Tag: indian residential school system

Ignorance, Law, Genocide: Is There an Excuse?

There's an old saying, "Ignorance of the law is no excuse." It means the law applies whether or not you know the law exists. It's based on the idea that you have an obligation to know the law, and assumes that the law makes itself known.But how does law...
Aboriginal Languages Initiative Gives Out $5 Million Annually

Aboriginal Languages Initiative Gives Out $5 Million Annually

In order to support the preservation and revitalization of aboriginal languages in Canada, the Aboriginal Languages Initiative (ALI) was implemented in 1998 through the Department of Canadian Heritage. The majority of Canada’s 86 aboriginal languages are endangered. Only Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut are considered to be viable within the 100...

Beech: Breath life and meaning into apology

When President Obama signed into law the 2010 Defense Appropriations Act Dec. 19, it included a footnote, entitled Section 8113, otherwise known as an “apology to Native Peoples of the United States.” The passage of the apology resolution went largely unnoticed on the national scene; indeed, even the White is...

;We apologize for having done this’

Canada acknowledges role in abusive Indian residential school system TORONTO - ;'We are sorry.'' Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivered a powerful and historic apology to 80,000 residential school survivors and sought forgiveness for their suffering and for the damaging impact the schools had on aboriginal culture, heritage and language. ''The of...

Canadian church and government found liable

OTTAWA -- When Leroy Barney took the witness stand in British Columbia Supreme Court in Nanaimo in 1998, he held a single eagle feather in his tightly clasped hands. With his head hanging low, he slowly and softly recounted the horrific abuses he suffered at the hands of dormitory supervisor Arthur Henry from...

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