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Time for reconciliation

Truth & Reconciliation Commission. 

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May 29 - June 3

Join KAIROS in Ottawa and across Canada.

Hear the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report.

Take action towards a new relationship.

Intergenerational. Indigenous and non-Indigenous. Together.

There are many ways to participate.

http://www.kairoscanada.org/get-involved/time-for-reconciliation-2/ 

Pondering

I got page not found but truth and reconcilliation can only begin once indigenous rights are fully acknowledged. Right now the "war" is still on. Canada is still trying to stiff indigenous peoples.

swallow

Link works for me; if you want to read it you can go to kairoscanada.org and select indigenous issues under the dignity & rights tab. 

Here's the full text, I am sure Kairos would not mind. 

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Time for ReconciliationJanuary 22, 2015 by KAIROS

KAIROS_TimeForReconciliation_BANNER

 

May 29 - June 3

Join KAIROS in Ottawa and across Canada.

Hear the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report.

Take action towards a new relationship.

Intergenerational. Indigenous and non-Indigenous. Together.

There are many ways to participate.

 

Mark these dates: May 29-June 3 2015.

Coinciding with the closing ceremonies of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the release of its final report, KAIROS’ Time for Reconciliation represents an ongoing commitment to reconciliation and relationship building.

In Ottawa, the action begins Friday afternoon, May 29 with KAIROS’ Intergenerational Gathering, which continues on Saturday, May 30. The Walk for Reconciliation, expected to draw thousands, is scheduled to begin Sunday morning, May 31. This day may also include an ecumenical worship service organized by local churches. Monday, June 1 features educational events hosted by KAIROS and the TRC. The TRC Final Report will be presented on Tuesday, June 2. A by-invitation ceremonial closing of the TRC will take place on Wednesday, June 3 and will include a community feast.   Stay tuned for a complete schedule of KAIROS events in Ottawa that support and complement TRC events.

Accommodation is limited and going fast so book your hotel now. In March, KAIROS will make available some shared accommodations at Carlton University. Stay tuned for details including on how to register for the Intergenerational Gathering.

Events across the country, KAIROS encourages and supports reconciliation events across the country, whether regionally or locally, including by providing easy access to information.  Send us your plans and we will promote them on our website and facebook page (KAIROS Canada Gathering).  For more support, don’t hesitate to send a message to your regional representative or to Shannon Neufeldt, Network and Young Adult Coordinator: sneufeldt@kairoscanada.org

To help communities prepare, KAIROS is offering the Blanket Exercise to enhance understanding of the history of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Other activities include walks or feasts with Indigenous and non-Indigenous neighbours.  KAIROS initiatives will focus on the themes of recognition and reconciliation, decolonization, and honouring Indigenous rights.

Wherever you are, plan to be part of a Time for Reconciliation.

 

TIME for RECONCILIATION

 WHAT

 This is a national event.  If you are unable to be in Ottawa for the KAIROS and TRC events, you are invited to organize and participate in local reconciliation events leading up to and following the TRC Closing Ceremony. Resources for worship services for May 31 will soon be available.  If you know of either a KAIROS or member church event related to the theme of reconciliation, please contact Shannon at sneufeldt@kairoscanada.org so that we can post it on our website.

 

WHO

The Ottawa Intergenerational Gathering event is for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples together.  Special invitations will be extended to young people, elders and others from Indigenous communities, and priority will be given to their participation.  We trust that our predominantly settler KAIROS constituency will also be well represented.

 This is an Intergenerational Event. This means at least half the participants will be young adults (18-35). While those younger than 18 are welcome, KAIROS asks that they be accompanied by an adult who will act as a guardian. Families are welcome.  Please let Shannon (sneufeldt@kairoscanada.org) know if you need childcare at the event in Ottawa.

This is an Ecumenical Gathering and everyone is welcome regardless of religious affiliation or no affiliation.

