There can be no reconciliation without truth. And the truth is, John A. MacDonald’s legacy is tainted with Indigenous blood and tears.
Amelia Reimer, one of the province’s most vocal advocates for Indigenous rights, fields questions about missing and murdered Indigenous women, residential schools, and the path toward reconciliation in N.L.
Next time someone complains about “drunken Indians” or makes a “gas-sniffing” joke, remember how the legacy of systematic neglect, abuse, abduction, rape and genocide of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people persists today — and how we’re doing very little about it.
Government’s failure to negotiate a settlement with residential school survivors from this province is discriminatory, says Labrador residential school survivor William Flowers.
In this chapter of a larger work in progress, Bill Flowers recounts his experiences living at a residential school in North West River run by the International Grenfell Association, where at the age of 13 he stayed in a dormitory among strangers in what was effectively a foreign environment and a significant culture shock. His story could not be complete without discussing this experience, one that has had such a profound impact on his life.
The end of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission marks no conclusion, but calls all Canadians to accept the challenge of confronting cultural difference and relearning their histories.
As mediation talks continue in a class action lawsuit against the Government of Canada for its failure to recognize and take responsibility for N.L. residential school survivors, observers say the recently released Truth and Reconciliation report offers people in this province and across Canada an opportunity to pursue a meaningful course of action to repair the relationship between settlers and Indigenous Peoples.
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As the number of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada continues to rise at an alarming rate, people, human rights groups and politicians strengthen the call for a national public inquiry