Canada


    Nation-to-Nation Reconciliation in Canada
    14.11.16
    Michele Krech

    For over a century, Indigenous children in Canada were separated from their families, communities and cultures to attend government-funded, church-run residential schools, in a concerted effort to assimilate them into mainstream Canadian society.  The long history and ongoing legacy of the Indian Residential School System (IRSS) went largely unacknowledged until a formal truth-seeking process was undertaken by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRCC) between 2009 and 2015. While the Commission’s formal truth-seeking process is now complete, the journey towards its ultimate...

    Read more

    Canada schooling was "cultural genocide"
    02.06.15
    AFP

    The schooling of aboriginal children in Canada was an attempt at "cultural genocide," the nation's grand chief said Monday ahead of the release of a report detailing abuses at the church-run institutions. Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde was repeating comments made last week by Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin. Both referenced Canada pursuing a policy at the end of the 19th century of assimilating aboriginals. "It was cultural genocide," Bellegarde said. A truth and reconciliation commission is scheduled to release its findings on Tuesday after five...

    Read more