 

PRIORITY PARTICIPATION

Registration for the Ottawa Intergenerational Gathering will be done through the KAIROS website and will begin in late February.  We will strive to make this event as accessible as possible and subsidies will be available. Priority for subsidies will be given to young adults, Indigenous people, racialized minorities, people with disabilities, low income and students.

We are hoping for a wide diversity of participation, including representation from all of our member denominations and from across Canada. If you are responsible for outreach or selecting participants on behalf of a church or community, please keep this goal of diversity in mind.

 

Unionist

Link didn't work for me either, but [url=http://www.kairoscanada.org/get-involved/time-for-reconciliation/]this one should[/url].

 

lagatta

From what I know of Kairos (an "enemy" organization by Harper's standards) they certainly advocate justice and truth towards Indigenous peoples as a precondition for reconciliation).

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It will take another decade before the atrocities suffered by aboriginal people in residential schools become visible in the language of Canadian history, says one of the seminal leaders of the 1980s movement to seek redress for the internment of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War.

But Roy Miki believes it will happen if scholars and activists continue to speak out about the issue.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/metro/Vancouver+internment+activist+weighs+aboriginal/10719276/story.html#ixzz3QM0xxIty

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[url=http://www.anglicannews.org/news/2015/03/canada-new-stage-in-healing-jou... church will have major presence when Truth Commisison report launches[/url]

Plenty of words about this church repenting its role. A good sign if there's to be hope for reconciliation going forward. 

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As a tribute to all students of the Indian Residential Schools and their families, 500 children from the Ottawa-Gatineau area will join residential school survivors in creating a Heart Garden at Rideau Hall, the Governor General’s residence, by planting 1000 hearts with messages of reconciliation from across Canada. This is a joint initiative by the TRC, Project of Heart, KAIROS and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. Individuals, schools, community groups and communities are invited to join us in this initiative… Create a Heart Garden in your own community!.

From projectofheart.ca

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When Ontario (Upper Canada) was hived off of the Province of Canada, there was a concession to the Church of England which we call the Anglicans here. By what I understand from history, The imperial authorities chopped Ontario up into rectangles, and gave 1 rectangle out of 7 to the Anglican Church. All of the 'lots' and 'concession lines' still run where these lines were traced.

I don't know how it went with the other provinces, but it might be useful to see if there were similar land concessions to the Church in what was the NWT and Rupert's land.

As well as being complicit in the theft of land, the Anglican Church was to be the "moral" force for the European settlers in Ontario. The church justified everything the European settlers did by their self-serving theology.

What would the value of 1/7 of the province of Ontario be, granted as undeveloped land? In a fundamental way, that land has the same value now as it did or will at any other time. Whatever it is worth now is what the Anglicans should be liable for.

If you look at the properties the Anglicans own in all the major cities, you could get billions if converted into office buildings or condos. But I'll bet the Anglican books shuffle all the assets off to unknown ledgers, and keep the liabilities on the books. It should be assumed there has been massive accounting fraud, complicity by the wealthiest people in Canada, and abetted by the most competent accounting professionals there are.

swallow

I think the Anglican church properties are owned by each individual diocese, and each diocese is an indepednent corporation. That's very Anglican, anyway, having no single national boss. I sure wish Boom Boom was still with us, he'd know. Anyways, the upshot is that some diocese (the ones that ran residential schools) likely face bankruptcy, while the wealthier urban ones (which ran no schools) amy not. But I am just guessing here. I think that there's lots of survivors who do not actually want the churches bankrupted, though. 

lagatta

The rectangles are why both farmland and urban development are so different in Ontario and Québec (where of course the Catholic Church has a great deal of landed property. The French settlements were long, narrow lots so each family would have at least a bit of riverside. This is why north-south blocks are often so long in Montréal (it is also the case in parts of Detroit). You can easily see the difference flying over.

But of course reconciliation requires truth. Is there any real progress in trying to right what can be put right?

 

swallow

The TRC launches its final report tomorrow in Ottawa. About 10,000 people amrched for reconiliation on Sunday. Powerful stuff. 

