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Originally posted by pigwithoutawig
reply to post by FreeSpeaker
I'm Canadian, born in N.F.L.D. and raised in N.B. and Montreal and 10 yrs in T.O. I'm in my late 40's and I thought Canada to be one of the best, kindest and most fortunate countries in the world. Then about a year ago I saw that Documentary on the Priest in Vancouver and the Aboriginal children forced to go to these schools and abused and killed. I really felt bad and ashamed and stupid. I read papers,books and watch movies my whole life. I went to school, watched the news and thought i was informed.
The term “Final Solution” was not coined by the Nazis, but by Indian Affairs Superintendent Duncan Campbell Scott in April of 1910 when he referred to how he envisioned the “Indian Problem” in Canada being resolved. Scott was describing planned murder when he came up with the expression, since he first used it in response to a concern raised by a west coast Indian Agent about the high level of deaths in the coastal residential schools. On April 12, 1910, Scott wrote,
“It is readily acknowledged that Indian children lose their natural resistance to illness by habitating so closely in these schools, and that they die at a much higher rate than in their villages. But this alone does not justify a change in the policy of this Department, which is geared towards the final solution of our Indian Problem.” (Department of Indian Affairs Superintendent D.C. Scott to B.C. Indian Agent-General Major D. McKay, DIA Archives, RG 10 series).
Originally posted by theknuckler
Being an aboriginal myself, I do not even hear much about this. I'm too young to have attended the mandated schools, but to think my ancestors HAD to is quite disturbing. My grandparents are not around anymore, and they passed away when I was young so I never heard anything about it. I'm interested in knowing more and am going to watch that video.
Originally posted by FreeSpeaker
I have had time to finish the documentary Unrepetant and all I can say is this is a film all Canadians must see.
Please, all Canadians, watch this film. I promise you will find it shocking and disturbing, you will not believe what has happend in our "peaceful" country.
This needs to be brought to the light of day.
Originally posted by Albertarocks
Maybe these kids were being "forced" out of their homes to attend school in the city? If that's the case... that's absolutely horrible and unacceptable.
Originally posted by Albertarocks
To be honest, if our government was guilty of atrocities that to this day I'm only scratching the surface of.... I'm embarrassed and ashamed of Canada for the first time in my life.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict apologized Wednesday for the abuse and “deplorable conduct” of some church members at church-run Canadian schools that aboriginals were forced to attend.
The pontiff expressed his sorrow during a meeting with former students and representatives of the native Canadians, telling them acts of abuse can never be tolerated by society.
From the 19th century until the 1970s, more than 150,000 native children in Canada were made to attend state-funded Christian schools as an effort to assimilate them into Canadian society. Nearly three-quarters of the 130 schools were run by Catholic missionary congregations.
“What we wanted the Pope to say to us was that he was sorry and ... that he deeply felt for us,” said Phil Fontaine, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations. “We heard that very clearly today.”
The Canadian government has admitted that physical and sexual abuse in the schools was rampant, and has apologized and offered compensation.
On Wednesday, a group of victims attended the Pope’s general audience in St. Peter’s Square and later met with him privately to share their stories and concerns, the Vatican said in a statement.
“Given the sufferings that some indigenous children experienced in the Canadian residential school system, the Holy Father expressed his sorrow at the anguish caused by the deplorable conduct of some members of the church and he offered his sympathy and prayerful solidarity,” the statement said.
“His Holiness emphasized that acts of abuse cannot be tolerated in society,” it said, adding that the Pope was praying that the victims would heal and move forward “with renewed hope.”
“The coming to Rome was a high point” on the road to reconciliation said Archbishop of Winnipeg James Weisgerber, the head of Canada’s bishops’ conference. “It’s a long journey and the church is commited to be with the” native Canadians.
Out of a delegation of 40, five native and five church representatives met privately with the Pope, who addressed them with off-the-cuff remarks in Italian and English, Weisgerber said at a news conference.
Fontaine, who himself suffered abuse at one of the schools, related that the Pope said the situation had caused him “personal anguish” — an expression of suffering that “gives us the comfort we are seeking.”
The native Canadians brought blankets, pipes, moccasins and a gift of an eagle feather, one of the highest honours in aboriginal culture. Some of the items were left at the Vatican while others were returned after being blessed by the pontiff.
The aim of the residential school system was to isolate the native Canadians from the influence of their homes and culture, which the government at the time considered inferior to mainstream Canadian society.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a formal apology in Parliament last year, calling the treatment of children at the schools a sad chapter in the country’s history. He said the policy of forced assimilation was wrong, had caused great harm and had no place in the country.
Canada has also offered compensation, part of a lawsuit settlement between the government, churches and the approximately 90,000 surviving students that amounted to billions of dollars being transferred to aboriginal communities.
The Catholic Church alone paid some $79 million, the Canadian bishops’ conference said.
The United, Presbyterian and Anglican churches have already apologized for their roles in the abuse.