I don’t care what anyone in the media is saying in response to the TRC, we are witnesses to a genocide, both in the past and present.
Here are a couple of media texts along this theme:
Link to Maclean’s Article: Canada, home to the suicide capital of the world
Link to TED talk: America’s Native prisoners of war
In a previous post my classmate Erin provided a link to a TVO special about residential schools, but described it as being somewhat dated. Since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has been in the news recently, as it is ‘officially’ coming to and end soon, I wanted to look more into it – I hate to say it, but I’m pretty ignorant on the topic.
The official website for the TRC is here, and is flooded at the moment with information about the closing events and the TRC overall.
Link: Interim report from 2012
Primary Sources Link: Online videos of statements made as part of the TRC
In my searching I also found this article from the Ottawa Citizen, quoting the head of the TRC Murray Sinclair (an Anishinaabe judge and lawyer), as saying that Canadians need to know that the history of the residential schools and its traumas “include them”. Powerful stuff!