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Originally posted by superman2012
reply to post by Dimitri Dzengalshlevi
I find peoples arguements about genocide hilarious when they are talking about the 1400's to even 1800's. We are more civilized now(?). What happened to these children was horrible. Let's keep the focus on that. History is full of conquering nations who didn't give the ones they conquered gold and spices to go away...they killed them. Everywhere. This thread is about more modern times and the atrocities these kids faced. No one deserved that.
If we want history lessons we can open a textbook.
Originally posted by Flatfish
reply to post by exile1981
Thanks for the Canadian history lesson, I needed it. It sounds a whole lot like what our own government did to the American Indians in the early days, from forcing them into the white man's schools to giving them blankets infected with smallpox. What a disgrace. Also, thanks for the link regarding known grave sites, I'm checking it out now.
Originally posted by lynn112
My grandfather was taken from his family and put into one of these "schools." (I use that term loosely) In his 85 years on this earth, he barely spoke about what he went through. All his children were ever able to get out of him about it was that he, along with his siblings, were removed from their home and placed into one of these schools. His children also knew that various scars on his legs, arms and back were from his time there, but he would rarely speak of exactly how he got the scars, just that it was from his "school time." (I remember a couple on his arm that looked like burns of some kind, but I was young, so who knows?) Beyond that, he would clam up about it. We honestly don't even know his birthname or even where in Canada he was from because when he came to the US, he left that life behind him. (his words)
With all that said, I would like to see the history of these schools brought out into the light of day, instead of barely acknowledged. I also don't see money as a means to fix this. IMO, the best way is to support the enrichment of the native culture in Canada now, accept that they screwed up and lives were lost (disease, abuse, neglect, does it matter how these children died?) and work together with the tribal leaders to ensure nothing so horrible ever happens again.
Originally posted by Danbones
and don't vote in ANY elections anymore ever.