Doesn’t this constitute genocide?

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Truth and Reconciliation Commission officials expect toll to rise as more records reviewed

OTTAWA — Thousands of Canada’s aboriginal children died in residential schools that failed to keep them safe from fires, protected from abusers, and healthy from deadly disease, a commission into the saga has found. So far, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Canada has determined that more than 4,000 of the school children died.

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If 4,000 people die at the hands of others like in Palestine right now, doesn’t that constitute genocide? This happened in America too and where are the headlines? As we slowly uncover more and more history and the atrocities, it’s too late, it’s done. The children are gone. No one stands trial. No one is put in prison.

What did we do to deserve this? Why would Creator allow this to happen? And more importantly I ask, how can we stop it? Where do we go from here?  How do you cope with things that happened in the past that are still going on?

It’s a fair and honest question.

I cannot bear to think of innocent children being murdered – anywhere. We are living among monsters, very scary people…Lara/Trace

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“I was given that porridge I got sick on and I had to eat that … And if you don’t eat, then you’re going to get beat up some more, and you’re going to get punished – and if you throw up again you’re going to have to eat that too, so what choice do you have?” Metatawabin, 66, says at times he and his classmates were forced to sit in an electric chair – either as punishment or as entertainment for the staff at St Anne’s Indian Residential School, which operated from the early 1900s to 1976 in northern Ontario province.  Now, Metatawabin says, the government is hiding information about the school… St Anne’s was part of a government-supported school system to “assimilate” aboriginal children.  About 150,000 indigenous children were forcibly removed from their families by the federal government for decades starting in the 1800s and put into church-run residential schools. Many suffered physical and sexual abuse and squalid living conditions, and a Truth and Reconciliation Committee recently said at least 4,000 children died – a number that could be much higher…”

via Canada accused of hiding child abuse evidence – Features – Al Jazeera English.

 

Native people depend on our ancestors and the unborn for the answer and for understanding.

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3 thoughts on “Doesn’t this constitute genocide?

  1. Lara, there is a scripture in the Bible that says, be in the world but not of the world. That to my understanding means that if we as children of our creator that we are to be different. We are to have integrity and uphold a different standard of living, wanting to please creator(God) in how we live life, honest, forgiving, loving, compassionate. We make a choice to serve God or evil. It’s a choice. Meanness and hatred are in the hearts of mankind, (sin nature). That’s why there is murder, hatred, rape, and it goes on and on. I love the native people. I have worked with native youth and have helped in other ways. There has always been evil and conflict,and let us not forget the holocaust and all of the many, many men, women and children that suffered severely. I wish we could all get along and care about each other, but God has a plan and we may not understand it..but prophetically things are going to happen and are happening. I don’t want to see anyone hurt, and we know that if some other country displayed aggression towards us we would be quick to retaliate.Look at our country and the gangs and killing and drug cartel. Pure craziness.My desire is to live peaceably too but it starts in one heart at a time…Take care!

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  2. Genocide is a much bandied about word. but the treatment of indigenous folk for centuries has been tantamount to genocide or major attempts. The Tasmanian Indigenous population was depleted to such a level no pure blooded are alive today. This has happened to many tribes throughout the world . And the problem was they were not looked upon as equals and thus their futures were cruelly sealed. even when genocide was not the motive it occurred.

    The terrible situation in Gaza is not genocide rather a over reaction to aggressive acts by peoples who feel they have no hope. During the Forced adoption inquiry the term genocide was tarnished by mothers who falsely claimed that the removals polices was to destroy the underclass or single mothers.so i do get wary when that term is flashed around.

    In relation to the actions taken subject of this blog, to me it looks like callous disregard for children by folk who did not care rather than deliberate genocide. But they must be held accountable and justice delivered

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