Government provides lower services to First Nations children some 163000 of

Government provides lower services to first nations

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Government provides lower services to First Nations children (some 163,000 of them) who live on reserves Education Lower educational opportunity and achievement Results in higher unemployment and underemployment Legacy of residential school and assimilationist policies
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Education Lower educational opportunity and achievement Results in higher unemployment and underemployment Language and culture Schools drove a wedge between children and parents Schools made children ashamed of Indigenous culture (and parents who embodied it) Today 70% of Indigenous languages are endangered. Legacy of residential school and assimilationist policies
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Health Lower life expectancy Higher rates of mental illness Higher suicide rates Higher death rates among children and youth Justice Indiference to charges of abuse Higher rates of incarceration Lower police concern: for example, MMIWG Legacy of residential school and assimilationist policies
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The Canadian Churches and Repentance From colonial church to solidarity with the victims
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Product of class-action suit, “ Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement Names federal government and four churches: Anglican, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, and United Church of Canada 2015, Final Report in six voumes, plus reports, including Calls to Action . Includes government implementation of United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) Includes call for government and church apologies and reconciliation Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 2008-2015
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Survivor Theodore (Ted) Fontaine at Alberta National Event said, “I went through sexual abuse. I went through physical abuse, mental, spiritual. And I’ll tell you ... the one thing that we sufered [from] the most is the mental and spiritual abuse that we carried for the rest of our lives.” (p. 96) Final report and the churches
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Spiritual violence occurs when a person is not permitted to follow her or his preferred spiritual or religious tradition; a diferent spiritual or religious path or practice is forced on a person; a person’s spiritual or religious tradition, beliefs, or practices are demeaned or belittled; or a person is made to feel shame for practising his or her traditional or family beliefs. (p. 96) “From apology to action: Canada and the churches” (Chapter 3 of Volume 6, pp. 81-116). Final report and the churches
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58) We call upon the Pope to issue an apology to Survivors, their families, and communities for the Roman Catholic Church’s role in the spiritual, cultural, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children in Catholic run residential schools. We call for that apology to be similar to the 2010 apology issued to Irish victims of abuse and to occur within one year of the issuing of this final report and to be delivered by the Pope in Canada. Call to Action #58
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59) We call upon church parties to the Settlement Agreement to develop ongoing education strategies to ensure that their respective congregations learn about their church’s role in colonization, the history and legacy of residential schools, and why apologies to former residential school students, their families, and communities were necessary.
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