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Ontario First Nation to mark Canada Day as ‘day of mourning’

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Keewaywin First Nation in northern Ontario will now not acknowledge Canada Day as a celebration and can as a substitute mark it as a “day of mourning” till the federal authorities investigates the grounds of all former residential colleges.

Shifting ahead, the nation stated July 1 will likely be a day to recollect the kids and households who had been affected by residential colleges and to acknowledge the position that the Canadian authorities and church buildings performed within the “tried genocide” of Indigenous Individuals.

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“Residential colleges had been government-sponsored spiritual colleges that had been established to assimilate Indigenous kids into Euro-Canadian tradition,” Keewaywin’s chief and council stated in a letter Thursday.

“In whole, over 130 residential colleges operated in Canada between 1831 and 1996. In 1931, on the top of the residential college system, 80 residential colleges had been working throughout Canada.”

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Keewaywin’s resolution to now not have fun Canada Day comes about two weeks after the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation in Kamloops, B.C. introduced that ground-penetrating radar had uncovered the stays of 215 kids, some as younger as three years previous, who had been college students on the Kamloops Indian Residential Faculty.

Since then, many have expressed public outrage, with specialists saying the unmarked burial floor in Kamloops is “the tip of the iceberg.” A number of Indigenous teams have additionally known as for the search of all residential college grounds in Canada.

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“In whole, an estimated 150,000 First Nation, Inuit and Metis kids attended these colleges,” Keewaywin’s chief and council stated Thursday.

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“The Fact and Reconciliation Ultimate Report concluded {that a} soldier had a greater probability of surviving the Second World Battle than an Indigenous baby had at surviving the residential college system.”

Greater than every week in the past, the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Workplace known as on Canada to launch “exhaustive investigations” and “redouble efforts” to search out Indigenous kids lacking from residential colleges. UN human rights particular rapporteurs additionally known as on Canada and the Catholic Church to conduct immediate and thorough investigations into the findings of the Kamloops burial website.

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At a Home of Commons assembly on June 1, Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated the kids present in Kamloops and others who’ve but to be discovered would have been grandparents or great-grandparents.

“They might have been Elders, Data Keepers and neighborhood leaders,” he stated on the assembly. “They don’t seem to be, and that’s the fault of Canada.”

Anybody experiencing ache or misery on account of their residential college expertise can entry this 24-hour, toll-free and confidential Nationwide Indian Residential Faculty Disaster Line at 1-866-925-4419.

— With recordsdata from World Information’ Katie Dangerfield, Hannah Jackson, Rachel Gilmore and the Canadian Press

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