January 03, 2006

Severance payments

The Guardian

The Canadian government has offered a cash settlement for indigenous people forced into residential schools as children, Anne McIlroy reports

Tuesday January 3, 2006

They were plucked from their families as young children and sent to live in church-run schools where they were forbidden to speak their own languages. The idea was to prepare indigenous children for life in white society.
Many were beaten, sexually abused and subjected to daily cruelties throughout their traumatic childhoods. It was, in the words of Phil Fontaine, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, "the single most disgraceful, harmful and racist act" in Canada's history.

Posted by kshaw at January 3, 2006 04:48 PM