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Article posted Jun 12 2008, 9:23 PM Category: History Source: DPA Print

Canada apologizes for abuse of aboriginal children in schools


Montreal - Two years after the Canadian government reached a 1.9-billion-dollar settlement over the abuse of aboriginal children in special schools, Canadas prime minister formally apologized Wednesday for the mental, physical and sexual suffering that took place in compulsory schools which aimed to erase their indigenous culture. I come before you today to offer an apology to former students of Indian Residential Schools," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said addressing a packed House of Commons. The treatment of children in Indian Residential Schools is a sad chapter in our history."

Hundreds of residential school survivors, some wearing traditional aboriginal costumes, had filled the parliament gallery. Hundreds more stood outside watching the proceedings on giant television screens.

For more than a century, between the 1870s and late 1970s, Indian residential schools separated over 150,000 aboriginal children from their families and communities, Harper said.

Two primary objectives of the residential school system were to remove and isolate children from the influence of their home, families, traditions and cultures, and to assimilate them into the dominant culture, to kill the Indian in the child," Harper said.

The church-run schools were established with the assumption that the aboriginal culture was unable to adapt to the "modern" world and the aboriginals stood a better chance of surviving if they converted to Christianity and learned to speak English or French.

But many students lived in substandard conditions and endured horrific mental, physical and sexual abuse at the hands of their guardians, Harper acknowledged.

It is estimated that almost half of the children died of disease and malnutrition. Many native groups have called the residential school policy cultural genocide, which they blame for ongoing problems of higher-than-average suicide rates, drug abuse and alcoholism among Canadas 1.2 million aboriginal people.

Today, we recognize that this policy of assimilation was wrong, that it has caused great harm and has no place in our country," Harper said to a round of applause. To the approximately 80,000 living former students and all family members and communities the government of Canada now recognizes that it was wrong to forcibly remove children from their homes and we apologize for having done this."

The leader of Canadas official opposition, Stéphane Dion, also added his apology.

As the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, the party that was in government for more than seventy years of the 20th century I acknowledge our role and our shared responsibility in this tragedy," Dion said. Im deeply sorry."

Phil Fontaine, who heads the Assembly of First Nations, one of the main aboriginal associations in Canada, and himself a survivor of the residential school system, said the apology signifies a new dawn in the relationship between the aboriginal people and the rest of Canada.

For the generations that will follow us we bear witness today, in this house that our survival as First Nations people in this land is affirmed forever," Fontaine said addressing the parliament. Never again will this house consider us an Indian problem for just for being who we are. Finally we heard Canada say it is sorry."

Fontaine, who had revealed being sexually abused in the residential school system, said the experience still haunted him today.

Memories of residential schools cut like merciless knives at our souls," Fontaine said, fighting back tears. But I reach out to all Canadians in this spirit of reconciliation."

The United States government has yet to make similar overtures for its treatment of native Americans in the US version of residential schools.

As part of the 1.9-billion-dollar Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement in 2006, the Canadian government also formed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission similar to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa.

The money was paid out to tens of thousands of adults who survived the schools.





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Anonymous

Posted: Jun 14 2008, 3:39 PM

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17102 Acknowledgement my ass. So what Canada 'fessed up about their actions. It means nothing. Australia "acknowledged" they're form of aboriginal assimilation too. How about they fess up to the fact that something more is going on beneath the surface? How is that two diff countries have the exact same agenda to conduct genocide on "aboriginals", during the exact period of time, while being on the opposite ends of the world? Talk about eyes wide shut. yeeesh
friendstacy

Posted: Jun 15 2008, 9:46 AM

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the process of assimiliation has not stopped. they just point to the past and say "see, it's not so bad now, is it? look how bad it used to be" like an abusive spouse who stops beating his wife black and blue, justifying the ongoing emotional abuse by saying "at least i'm not breaking her nose with my fist anymore."
friendstacy

Posted: Jun 15 2008, 9:52 AM

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"The United States government has yet to make similar overtures for its treatment of native Americans in the US version of residential schools."

they won't, either. there's too much HISstory that would need to be rewritten.
dave

Posted: Jun 15 2008, 11:38 AM

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Unattended to history repeats, this includes the news yet despite the deception friendstacy illuminates and the routine scrambling of the message, amongst all that mess people are being told the truth. History is ours to write, or it is written for us.
friendstacy

Posted: Jun 18 2008, 2:26 PM

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<please forward widely>

Subject: URGENT - ACTION ALERT RE KAHENTINETHA
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2008 10:07:24 -0400

ONE ELDER SAVED BY A HEART ATTACK - ANOTHER ELDER MISSING IN ACTION:
MOHAWK GRANDMOTHERS ATTACKED AT CANADA-US BORDER CROSSING ON UNCEDED
HAUDENOSAUNEE LAND

Monday, June 16, 2008

Mohawk Elder and Grandmother, Kahentinetha Horn suffered a heart
attack, Saturday, June 14, 2008 during a vicious, unprovoked assault
by OPP and border agents at Cornwall, in Akwesasne community. She had
been beaten and handcuffed when she collapsed. Earlier when she was
pulled over, Kahentinetha immediately contacted her brother, a lawyer,
on her cellphone. The entire incident was being filmed as her brother
rushed to the scene just in time to call an ambulance for her.

