Entries by Chelsea Vowel from 04/2012

A 7-Year-Old Aboriginal Girl's Battle to Tell the Truth at School

| Posted 04.03.2012 | Canada

Seven-year-old Ruby wanted to do a class presentation about Indian residential schools, but was informed by her teacher the topic was inappropriate. Ruby's parents sat with their daughter and talked about what happened. Ruby usually loved school, but she started saying that she didn't want to go back.

Tories Ride Off into Sunset after "Saving" Attawapiskat

| Posted 04.10.2012 | Canada Politics

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) is busy patting itself on the back for solving all of Attawapiskat's problems. To hear them tell it, Jacques Marion, who was just let go as the First Nation's third-party manager, was a veritable hero, swooping into Attawapiskat in the nick of time, narrowly averting disaster.

Canada, Stop Seeing Yourself as Always the Good Guy

| Posted 04.20.2012 | Canada

There are many stories that Canadians do not regularly learn in school. Our history is littered with forgotten events, either deliberately overlooked, or rationalised away somehow. Our history is littered with abuses. If we want to live up to our reputation as a nation that respects human rights, we have to face the horrors of our past, head on.

"Bad Parenting" Is No Excuse For Cultural Genocide

| Posted 04.25.2012 | Canada

On April 18th, the Federal Court sent a case back to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal regarding the underfunding of child welfare services on reserves. To ignore the repeated attempts to annihilate aboriginal cultures and instead place the blame solely on "dysfunctional native families" is to take an utterly ahistorical and abusive view.