The emotional exhaustion of debating indigenous views –

by ahnationtalk on May 18, 2017208 Views

Appropriation debate exposes institutional racism in Canadian media

May 18, 2017

When a Conservative senator was in the media spotlight two months ago after making controversial comments about the positives of residential school, I tried to avoid the coverage.

My parents and their siblings were forced to attend the infamous St. Anne’s Residential School in Fort Albany, Ont. Their traumatic experiences led to addictions to cope, and some died without telling their stories. They, and their children and grandchildren, are still dealing with the effects of their residential school traumas today.

So it is difficult for me to consider the “positives” of a system designed to eradicate our cultures.

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