Meanwhile, Elder and Grandmother Katenies of Akwesasne was beaten and
taken prisoner to an as yet undisclosed location. We are very
concerned about her safety. We demand to know of her whereabouts and
that she be released immediately.

A few months ago, Julian Fantino put out the word, warning
Kahentinetha not to set foot in Ontario or else... She is the
publisher of MNN and regular internet reports that are very critical
of police and government actions toward Indigenous people. Her
articles often clearly state the legalities/realities of the situation
that Canada is a corporation plundering unceded Turtle Island. The
land and resources belong to the Ongwehoneh people. Canada's huge
debt to us will bankrupt them forever.

The other day, while Stephen Harper was making a public apology to
Indigenous for the crimes of the residential schools, he was also
preparing to send the army in at 6 nations. Brantford city mayor has
requested it, stating his city police cannot handle another "Mohawk
uprising", in other words, peaceful protests against housing
development where non resident, nonNatives attack the protesters while
the police watch. The Ontario Conservatives call for military
intervention every day.

On Saturday, border agents were pulling over every Native person.
Kahentinetha and Katenies were traveling in Akwesasne in the course of
their regular activities and were caught up in the dragnet. Did
Fantino set up a trap for the two outspoken, Mohawk grandmothers? We
suspect that Kahentinetha would have been killed at a secret location
had she not had a heart attack and been taken to hospital.

Immediately following this incident, many Mohawks and supporters
started to gather at Akwesasne.

Kahentinetha and Katenies' attackers want them to accept being
Canadian or else they will kill them and anyone else who resists
colonization. This low level warfare is playing out on the "border"
between Canada and the US, an imaginary line drawn right through the
Mohawk community of Akwesasne and through Haudenosaunee territory
which is a vast area on BOTH sides of the Great Lakes.

This Great Lakes area is also a proposed center for the NWO. Many
military plans are underway including nuclear submarines in the Great
Lakes and JTF2, Aerospace Warfare Center and NATO FOB (Forward
Operating Base) at a new base being built at Trenton, near Tyendinaga
Mohawk community. Tyendinaga was attacked by OPP/SWAT in April when
Mohawks protested housing development there.

If Canadians are so damned sorry about the abuse of Native people, why
is this still happening? Why do people remain silent when Mohawk
elders and grandmothers are attacked like this? We are under constant
surveillance and threats and attacks while our land continues to be
plundered and pillaged. Was this a failed assassination attempt
ordered by Julian Fantino, commissioner of OPP and head of the biggest
gang in the area?

We must demand answers and get answers. This attempted genocide must
cease. We will never give up.

Call or write to politicians, media, action lists including
international. Get the word out now!!!

K..... will be speaking with Kevin Annett on live radio today at 4:30
pm Montreal time.

Iakoha'ko:wa
Sharbot Lake, Haudenosaunee Territory

PLEASE SEND YOUR OBJECTIONS TO: QUEENIE ELIZABETH II, Buckingham Palace,

LONDON UK; Governor General MICHAELLE "Haitian-Against-the-Nation" JEAN, 1

Rideau Hall, OTTAWA, ONTARIO info@gg.ca; Canada Prime Minister STEPHEN

HARPER, House of Commons, OTTAWA, ONTARIO harper.s@parl.gc.ca; Ontario

Premier DALTON McGUINTY, Queen's Park, TORONTO, ONTARIO

mcguinty.D@parl.gc.ca; United Nations unat@un.org; Indian Affairs Minister

Strahl.c@parl.gc.ca; Brantford Mayor Michael Hancock 519-759-3330

nborowicz@brantford.ca; Ontario Attorney General 416-326-2220 or
1-800-518-7901;

Minister Ontario Aboriginal Affairs Michael Bryant % Lars.Eedy@ontario.ca ;

Neil Smitheman, Brantford ambulance chaser n.smitheman@fasken.com
416-868-3441;

Aaron Detlor adetlor@sympatico.ca; Bev Jacobs bjacobs@nwac.hq.org;
Julian Fantino

OPP Commissioner julian.fantino@jus.gov.on.ca; s

"Paul Leblanc of "Indian" Affairs" <leblanc.p@ainc-inac.gc.ca>,
Sylvia McKenzie Justice Canada <sylvia.mackenzie@sppcc-psepc.gc.ca>,
Emanuel Chabot Public Affairs 7 Emergency Preparedness
<emmanuel.chabot@psepc-sppcc.gc.ca>, Louis-Alesandre Guay
<"Justice Canada lguay"@justice.gc.ca>, Gilles Rochon Aboriginal
Policing <gilles.rochon@psepc.gc.ca>, "Chuck Strahl Minister of
"Indian" Affairs" <strahc@parl.gc.ca>

See http://www.mohawknationnews.com
walkingbear

Posted: Jul 26 2009, 4:55 PM

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6412 It just shows how GODLY amerikkka and kkkanada really is. :/

After Reading this article and seeing the video Unrepentant:
Canada's Genocide:

http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=%2BUnrepentant&hl=en&emb=0&aq=f%23#

Sereval quotes came to mind:

"There are many humorous things in the world; among them the white man's notion that he is less savage than other savages."
-Mark Twain


"The white man has GOD on his lips and blood on his hands!"


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