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The unknown Holocaust

November 17th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Doing a research paper is a really great way to educate yourself.  It seems like a truism, but most of the time, we have a vague idea about the stuff that we’re researching on.

I thought so too when I started my English paper on Native residential schools in Canada.  I’d heard of them before, I knew that bad stuff happened at them.  A lot of people came out of them with long lasting problems.  Fairly straight forward.

I did not know that the United Church (which I was raised in) was an instrumental part of the mental, physical and sexual abuse against thousands of Native children.  I did not know that thousands of Natives were made involuntarily made sterile and that this practice is still on going.  I did not know that about 50 000 Native children were murdered, most of whom’s parents were either not informed or lied to about the circumstances under which they died.  I did not know people have died mysteriously either before or during their testimony against the government and the churches involved.  There’s a lot of stuff I didn’t know about this subject.

And the more I talk to friends, the more I find out that they also don’t know about it.  Everyone I tell about my research is shocked.  Sure, we’ve all seen a few articles about lawsuits for abuse against Natives, but the sheer brutality of it is mind boggling.

Ugh.  I really want to write more about this, but I don’t know if I can bring myself to.  Back of research.  I seriously want to cry.

Tags: ENGL 110 · I don't understand

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