Thursday, August 11, 2022

In this way the ‘cultural genocide’ of the Aborigines of Canada was spread … and the ‘Mayan criminal’ of Francesco

known today as The “cultural genocide” of Aboriginal people in Canada has lasted a century and a half And the number of its victims can be estimated as about 150,000 boys and girls were forcibly torn from their families and sent to reform schools, where they were forced to accept the very opposite existence of their own stupidity. . It meant giving up one’s native language, one’s own habits and customs, culture and religion. Coercive repression often coupled with cruelty to all forms of abuse, including sexual.

Canada was populated and Colonized by French and English explorers from the early 16th century That they were already subject to many humiliations considering the natives as inferior beings. Around those same dates, some missionaries arrived in the vast country, first Catholic, and later Anglican, who began their preaching work, which was not always free from arbitrariness.

Effects of ‘Indian Act’

In 1867, the union of the three colonies of British North America was formed as a Canadian federation dependent on Her Majesty’s Crown. His first government published a decree (‘Indian Act’) in 1876, the main decisions of which are two.

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On the one hand, confine the natives to territorial reserves to ensure their survival, but what we can today define as authentic ghetto. On the other hand, the separation of minors from their families and forcibly sending them to dormitory schools, with strict discipline, the exclusive use of the English language and imposing “conversions” to Christianity, attempts to assimilate them into European civilization. Is. ,

funded schools

These poorly funded state schools are assigned to various religious congregations, both female and male, Mostly Catholic (Oblates, Jesuits, Sisters of Charity), but also Methodists and Anglicans.

All evidence agrees that, with essential exceptions, these centers There was a very rigid discipline based on the concept of inferiority of indigenous people, A very poor food and health care that wreaked havoc on young pensioners, leading to a large number of premature deaths, many of them due to tuberculosis or flu epidemics.

save cost

When death occurred, the mortal remains were not sent to their relatives, who were not even informed of the death of their children. Reason was implemented to save expenses And, for this reason, they were buried in anonymous graves or mass graves.

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Some of these events became public opinion in the early 21st century, and the Ottawa government created a National Commission for Truth and Reconciliation that has worked for many years to clarify such a dark past. In 2021, 215 unmarked graves of very young children were discovered at Kamloops Catholic School (some three years). Other discoveries have confirmed that this was a common practice and not exceptional.

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The attitude of the Canadian Church was hesitant at first, but gradually the Episcopal Conference has acted on the matter, publicly apologizing for the said excesses, have reestablished their ties with the Aborigines – the natives of the Great North, the Mestizos and the Corners – and created a fund to compensate for the damage done to so many innocent victims,

Some bishops accompanied indigenous Canadians to Rome last March, where they were welcomed by Francis He promised her that he would visit her country to publicly apologize And assure them of their pain and shame on such a sad page in history.

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