[url=http://montrealgazette.com/news/national/opinion-decolonizing-canada]Dec... Canada: one of the many thoughtful ieces appearing in the media this week[/url]

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In an interview with CBC's Power and Politics on Friday, Sinclar said the "evidence is mounting that the government did try to eliminate the culture and language of indigenous people for well over 100 years."

"They did it by forcibly removing from their families and placing them within institutions that were cultural indoctrination centres, really," he said. "That appears to us to fall within the definition of genocide — within the UN convention of genocide."

[url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/truth-and-reconciliation-aboriginal-pe... to deliver final report June 2[/url]

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Powerful stories being told here in Ottawa by survivors. Beautiful songs, and tears, and resolve. Now it's up to Canada to reconcile and decolonize. As commissioner Murray Sinclair tweeted, #myreconciliationincludes all of you

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From the outset, the long-awaited summary report blasts more than 100 years of Canada's aboriginal policy, saying in the introduction that the "establishment and operation of residential schools were a central element of this policy, which can best be described as 'cultural genocide.'"

[url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/truth-and-reconciliation-commission-urge... and Reconciliation Commission urges Canada to confront 'cultural genocide' of residential schools[/url]

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[url=http://aptn.ca/news/2015/06/02/read-94-recommendations/]94 recommendations[/url]

Including:

45. WE call upon the Government of Canada, on behalf of all Canadians, to jointly develop with Aboriginal peoples a Royal Proclamation of Reconciliation to be issued by the Crown. The proclamation would build on the Royal Proclamation of 1763 and the Treaty of Niagara of 1764, and reaffirm the nation to nation relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the Crown. The proclamation would include, but not be limited to the following commitments:

i. Repudiate concepts used to justify European sovereignty over Indigenous lands and peoples such as the Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius.

ii. Adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the framework for reconciliation.

iii. Renew or establish Treaty relationships based on principles of mutual recognition, mutual respect, and shared responsibility for maintaining those relationships into the future.

iv. Reconcile Aboriginal and Crown constitutional and legal orders to ensure that Aboriginal peoples are full partners in Confederation, including the recognition and integration of Indigenous laws and legal traditions in negotiations and implementation processes involving Treaties, land claims, and other constructive agreements.

 

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Still Surviving: Reconciliation Through Everyday Rebellion

For years Gina Laing followed her grandmothers up the river behind the cannery to bathe. They'd walk along a little creek to a waterfall that poured into a clear green pond. A canopy of trees and ferns shaded the women as they slipped, fully clothed, into the water. How noble and then comical they looked when they emerged again -- arms in a V, hands turned upwards, clothes plastered to their skin, their long black braids dripping.

Both grandmothers were gone now. And that memory seemed far away as Laing, at 17, pushed her way through the trees. She had returned from residential school a year earlier. Stepping over the stones, she walked closer to the rushing water. She sat down on a large rock and studied the gun in her lap. Her last living grandmother had just died. The only person who "loved her without conditions." Slowly she lifted the heavy, metal object to her mouth....

http://thetyee.ca/News/2015/06/02/Residential-School-Survivors/

NDPP

Some additional background info and critical analysis already posted in other threads on this earlier in the process, hopefully of use and interest. I don't think Canada will comply with anything they aren't forced to, no matter the pretty words of politicians in the short term.

 

The Circle Game

https://web.archive.org/web/20110727112117/http://www.nativestudies.org/...

"What if the Holocaust had never stopped?"

 

An Historic Non-Apology, Completely and Utterly Not Accepted

http://www.marxmail.org/ApologyNotAccepted.htm

"And we do not believe the putative mechanism of resolution (the 'Truth and Reconciliation Commission') will resolve anything..."

 

A Critique of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission

http://dissidentvoice.org/2008/11/a-critique-of-the-indian-residential-s...

"The Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission is a hoax contrived by the legal establishment to evade culpability.."

