Category: Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Canada Residential School Survivors’ Flag on Parliament Hill

Commentary So here we go again, with a flag flying on Parliament Hill to commemorate allegedly universal horrors of residential schools for the indigenous. Nobody says there was no abuse, although it’s nothing compared with today’s hell-hole prisons across Canada. They hold more indigenous inmates, nearly 15,000, than at peak enrolment in residential schools, just…


The Knowns and Unknowns About the Kamloops Burials

Commentary The announcement by the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc indigenous band of Kamloops, B.C. on May 27, 2021, about finding remains of 215 children on the grounds of an Indian Residential School instantly became headline news worldwide, even though the band’s press release said that “At this time we have more questions than answers.” Across Canada, the meagre…


Education is Today’s Civil Rights Issue

Commentary Across the political spectrum, a new orthodoxy on indigenous issues has taken hold since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the one for murdered and missing women. Reconciliation and compensation require ever more taxpayers’ money, and elimination of accountability for how it’s spent. My problem is that incontinent compassion doesn’t cut it. The…


What’s in a Name? Addressing the Charge of ‘Cultural Genocide’

Commentary The first couple of sentences in the final Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) report contain a stark condemnation of the way Canada has treated its indigenous peoples: “For over a century, the central goals of Canada’s Aboriginal policy were to eliminate Aboriginal governments; ignore Aboriginal rights, terminate the Treaties; and through a…