World Protesters demand probe into Canada indigenous schools

02:23  01 august  2021
02:23  01 august  2021 Source:   afp.com

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Canada ’s Indian Residential School Survivors and Family Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day at 1-866-925-4419. Hundreds of people took part in a rally in the Canadian capital on Saturday to demand an independent investigation into the “residential schools ” that Indigenous children were forced to attend for Still, a group of United Nations experts last month urged Canada and the Catholic Church to conduct “prompt and thorough” investigations into the deaths, including forensic examination of the remains, and work to identify and register the missing children. “The judiciary should conduct criminal

The indigenous school system was funded by the Canadian government and run by the Catholic Church, and operated until the late 1990s. There were nearly 140 such institutions around the country, with an enrollment of some 150,000 Aboriginal children who had been forcibly taken from their Canada ’s indigenous services minister, Marc Miller, recently called for a formal apology from the Pope for the Catholic Church’s role in the abusive residential schools , echoing a request made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau directly to the pontiff back in 2017. Think your friends would be interested?

Hundreds of protesters in Canada's capital called on Saturday for a probe into a boarding school system for indigenous children, as outrage built after the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at several of the facilities.

a young man sitting in a field: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lays a teddy bear at a small flag in a field prior to a ceremony at the site of a former residential school on July 6, 2021 © Liam Richards Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lays a teddy bear at a small flag in a field prior to a ceremony at the site of a former residential school on July 6, 2021

Until the 1990s, some 150,000 indigenous, Inuit and Metis youths were forcibly enrolled in the schools, where students were physically and sexually abused by headmasters and teachers who stripped them of their culture and language.

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Historically, Canada robbed the indigenous people of their land, killed them and eradicated their culture." Canada , which is currently locked in a trade dispute with Beijing, later delivered a joint statement calling for an investigation into China's alleged mass detention of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.Beijing denies all China called for an investigation into indigenous children's remains found at a former boarding school in Canada , sparking anger from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Last month, the remains of over 200 children, some as young as three years old, were found at the

media captionEgerton Ryerson helped create a Canadian school system which forcibly assimilated indigenous people. A statue has been toppled at Ryerson University in Toronto at a protest over the recent discovery of a mass grave of indigenous children at a school . It had already been daubed in red paint with slogans like "dig them up" and "land back" painted on the plinth in reference to his links to Canada 's treatment of indigenous people. Social media videos from the protest on Sunday showed the statue being pulled down off its pedestal as a crowd cheered nearby.

"Indigenous Peoples need truth and justice," MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq wrote on Instagram.

"That means a special prosecutor and a fully-funded independent investigation, with international observers present, into Canada's crimes against Indigenous Peoples," she added, calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Justice Minister David Lametti "to stop making excuses" and launch a probe.

The demonstrators gathered on Parliament Hill in Ottawa after two lawmakers from the left-wing New Democratic Party (NDP) called for a protest.

The NDP called on Trudeau's government in early July to appoint a special prosecutor to lead an independent investigation into the country's painful history of residential schools for indigenous children.

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China and its allies called on Tuesday for an investigation into the discovery of the remains of indigenous children in Canada at the site of a former boarding school , prompting an angry response from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. People visit a makeshift memorial on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School , after the Tk'emlups te Secwepemc band council encouraged mourners to take part in a national day of prayer to honour the remains of 215 children that were found at the site in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada June 6, 2021.

As the West rounds on China for its treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang, it remains conspicuously quiet as more mass graves are found at indigenous schools in Canada . The hypocrisy is breathtaking and blatant. Despite these countries having constructed themselves and their wealth on the oppression of indigenous populations, they have frequently depicted themselves as saviours in the wider world. Canada is probably the most striking example. Even if it is not widely acknowledged, the world is largely conscious to some degree that Australia, the UK and US do not have spotless backgrounds.

"People have been shocked by the number of graves that have been found... These are not accidents, these are not tragedies they represent a policy that was about the destruction of a people," NDP lawmaker Charlie Angus told public broadcaster CBC.

Since late May, more than 1,000 unmarked graves were found near former residential schools -- discoveries that have outraged the country.

Thousands died at the schools, and many were subjected to physical and sexual abuse, according to an investigative commission that concluded the Canadian government engaged in "cultural genocide."

More than 4,000 died of disease and neglect in the schools, according to a commission of inquiry that concluded Canada had committed "cultural genocide."


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