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GenX
05-04-2008, 12:59 PM
"...imagine this little boy (who could just as easily be a little girl) facing the terror-filled possibility of sexual abuse. Let the situation continue for years, through to adolescence. Then multiply it by untold thousands of cases, generation after generation.

And that is why Canada, finally, is about to have a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Announced last week and led by Justice Harry LaForme of the Ontario Court of Appeal, himself aboriginal, the commission will try to come to grips with the terrible legacy of Canada's native residential school system.

Although it operated for nearly 150 years, it was in the 20th century that it hit full stride, after Duncan Campbell Scott (the poet who was also a senior bureaucrat with Indian Affairs) ensured in 1920 that attendance at residential schools would be compulsory for all aboriginal children up to age 15.

With the best of intentions, no doubt, Scott vowed to "get rid of the Indian problem" through assimilation. "Our objective," he declared in 1920, "is to continue until there is not a single Indian in Canada that has not been absorbed into the body politic and there is no Indian Question and no Indian Department.""

LINK (http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=02e741b2-8a74-45cd-a86d-a6b4ea251efd)

GenX
05-04-2008, 01:00 PM
"Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine responded in late-September 2005 to the Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development that found many First Nations communities remain exposed to risks from unsafe drinking water.

"It is completely unacceptable that our people on reserves are taking a risk every time they turn on the tap," said National Chief Fontaine. "I have already spoken to the Minister of Indian Affairs. We are going to take urgent action across the entire system to ensure First Nations communities have safe drinking water. This is nothing less than a major, national public health issue.""

LINK (http://www.trudeausociety.com/home/Health/2008/03/25/01124.html)