Q (CBC): Is Reconciliation Possible?
A (MC): Reconciliation is not possible until our women and children are safe. The amount of indigenous children being taken (still) by Child and Family Services departments across Canada is an indicator that the challenges being faced during the Indian residential school (IRS) era of Canadian history is still upon us. The lack of response and communication from authorities into the disappearance and murder of indigenous women is another reminder that we as indigenous nations (and even as Canadians) have a long way to go to get to
So last week was RECONCILIATION Week – which was really difficult. It makes me remember that my own birth mother was in residential schools and that I am very fortunate to have been raised and continue to be loved by the Champagne’s, especially my parents Sharron and Ron. It makes me so grateful for the childhood experiences with my family. I am heart broken knowing that most kids in IRS as well as kids today apprehended by CFS do not get that same opportunity to feel love by their own families. I even attended a special event called RIGHT HER FUTURE that talked about Canada’s connection to sexual violence in the Congo – where women and the land are violently raped and there are a brave group of people trying to support those women we were all there in support of. The main item I hope people understand about inter-generational effects of residential schools, from my perspective as someone considered an inter-generational survivor – there will be no reconciliation until our women and children are safe.
CBC THE CURRENT (PANEL DISCUSSION)
MC Answers Qs on RECONCILIATION (MC Opinion on CBC Aboriginal)
Generations of Abuse Against Aboriginal Children (MC Comments on Al Jazeera America)