I don’t know why we still have to do this kind of thing, but here goes. The federal government “apologized” to survivors of residential schools 5 years ago. It is clearly quite empty, considering how much neglect, abuse, victimization and racism has spewed forth from Stephen Harper’s government since then.
So. We actually need to insist that the grown ups who run our country, with less and less democracy every day, need to treat their apology with some sincerity. Honestly, it’s not like we’re talking to a 4 year old who is just learning why apologies happen.
So, here’s why we need to honour the apology:
- Integrity matters.
- Racism is not OK.
- Cultural genocide is evil.
- Malnourishment experiments on kidnapped children is even worse than abducting a people’s children.
- “Canada” has robbed dignity from first peoples for centuries and I’m fed up with it.
- Insincere apologies make us look like compassion-free, lying sociopaths.
- I am ashamed of my government that continues to behave this way.
- Give me a few days and I could come up with 19 more.
So let’s encourage our government to look up sincerity in the dictionary. And if you can’t make it, physically, to one of the gathering sites in the country, you could always email this article to the prime minister at firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know what you think of insincere apologists.
And at noon, gather your people around you and recognize the moment of silence, commemorate and pray. You will feel the sense of unity…if you are sincere.
At noon on Thursday, July 25 at venues across the country, Canadians, newcomers, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples from all walks of life and religious denominations will reflect upon the impacts of Canada’s residential schools in a national moment of silence.
In response to University of Guelph historian Ian Mosby published research that First Nations communities – and specifically thousands of children in residential schools – were unknowing subjects in biomedical experiments in malnourishment and hunger by federal government officials between 1942-52, these Canadians will pray for and commemorate those who were experimented on.
They will also call on the federal government to honour its 2008 apology to the survivors of Residential Schools by immediately releasing all relevant documents to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
– from Canadians from many cultural communities call on Feds to #HonourTheApology to Residential School Survivors