June 11, 2008
Many thanks for the comments contained in the Email Update (Residential Schools Story not that Simple) and in the June 11, 2008 Winnipeg Free Press column (P. A15) by Don Sandberg. Both were incredibly appropriate. I was once very much involved with the aboriginal community and later became an instructor at a Residential School. While I am certain that there would have been abuses in some Schools, I am just as certain that the incidences of such abuse were less than in the general population.
Listening to stories of students being 'pressed' off the reserve and forced unto the train of bus boggles the mind. While often sad on parting with their children, it was the parents and elders who were the most supportive of the Schools due to the educational opportunities, health benefits and other advantages for their children. I have spoken to a number of other former administrators and staff from other schools; some of the finest, most caring and loving people who walk this earth, and this 'mess' of lies and deceit has essentially ruined their lives.
In my opinion, this terrible era of lunacy in Canadian History was created by and for the lawyers involved aided and abetted by senior political leadership of the aboriginal community.
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