In the Blog
And he’s apologizing because….?
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced that he will make an official apology on behalf of the government for the horrific abuse suffered by victims of Canada’s residential school system over the past 100 years.
Harper will make the apology in the House of Commons on June 11th.
While it is good to see the government showing some sort of accountability to the extreme genocide they have inflicted on Aboriginal peoples, I have to wonder if Harper even really knows what he’s apologizing for.
Because his government has so far:
-Refused to sign the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, making Canada an international human rights laughing stock
-Cut the Status of Women which included major funding losses for the Sisters in Spirit Initiative that advocated for victims of violence at the Native Women’s Association of Canada, which was their largest contribution agreement
-Thrown out the Kelowna Accord, which, say what you will about it, was the first time the government actually asked Aboriginal people to be at the same table and collectively make decisions for our own people
-Has not done anything to help our people protect our own land and silently watched our leaders be thrown in jail, from the KI6 in Northern Ontario to Mohawk territory to the tar sands in Alberta, etc. More than 20% of inmates in Canada are Aboriginal, while we only make up roughly 3% of the population.
And the list goes on……..
90% of Aboriginal people today are affected by the residential school system on some level, the last of these schools closing in Saskatchewan in 1996.
So is an apology in order? Absolutely. Does the Conservative government really know what they are doing? I think not.
For starters, it’s going to take much more than an apology.
Fort Resolution residential school, North West Territories