Residential Schools: Dr. Bryce’s book, “Story Of A National Crime”
The Canadian public is often surprised to learn of how bad conditions were at residential schools – and Canadian media will often spin a line about how “that’s just the way things were back then”; but there were people back then who knew that the government was doing wrong – and fought against it.
Then – as now – the government prefers to ignore the bad news, share their “thoughts and prayers” – and do nothing; or worse, hush up the critics.
“From 1904 until 1921 as a federal medical officer, Dr. Bryce documented the appalling health conditions in the federal residential schools. In the spring of 1907, he toured 35 residential schools in Western Canada and discovered the First Nations students were basically being warehoused in overcrowded dormitories that lacked ventilation, inadequate heating, poor nutrition, limited health care, all resulting in a staggering death rate among the students. In his report, he stated: “It suffices for us to know … that a total of 1,537 pupils reported upon, nearly 25% are dead … of one school with an absolutely accurate statement, 69% of ex-pupils are dead, and that everywhere the almost invariable cause of death given is tuberculosis.” He blamed both the churches and the government for the avoidable deaths. His 1907 report was suppressed by the Liberal government of Sir Wilfrid Laurier!” – Peter Kear
When Bryce retired in 1917, he put his report in a book, “Story Of A Nation Crime”, which can be found here:
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Chief Joe Mathias – Conspiracy of Legislation
Chief Mathias has been through the mill with various governments – and can tell you what they all share.
A brilliant documentary on the residential school system – and its many abuses.
The stories need to be told and heard repeatedly. The stories need to be validated and our society needs to deepen their compassion to fully understand with genuine care and concern 🙏❤🙏❤
It’s a 2 way street to truth and reconciliation.
No fast food healing!
Then appropriate positive actions need to be taken. Returning stolen lands is only one thing to start with………
I guess I missed the memo where honouring a Treaty was optional rather than guaranteed.
Activism matters to me as First Nation person because of the long history of subjugation done by legislation in our collective past, and continued in the present; one needs to look no further than the deplorable history of the Indian Act.
Here is a long list of transgressions worth knowing:
Let me tell you about inter-generational trauma – by Mary Black
I can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like to grow up in an institution like the residential school. The only thing I know is how inter-generational trauma is the foundation upon which my life was created – how, even before I was born
Orange Shirt Day: How Phyllis Webstad’s 1st day at residential school inspired a movement
In 2017, the message hasn’t changed much in 50 years
Chief Dan George:
Lament for Confederation
A System Built To Fail:
“For 17 years, between 1988 and 2005, victims of the multitude of abuses at Indian Residential Schools tried to obtain justice through Canada’s civil court system. They were fought at every stage and with every litigation manoeuvre available to Canada and the churches. Their claims for loss of parental affection, language and culture were not allowed in court. Their claims of genocide were rejected. Their claims of inadequate education, food and health care were rejected. Their claims on inter-generational harms were rejected.”
The roadblock to reconciliation:
Canada’s origin story is false
Riane DaSilva “By almost every measurable indicator, the Aboriginal population in Canada is treated worse and lives with more hardship than the African-American population. All these facts tell us one thing: Canada has a race problem”
What are you doing celebrating 150 years Canada? First you’ve (we’ve) got to grow up and take an honest look, long and hard in the mirror. Then set things right.
Tom Watts I face this racist problem just about every day, it’s as though I breath polluted air,and settlers or intruders only breath clean air, they can see only black and white, they don’t want to see colour, because that would mean sharing every thing.
An ancient village older than the pyramids has been unearthed by a University of Victoria student, and a B.C. First Nation says it backs up tribe stories passed down for generations.
Double-blind nutritional study from 1948-1952 uncovered by Guelph researcher Ian Mosby.
by Tim Bousquet
The Chief Aniichatist Medal
Our gold metal needs to be returned to us asap. It was gifted to our Amos family by the president of USA for our grandfather Chief Aniichatist humanitarian work for people who shipwrecked at sea and he gave them a proper burial.Then Canadian government in 1869 chose to hang our grandfather without a proper trial and found him guilty – astate lynching. The hanging was done right in front of our Hesquiaht Nation village. Then they left the hanging gallows up for 5 years at our village to intimidate our people.
Truth history. It’s kind of odd this wasn’t taught in history classes growing up!
A First Nation declared extinct by the federal government 60 years ago has won a court battle to have its existence recognized.
A Dark Past That No One Can Forget
St. Mary’s school was once filled with Indigenous children taken from their homes and families
CBC News • Rafferty Baker October 26, 2016