anonymous asked:

I can not believe there are people out there who think the disclosure of aboriginal communities is justifiable!!!!

Let’s not forget aboriginal people were killed from the onset of the establishment of settlements in Australia. Later on, aboriginal children were kidnapped and forced into schools under the pretext of education and assimilation. Australia is a nation built on the foundation of racism.

St. Anne’s is in Fort Albany in northern Ontario. It was open from 1904 to 1976 and had hundreds of aboriginal children from remote James Bay communities walk through its doors. A police probe from the 1990s turned up evidence of horrific abuse, including an electric chair. A government had said Ottawa received the documents from police on an undertaking they would not be passed on to anyone. Ontario Superior Court Judge Paul Perell says the government misinterpreted its obligations and should turn over the more than 7,000 records to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Ottawa forced to turn over reports of electric chair use at residential school

St. Anne’s is described as having the worst cases of abuse out of any residential school in Canada. Children were taken away from their parents at age five or six for 10 months a year. They were forced to eat vomit, subjected to sexual and physical abuse and put in an electric chair.

anonymous asked:

The "stolen childhood" thing makes me sick to my stomach too, I'm from Australia where we had the stolen generation of Aboriginal children being stolen from their families from the English who invaded to try and teach them how live a "white" life and deny them their entire Aboriginal culture - having your parents tell you to lose some weight is not even comparable to the horrible monstrosities of oppression that has happened to Aboriginal children, past and present.

It really shows how self-centred some of them are. Horrible things like this happen but all that matters to them is how thin someone is. 

Roll Call Announcements: SORRY seems to be the hardest word...

Dear Class,

Sorry seems to be the hardest word to say to the Aboriginal community of Australia, but perhaps it isn’t something one can express in words at all. Perhaps ‘sorry’ is best said in action. 

Today is National 'Sorry’ Day and the National Apology Anniversary, a day of commemoration and remembrance for the Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander children forcibly removed from their families, communities and culture between the 1800s and 1970s a.k.a the Stolen Generations.  

National 'Sorry’ Day should be a reminder that unfortunately, Aboriginal children are on of the most severely disadvantaged groups in Australia. In fact, in comparison to non-Aboriginal children, Aboriginal children are:

  • 24 times more likely to be jailed in the ages of 10-17
  • 10 times more likely to be in out-of-home care
  • 3 times more likely to suffer from infant mortality
  • 3-5 times more likely to commit youth suicide
  • 3 times more likely to experience hearing loss conditions, and
  • More likely to experience lower levels of overall health and homelessness.

It is clear to see that the Australian Government has failed to effectively address the significant disadvantage and the persistent, systematic & structural discrimination experienced by many Aboriginal children. We must implement the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into our laws and policies. This is the ultimate gift we can give our Indigenous people. This gift is what we’ll be pushing for in 10 days time at the Australian review in Geneva. 

What does National 'Sorry’ Day mean to you? Have your say @JanChildRights, Facebook or comment below. Find out more about what the Child Rights Taskforce is pushing for in its 2011 NGO report Listen To Children.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to the indigenous people of Australia for enriching our nation with heart, soul and life. From Aboriginal spirituality to dreamtime stories to Aboriginal art and the beautifully complex concept of kinship - Aboriginal culture makes up a precious part of Australian history we must fiercely protect, and will belong in our future if we fight to preserve it. 

The Grand Chief of Treaty 8 in Alberta says he was “horrified” to find out Alberta has a policy allowing for the harvesting of organs from children who die in the care of the province.

Treaty 8 Grand Chief Steve Courtoreille said he is upset that First Nations were not made aware of the practice until now.

“Having just learned of this policy, I am horrified, appalled and, quite frankly, mad as hell that this is happening and that it has been working quietly in the background for so long,” said Courtoreille in a statement.

With an already high number of Aboriginal children in care, a 2013 investigation conducted by the Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald revealed a startling trend in the deaths of children in care in Alberta. The investigation uncovered that while only nine per cent of Alberta children are Indigenous they accounted for 78 per cent of children who have died in foster care since 1999.

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Half of Canada's aboriginal children live in poverty

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Aboriginal children in Canada are three-times as likely to live below the poverty line than other children according to a survey by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.      
- http://theundergroundsite.com/2013/06/21/half-of-canadas-aboriginal-children-poor-66167

By The Canadian Press | The Canadian Press – 1 hour 8 minutes ago

VANCOUVER - A commission set up to help First Nations heal from abuses says the residential school system was “an assault” on Aboriginal children, their families and their culture. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada will officially release its interim report this morning at Simon Fraser University’s downtown Vancouver campus. The report, as posted early today on some media websites, also states the schools “often were sites of instutionalized child neglect, excessive physical punishment, and physical, sexual and emotional abuse.” The commission finds that several generations of children were “traumatized” by being abused, witnessing abuse or being “coerced to participate in abuse.”


Remembering Iconic Leader Elijah Harper, Two Years On

It was two years ago this week that Elijah Harper, an Ojibwa-Cree who was destined to sway Canadian history, walked on.The iconic leader was born on March 3, 1949, in Red Sucker Lake, a reserve in northern Manitoba. He learned to speak Cree and to trap, but like many aboriginal children of his generation, he was removed from his family at a young age and educated at residential schools.

Most people on the planet called Earth (Terra - her ancient name), do not realize that the original tribes of Africa, South America and Oceania (Terrans) are massively exterminated just as their homeland - is sterilizated. You have been taught to believe that it is only because of the white man’s greed. So why the Indians in the US are insultingly called “illegal immigrants”? Why the Aboriginal children are stolen from their families and forced to move to the Western way of life and to a new faith? According to my knowledge… Modern genetics development scares some environment cuz they suggest that differences in the DNA between the majority of Westerners and Terrans reach even 5% (when in some cases 3% indicates to a completely different - species). If, therefore, disappear from the Earth last - wild* (in name only) tribes of Terrans, then will disappear for good a gene pool, which could serve as an evidence. “An evidence” for what?, you may ask. Proof that the ancestors of most of Us were not: the mythical Adam and Eve, but the invaders from very distant sites (answer yourselves from “where”?), and that We are not true owners of this planet! Only - butchers!

I’m listening to All Power To The Positive! Vol#5, Episode #30 – Special EXTENDED Mix! - St. Annes is in Fort Albany in northern Ontario. It was open from 1904 to 1976 and had hundreds of aboriginal children from remote James Bay communities walk through its doors. A police probe from the 1990s turned up evidence of horrific abuse,… on Occupy Radio


Healing the Hurts (Uncut) from 4worldsii on Vimeo.

Directed by Native American Film Maker, Phil Lucas, this dynamic and heartfelt video documents the devastating effects of the Naive Canadian and Native American Boarding Schools that dramatically shattered aboriginal cultures, children, families and communities throughout North America. Viewers join Native American participants from Canada and the United States, during a four-day, culturally-based, healing process for understanding and recovering from this type of traumatic experience. For information on how to obtain a DVD copy of the Healing the Hurts video please send an email to 4worlds@uleth.ca or call 1-604-542-8991

On This Day - May 20, 1997

A Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission report calls for an apology for an early government policy of removing Aboriginal children from their parents and placing them in institutions.