 

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

"Cultural Genocide": Landmark Report Decries Canada’s Forced Schooling of Indigenous Children

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Canada has concluded that country’s decades-long policy of forcibly removing indigenous children from their families and placing them in state-funded residential Christian schools amounted to, quote, "cultural genocide." After a six-year investigation, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report concluded: quote, "The Canadian government pursued this policy of cultural genocide because it wished to divest itself of its legal and financial obligations to aboriginal people and gain control over their lands and resources. If every aboriginal person had been 'absorbed into the body politic,' there would be no reserves, no treaties and no aboriginal rights."

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/6/3/cultural_genocide_landmark_report_d...

6079_Smith_W

I don't know why some media, like the Globe, are trying to (however well-meaning) softpedal this and ease people into the idea that it was genocide.I wonder why they had to qualify it with the term "cultural". 100 years ago kids going into that prison system had a one in five chance of not making it out, and in several of the institutions here in SK, there was a 70 percent death rate.

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/06/02/canadas-residential-school...

I could care less about Harper's intention, or even whether the government intends on addressing this in good faith. This is important, especially considering all those who put themselves out to make this happen, and aren't going to be around that much longer to tell what happened.

They deserve to be honoured for taking that difficult step to try and break the cycle.

 

 

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

..as pamela palmater points out..it's not over. 

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And I think what’s really important for people around the world to understand is that residential schools didn’t really stand in isolation. It was in addition to the forced sterilizations, the scalping bounties, all of the—overrepresenting our people in prison, stealing them and putting them in Child and Family Services, the thousands of murdered and missing indigenous women in this country that go unresolved, and no steps taken to prevent these actions, and that this is ongoing. It would be a terrible mistake to historicize this and say, "Well, this happened a long time ago. We now know what happened. Let’s apologize and move on." It is ongoing.

When they closed residential schools, their very next policy was known as the Sixties Scoop, where they actually took more children from First Nations than during the residential school period, which is why we have now 30 to 40 percent of our children in care. They’re still taking our children. They’re still trying to raise them in non-indigenous families. And many of these children end up as murdered or missing indigenous women, or they end up in the prison system. And that’s—this legacy of the residential schools is ongoing. It’s very much in the present. You can track the survivors of residential schools to kids in care, to people in prison, to those who are homeless, to those who have poor health. All of these things are very much in the present. So we have to take action now to address the ongoing problems that were started by the residential school and have never stopped and continue to this day in just different terminology and in different policies.

6079_Smith_W

Yup.

To this:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/hiv-rates-on-sask-reserves-hi...

Good interview on the radio this morning (can't find a link yet) with a woman who made the connections between the HIV epidemic, the seizures of children, the residential prison system, the lot.

And read the comments on that story to see another example of the terrible legacy of that system.

 

6079_Smith_W

dp

swallow

I like the idea of changing the citizenship oath. All Canadians shoudl maybe take one using the propsoed new wording. 

6079_Smith_W

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Sinclair said here in Saskatchewan, fallout from the residential school area is particularly fresh, because many of the survivors had attended in the period after 1969, when the government turned over operation of the schools to other entities, including tribal councils.

Student-on-student abuse became a significant problem, Sinclair said, the cycle of violence repeating itself through the conduct of students.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/student-on-student-abuse-a-signi...

NorthReport

Why does Harper balk at the TRC? White backlash is one reason.  Frown

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/karl-nerenberg/2015/06/why-does-harper-b...

swallow

Quebec premier Philippe Couillard (of whom I am NOT a fan) agrees that residential schools were cultural genocide and pledges to act on TRC recommendation to teach the residential schools story in Quebec schools. 

[url=http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/politique/politique-quebecoise/201506/... reconnaît le «génocide culturel» des autochtones[/url]

[url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/philippe-couillard-agrees-with-te... shorter version in English[/url]

Unionist

[url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/philippe-couillard-agrees-with-te... Couillard agrees with term 'cultural genocide' to describe residential schools[/url]

But:

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Matthew Coon Come, Grand Chief of the James Bay Cree, said the term "cultural genocide" doesn't go far enough.

