Monday, June 11, 2012
Residential Schools: I didn't know about the horror that we inflicted..
Residential schools are the great hidden shame of Canada. The government systematically tried to destroy the culture of our natives. They abducted children from loving families, inflicted physical and mental abuse, malnutrition and even death. The survivors were mentally scarred and given no control over their lives or communities. Then they were blamed for their inability to adapt and called lazy, when they were actually intentionally damaged and robed of the ability to parent. They have been through a silent war. We owe them more than we can ever repay.