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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:19 pm
 


Last month, Senator Lynn Beyak harshly criticized the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on the impacts of the residential schools on Indigenous people in Canada. Senator Beyak said that the benevolent intentions, good deeds and positive stories were unacknowledged by the TRC’s findings.

Having actually started reading the TRC’s reports, I found that Senator Beyak’s claims are nonsense. The summary of the TRC’s findings, Honouring The Truth, Reconciling For The Future, acknowledged the positive motivations of some teachers, as well as the impressive skills and background some of those teachers brought to the schools. Honouring The Truth also acknowledged the role sports and physical education played in helping many students.

But Senator Beyak is the one presenting a distorted picture of the residential schools, not the TRC. As Honouring The Truth shows, the federal government chronically underfunded the schools and expected them to be self-sustaining. As a result, students often spent more time doing grunt work to keep the schools running, rather than actually getting any studying done. The schools often lacked proper heating and plumbing. It was very difficult to recruit qualified teachers, leading to a lot of incompetence and turnover among the staff. This is shown not just in the testimony of former students, but in the federal government’s own archival materials and the writings and requests of school administrators. These administrators themselves would write about the hassles they had in trying to run the schools.

Why would the school administrators and federal bureaucrats lie about these issues?

Besides distorting the facts about residential schools, Senator Beyak also neglects to mention the sheer amount of government coercion involved in the residential school system. When children ran away from the schools and parents refused to enroll them, citing the schools’ serious problems, the federal government would forcibly drag kids off to the schools, ignoring parents’ requests for day schools or input into the running of the schools. Government agents would go even farther, trying to force students to stay at the schools after they were old enough to leave, or even trying to control who they would marry.

One of the core principles of modern conservatism is an opposition to excessive state control of people’s lives. Bizarrely, this doesn’t seem to bother Senator Beyak, a member of the Conservative caucus.

Finally, Senator Beyak doesn’t mention the insidious reasoning behind the residential schools. Honouring The Truth is full of quotes from politicians and government officials depicting Indigenous people as savages who were too stupid to live in the modern world without being properly taught how to live. The residential schools were the ways in which Indigenous children, taken from their homes and families, would be properly “educated”. In practice, this meant that Indigenous children were taught to be ashamed of their cultures and who they were.

In short, Honouring The Truth shows how Indigenous residential school students were deprived many of the things we take for granted in schools today.

Funny how Senator Beyak doesn’t mention that.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:26 pm
 


Lynn Beyak is a kook. If this were the US she'd be one of these nuts running for Congress with a platform based on a literal interpretation of the Bible, dropping as many bombs on other countries as possible, Alex Jones-grade conspiracy theories, Creationist "science", and forcing everyone in secular public schools to pray in class every day. The Tories did the right thing in kicking her out of the party, even though I believe that they're going to have a lot more new problems with members who think the same way she does, given how much more frequently social conservatives in the party have been speaking out since the leadership race last year.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:28 pm
 


It ain't just her. Absolute denial of any racism against natives by Canada is pretty common, unfortunately.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:34 pm
 


Most of those you're calling racists aren't. You're just mad at them/us for stating the truth, that Colten Boushie chose the fate he received entirely due to his own rotten behaviour, something that happens frequently to criminals of all races and backgrounds.

As for Beyak she's a different sort of awful altogether. Give it time and she'll blurt out something truly repellent one day, like "only" a couple hundred thousand Jews died in WW2 and it was only because of disease from over-crowding in the "rest camps" and not from anything naughty the Nazis did to them.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:06 pm
 


Zipperfish wrote:
It ain't just her. Absolute denial of any racism against natives by Canada is pretty common, unfortunately.

If you ever want to watch this in action a trip to the Battlefords to visit should give you a lifetime of examples.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:18 pm
 


More importantly, was there anything new revealed in this report?


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:31 pm
 


Coach85 wrote:
More importantly, was there anything new revealed in this report?


Well, aside from the fact that it shows that there actually were a few bright spots in the residential school experience-even if Beyak grossly overstated how common they were-what I've read so far also illustrates in detail just how much the impact continues to affect Indigenous people even today.

The recommendations presented in the report might actually help make things better, by showing just how deep the roots are-and incidentally, the capacity-building recommended by past reports like the 1996 Royal Commission, the Penner Report, and various others might help Indigenous communities deal with crime and leadership accountability over the long term.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:39 pm
 


JaredMilne wrote:
Coach85 wrote:
More importantly, was there anything new revealed in this report?


Well, aside from the fact that it shows that there actually were a few bright spots in the residential school experience-even if Beyak grossly overstated how common they were-what I've read so far also illustrates in detail just how much the impact continues to affect Indigenous people even today.


Unfortunately, we already know that. We're reminded often of the long-term effects of the residential schools.

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The recommendations presented in the report might actually help make things better, by showing just how deep the roots are-and incidentally, the capacity-building recommended by past reports like the 1996 Royal Commission, the Penner Report, and various others might help Indigenous communities deal with crime and leadership accountability over the long term.


Doubtful.

Any attempts to work towards greater accountability has been met with resistance. We just removed the requirement for reserves to post their audit so that indigenous people know where the money in their community is spent. We've moved further away from accountability.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:41 pm
 


Zipperfish wrote:
It ain't just her. Absolute denial of any racism against natives by Canada is pretty common, unfortunately.


What racism? [huh]







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