Category Archives: Colonization
Toby Obed says former students in North West River were scared of staff
by CBC News, Oct 5, 2015
An Inuit man told a St. John’s courtroom Monday that he never felt loved at the Labrador residential school he was forced to attend, and that punishment against Inuit students was very common.
Toby Obed said students at the North West River school were also bullied and taunted but staff did nothing to protect them.
“We were scared of staff. They could do or say anything at anytime,” Obed sobbed as he testified during a class action lawsuit at Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador. Read the rest of this entry
Nicolette Moore says she’s been clean and sober for 2 years, but the ministry still took her twin babies
CBC, June 19, 2015
An aboriginal woman from the Nisga’a First Nation is fighting to gain custody of her infant children after she says she turned her life around.
The Ministry of Children and Family Development seized custody of Nicolette Moore’s infant twins this month. Moore says the ministry cited concerns about her past addiction.
“I was told future behaviour is predicted by past behaviour. I honestly don’t know where my past ends and my future begins.” Read the rest of this entry
‘You can’t have reconciliation unless you understand what the truth behind it is,’ said Peter Fassbender
By All Points West, CBC News, June 19, 2015
It’s meant to be a step towards reconciliation: B.C.’s new education curriculum will include more instruction on aboriginal culture and history.
The province says this is a response to a “call for action” coming out of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
“The Truth and Reconciliation Commission really showed us the urgent need we have to move forward in a very positive way,” said Education Minister Peter Fassbender. Read the rest of this entry
Some estimate more than 20,000 aboriginal kids adopted by mostly non-native families
CBC News, June 18, 2015
Aboriginal adoptees forced from their families by the Canadian government in the Sixties Scoop are expected to receive what is believed to be the first public government apology on Thursday.
Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger is set to deliver the apology, which the province has been working on for months alongside affected adoptees.
The Sixties Scoop is the name given to the period of time between the 1960s and ’80s when thousands of aboriginal children were placed with mostly non-native adoptive families. Read the rest of this entry
By Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press/CBC News, June 17, 2015
Child welfare agents took Christine Merasty from her mother’s arms shortly after her birth at a hospital on Christmas Day in 1970.
It was supposed to be a six-month arrangement to allow her mother — a residential school survivor — to get her life together after living on the streets of downtown Winnipeg.
But child-welfare workers were already showing the infant’s picture to prospective white families for adoption. Christine was taken to her new home in the rural Manitoba town of Bowsman when she was four months old.
“They didn’t give my family a chance. They just wanted to remove an Indian child into a white home,” Merasty says. “That wasn’t right. I had a family searching for me for 20 years, wanting me. They would have wanted me in 1970.”
It was called the Adopt Indian Metis program. Today it’s referred to as the Sixties Scoop. Read the rest of this entry
By Daniel Schwartz, CBC News, June 2, 2015
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Canada’s Indian residential schools uses the term cultural genocide for what happened to the 150,000 or so aboriginal children and their families while the schools operated.
“Residential schooling was always more than simply an educational program: it was an integral part of a conscious policy of cultural genocide,” the TRC’s summary report states. Read the rest of this entry
Thousands marched through the streets of Ottawa on Sunday in an effort to “transform and renew” the relationship between aboriginal people and other Canadians.
Residential school survivors, along with friends and family, made the symbolic walk under dreary skies along a five-kilometre route from Gatineau, Que., past Parliament Hill and ended at Ottawa’s City Hall.
The walk comes as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada prepares to release its final report on residential schools Tuesday. Launched in 2009, the commission was given a five-year mandate to examine a dark chapter in Canada’s history and find out exactly how many aboriginal children died while in these schools. Read the rest of this entry
By John Paul Tasker, CBC News, May 29, 2015
At least 6,000 aboriginal children died while in the residential school system, says Justice Murray Sinclair, the chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Sinclair, who has been tasked with studying the legacy of the residential schools, says that the figure is just an estimate and is likely much higher. Residential schools were established in the 19th century and the last ones closed in 1996. Read the rest of this entry
‘It’s beyond crisis. It’s an epidemic,’ says Cree culture and education teacher
By Terry Reith and Briar Stewart, CBC News, May 20, 2015
On the hilltop beside a tiny chapel, Rick Lightning gazes at the fresh grave of his 20-year-old daughter.
The youngest of 11 children, Amber Lightning died March 4, one in a series of suicides that has shaken the small Cree community about an hour’s drive south of Edmonton. Read the rest of this entry
New CBC database highlights some patterns behind violence
By Connie Walker, CBC News, April 10, 2015
Roxanne Isadore was already a survivor by the time she reached her sixth birthday.
“She used to scream at night … ‘That guy is after me.'” Her grandmother Angeline recalls how the sexual abuse Roxanne experienced as a child haunted her for years.
As she got older, she continued to struggle. There were suicide attempts, addictions. And when she was 24, she disappeared. Read the rest of this entry