"They are acts of genocide," he told CBC Montreal's Daybreak.

"I thought they would recommend that it was an act of genocide, as defined under the 1948 genocide convention, because if it's an act, then it's criminal and I think this was a criminal offense."

Coon Come, who spent part of his childhood in a residential school, said the next step is to follow through on the recommendations laid out in the report.

swallow

[url=http://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2015/06/premiers-remarks-at-the-truth-and-... Premier Kathleen Wynne's response also agrees that "attempted cultural genocide" took place[/url]

[url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/three-trc-recommendations-done-in... says three recommendations acted on, others being considered[/url]

I don't see news of responses from other premiers as yet. 

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Aboriginal Affairs moves to limit child-welfare obligations despite TRC recommendations

With the ink barely dry, Aboriginal Affairs moved to shelter itself from dealing with the subject matter of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s first five recommendations in its report released Tuesday.

The regional director general for Aboriginal Affair’s British Columbia branch sent a letter Wednesday to the province’s First Nation child and family services agencies saying the department would no longer be part of tripartite funding and delegation agreements.

The change was interpreted as an attempt by Aboriginal Affairs to limit its responsibilities for First Nations child-welfare with a human rights tribunal ruling looming.

The “Delegation Confirmation Agreements” between Ottawa, the province and the First Nations agencies have been in place for about two decades. The agreements allow for the federal department to fund First Nations agencies in B.C....

http://aptn.ca/news/2015/06/04/aboriginal-affairs-moves-limit-child-welf...

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Note that this article was written in February 2014, just as the Canadian Museum of Human Rights (cough) was about to open to great controversy.

Canada is Not the Arbiter of What is Genocide

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Any policy or law that denies people their culture is genocide. No adjective of “cultural” is required; genocide is genocide.

...

Canada does not have the privilege of unilaterally redefining what is considered genocide. It was in 1944 when Raphael Lemkin birthed the word, and he defined genocide as having two phases: one, the destruction of the national pattern of the oppressed group; the other, the imposition of the national pattern of the oppressor.

A people’s national pattern is housed within their cultural knowledge. In line with this understanding, Lemkin does not rely on mass murder as part of his criteria for genocide.

 

6079_Smith_W

True, there are different definitions. Thing is, rounding up every child in a community, putting them in institutions where one in five are going to die (70 percent in several institutions here in SK), torturing them, murdering them, purposely exposing them to tuberculosis doesn't just meet those non-standard definitions.

At the time of the Bryce Report - 1920 - it was far beyond cultural genocide, bad as that is; it was murder at rates higher than in prison camps and wars.

swallow

The Museum of Human Rights response is really shameful. If they had any commitment to rights, they would not wait for federal government permission to use the word "genocide." (And I see they only recognize five gencoides - not even including the Khmer Rouge mass genocide in Cambodia as meeting their standards. They do, of course, recognize genocides that happened in Europe as being genocide, naturally.)

[url=http://www.macleans.ca/politics/for-the-record-romeo-saganash-on-residen... Saganash in parliament on the eve of the TRC report[/url]

Gives me a bit of hope for the NDP when this sort of speech, with "Canada" in quotation marks, can be the official reply on behalf of the official opposition. 

NorthReport

Cross Canada Check-Up's topic today was the TRC. I hope a lot of Canadians listened to it so they might get some understanding of what has happened. 

NorthReport
quizzical

Grand Chief was on the West Block this morning. the commentator, who looks like he is Keith Baldry's brother, only better kept, tried to insist not all the NDP had agreed to accept the TRC report, but all the Liberals had. wth?

NDPP

Half Truths and Whole Lies: Rhetoric in the 'Apology' and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

http://speakingmytruth.ca/downloads/AHFvol2/20_Chrisjohn_Wasacase.pdf

"If nothing else, the history of Canadian governmental policies towards Indigneous peoples should have taught us long ago to take their initiatives with a block of salt.

