprived of nurturing family experience tend to grow into parents that lack basic parenting skills.
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