Canada has a dark history when it comes to the natives of this country. Probably still the most racially discriminated people in Canada. With out doubt the most brutalize people in Canadian history. There is an old wound that just will not heal. It is the history of the Canadian residential schools.
These schools were, I personally believe, the attempt of the catholic church and the government to genocide the native Indian culture. The schools themselves were built in isolated places, far from any populated area, especially native populated areas.
The children were sent there by the government and de-educated or brain washed by the church. Their hair was cut off. They had to wear uniforms and were forbidden to speak their language or practice their customs. The isolation of the schools prevented the parents of the children from visiting. Since it would take all day to get there and then there was no where for them to stay.
The children were for the most part brutalized and sexually assaulted. Corparal punishment ruled the day, all childern had to work in various areas of the school and farm.
The reason for this thread is that the wound is open again with the discovery of more unmarked graves on the residential school properties. As usual the churches are unwilling or unable to come clean on these matters. Although strides are being taken to compensate the ill treatment of the native population. The wound keeps getting infected with new discoveries.
It is so amazing or not that we stick our faces in the affairs of other countries. While refusing to except responsibility for the atrocities that have taken place in our own back yards.
So exactly how important is it for a nation to heal it’s own wounds before attending the wounds of other countries. Maybe it’s just easier or less pain full to help others than except the fact that we are all, in a historical perspective, responsible for the atrocities of others. I don’t believe there is any country that does not have a dark history.
So is it the responsibility of the now generations to make amends for our ancestors. Or as some say, it’s not our problem so why should we pay. Personally I think we need to heal our nations so the generations to follow will be able to grow stronger as a whole nation.