We therefore find it troubling that so many people have embraced the government's own characterization of the words ('truth', 'reconciliation', 'apology' and so on) and deeds ('mistakes', 'forging a new partnership' etc.) at face value.

The job of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, like that of a good marital therapist or (more appropriately in this instance) a concerned priest, is to mend the rift, heal the split, and make two conjoin again as one.

It is an interesting fable, but there is more history to Star Wars than to this scenario. The (ex) termination of Indigenous peoples and their unsurrendered pre-existing title to land and resources is central to the political economy of Canada; was, is and will continue to be..."

see also #17

iyraste1313

I´m curious to hear more about culpability, here...according to my understanding there were over 50,000 documented cases of death in the camps.....why is there no talk about punitive measures against the perpetrators aka Nuremberg Tribunals?

NDPP

Restitution is the Real Pathway to Justice For Indigenous Peoples  

http://web.uvic.ca/igov/uploads/pdf/GTA.AHF%20restitution%20article.pdf

"Something was stolen, lies were told, and they have never been made right. That is the crux of the problem. If we do not shift away from the pacifying discourse of reconciliation and begin to reframe people's perceptions of the problem so that it is not a question of how to reconcile with colonialism that faces us but instead how to use restitution as the first step towards creating justice and a moral society, we will be advancing colonialism, not decolonization.

What was stolen must be given back, and amends must be made for the crimes that were committed from which all non Indigenous Canadians, old families and recent immigrants alike, have gained their existence as people on this land and citizens of this country..."

onlinediscountanvils

[url=https://zoeandthecity.wordpress.com/2015/06/08/read-the-trc-video-readin... THE TRC: VIDEO READING PROJECT[/url]

Chelsea Vowel has created a call to action for all of us: READ THE TRC REPORT. Please read her article articulating the pressing need for all of us to read the report here: http://apihtawikosisan.com/2015/06/reaction-to-the-trc-not-all-opinions-...

We heed her words and want to turn the report into something that people can access through multiple media. Erica Violet Lee had the beautiful suggestion for people to film themselves reading the report and uploading these videos. We are inviting people from all over Canada and abroad to help us compile clips of people reading the 129 separate sections of the report into a single YouTube playlist so that anyone around the world can hear the words of this very important report in person. So that this report is not shelved like so many before it, but brought to life.

[...]

The YouTube playlist can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxPr_RIsvg9JJWoiRx2kl2v24r_pu7JbR

And the report itself may be found here: http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/index.php?p=890 (ENGLISH)

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Picard warned Harper that, “maintaining this minister in place will mean for the AFNQL that you have no real intention of grabbing the historical intention of reconciliation that is offered,” the letter states. “Your minister has shown on too many occasions his total lack of respect for the First Nations, his absolute failure to understand our issues, as well as his incompetence.”

[url=http://aptn.ca/news/2015/06/12/afnql-asks-harper-sack-aboriginal-affairs... and Labrador AFN calls for Bernard Valcourt to be fired[/url]

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onlinediscountanvils wrote:

[url=https://zoeandthecity.wordpress.com/2015/06/08/read-the-trc-video-readin... THE TRC: VIDEO READING PROJECT[/url]

Chelsea Vowel has created a call to action for all of us: READ THE TRC REPORT. Please read her article articulating the pressing need for all of us to read the report here: http://apihtawikosisan.com/2015/06/reaction-to-the-trc-not-all-opinions-...

We heed her words and want to turn the report into something that people can access through multiple media. Erica Violet Lee had the beautiful suggestion for people to film themselves reading the report and uploading these videos. We are inviting people from all over Canada and abroad to help us compile clips of people reading the 129 separate sections of the report into a single YouTube playlist so that anyone around the world can hear the words of this very important report in person. So that this report is not shelved like so many before it, but brought to life.

[...]

