Indigenous Canadians win right to use original names after forced assimilation

Government seeks to atone for historical abuses as new policy comes after discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves Indigenous people in Canada who were forced to use European names on official documents can now apply to restore their original names, in a new policy unveiled as the country’s government seeks to atone for historical abuses. “For farContinue reading “Indigenous Canadians win right to use original names after forced assimilation”

Alberta men begin walk to Ottawa to honour missing, murdered Indigenous women and girls

For two men walking from northern Alberta to Ottawa to raise awareness about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, the news that the remains of 215 children had been discovered at the site of a former residential school in B.C., has only served to strengthen their resolve. “We are fighting for every lost childContinue reading “Alberta men begin walk to Ottawa to honour missing, murdered Indigenous women and girls”

A leaky pipeline operates illegally on tribal land. Will the White House please speak up?

Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline is threatening the Great Lakes and treaty-protected land. Biden needs to back his promises to Indigenous communities. The Biden-Harris administration has been incredibly vocal in its commitments to rebuilding the federal government’s fractured relationship with Indigenous communities since before taking office. During his campaign, Biden committed to “restoring tribal lands, addressing climate change,Continue reading “A leaky pipeline operates illegally on tribal land. Will the White House please speak up?”

Missing residential school records: Vatican won’t release documents, feds destroyed files

While the Vatican has refused to release residential school records, it isn’t the only body suppressing the racism and abuse experienced within these institutions. The Canadian government destroyed 15 tons of paper documents related to the residential school system between 1936 and 1944, including 200,000 Indian Affairs files. From the age of four, Mike Cachagee attendedContinue reading “Missing residential school records: Vatican won’t release documents, feds destroyed files”

RCMP played a ‘clear and unavoidable role’ in Canada’s residential schools tragedy: Blair

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) played a “clear and unavoidable” role in the “tragedy” of residential schools in Canada, the country’s Public Safety Minister says. Bill Blair made the comments during a meeting of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security Wednesday afternoon. The minister also acknowledged “the role of the government in which we allContinue reading “RCMP played a ‘clear and unavoidable role’ in Canada’s residential schools tragedy: Blair”

Canada’s Dark Secret | Residential Schools – Al Jazeera

In 1996, the last residential school in Canada was closed down, bringing to light horrifying stories about the methods used to sever indigenous children from the influence of their families and to assimilate them into the dominant “Canadian” culture. Over more than a century, tens of thousands of families were torn apart as children wereContinue reading “Canada’s Dark Secret | Residential Schools – Al Jazeera”

UN seeks full probe into deaths of Indigenous students at residential schools

The United Nations Human Rights Office is calling on all levels of Canadian governments to investigate the deaths of Indigenous children at residential schools and to intensify efforts to find those who are missing. A spokeswoman for the human rights office says the detection of what are believed to be 215 bodies of Indigenous childrenContinue reading “UN seeks full probe into deaths of Indigenous students at residential schools”

Renewed calls for Catholic Church apology after Canada mass grave find

An Indigenous Canadian group announced plans Saturday to identify the remains of 215 children, some as young as three, found buried at the site of a former residential school, per CBC News. The big picture: The discovery of the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation children’s remains has renewed calls for the Roman Catholic Church to apologize forContinue reading “Renewed calls for Catholic Church apology after Canada mass grave find”

Social Workers Forced Indigenous Girls Under 10 to Get IUDs, Canadian Lawyer Alleges

The former counsel to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls says it happened to girls as young as 9. A Vancouver lawyer has alleged that social workers in British Columbia have been forcing Indigenous children as young as 9 to have IUDs inserted by doctors. Breen Ouellette, who is MétisContinue reading “Social Workers Forced Indigenous Girls Under 10 to Get IUDs, Canadian Lawyer Alleges”

Canada: Remains of 215 children found at former residential school in Kamloops

The remains of 215 children have been found buried on the site of a former residential school in Kamloops. Chief Rosanne Casimir of the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation says in a news release that the remains were confirmed last weekend with the help of a ground-penetrating radar specialist. Casimir calls the discovery an “unthinkableContinue reading “Canada: Remains of 215 children found at former residential school in Kamloops”

Create your website with WordPress.com
Get started