The YouTube playlist can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxPr_RIsvg9JJWoiRx2kl2v24r_pu7JbR

And the report itself may be found here: http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/index.php?p=890 (ENGLISH)

Great project - and spots are now full! 

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

..yes. txs for this oda

swallow

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“I am seeking to meet with Pope Francis to personally urge him to make an apology here in Canada for the role of the Catholic Church in the suffering of Indian residential school survivors, consistent with the recommendation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” Bellegarde said. “I will also seek a statement from the Pope renouncing the Papal Bulls that led to the racist Doctrine of Discovery used as a rationale to deprive Indigenous Peoples of the wealth of their lands and resources."

[url=http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/07/11/pope-francis-apolog... Francis Apology Prompts Calls for Direct Address to School Survivors in Canada[/url]

Pondering

swallow wrote:

onlinediscountanvils wrote:

[url=https://zoeandthecity.wordpress.com/2015/06/08/read-the-trc-video-readin... THE TRC: VIDEO READING PROJECT[/url]

Chelsea Vowel has created a call to action for all of us: READ THE TRC REPORT. Please read her article articulating the pressing need for all of us to read the report here: http://apihtawikosisan.com/2015/06/reaction-to-the-trc-not-all-opinions-...

We heed her words and want to turn the report into something that people can access through multiple media. Erica Violet Lee had the beautiful suggestion for people to film themselves reading the report and uploading these videos. We are inviting people from all over Canada and abroad to help us compile clips of people reading the 129 separate sections of the report into a single YouTube playlist so that anyone around the world can hear the words of this very important report in person. So that this report is not shelved like so many before it, but brought to life.

[...]

The YouTube playlist can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxPr_RIsvg9JJWoiRx2kl2v24r_pu7JbR

And the report itself may be found here: http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/index.php?p=890 (ENGLISH)

Great project - and spots are now full! 

Wonderful link, I'm going to read it all as suggested.

swallow

So, all the provinces are now committed in words to taking the TRC report seriously. Only the federal government refuses to act. 

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Canada's premiers support the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's recommendations and will act on them with or without Ottawa's help, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Paul Davis said Wednesday.... Davis said Manitoba will host a second national roundtable on missing and murdered aboriginal women to follow up on last winter's event in Ottawa.

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said he was satisfied that the provinces are taking the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report released last month seriously.

[url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/premiers-commit-to-c... commit to report recommendations[/url]

NDPP

yes, and see #17 above

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To me, links from post #17 makes some crucially important points, but there's also an atmosphere of hopelessness and rejectionism. The TRC is being seen by many activists as a potential new beginning, and as creating space for militant activism. I would not reject the efforts of those who are trying to act on it, even while I'm obviously cynical about the words of provincial premiers. 

As Murray Sinclair said, the TRC describes a mountain and outlines a possible path to the top, but it's up to "mainstream" Canadian society to climb that mountain.

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Can we celebrate B.C. Day with a good conscience?

This is the annual B.C. Day holiday weekend. However, before Canadians can celebrate B.C. Day with a good conscience, we have work to do.

150 years ago this year, perhaps 100,000 B.C. natives all died within a few months. Among some indigenous Peoples, such as the Haida, Tsilhqot’in, St’at’imc and others, the death toll was as high as 80 percent or more of their whole number. By way of comparison, the death toll at Hiroshima and Nagasaki is commonly estimated at less than 40 percent of those cities....

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..what was said by the premier

Exoneration of "The Chilcotin Chiefs"

Published on Oct 23, 2014 In the legislature this morning, the Premier of B.C. announced and confirmed without reservation the full exoneration of the Tsilhqot'in Chiefs for actions taken in defence of their laws and territories in 1864.

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[url=http://nctr.ca/reports.php]NCTR documentation centre[/url]

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Canada: Why Aren't Conditions of Life For First Nations A National Emergency?

http://www.globalresearch.ca/canada-why-arent-conditions-of-life-for-fir...

"...The fate of First Peoples foreshadows the fate of Canada's poor who will grow in number as wealth separates from commonality."

 

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