Rape Torture and Child Abuse at Residential School

by Mama001

Residential School Abuse

Residential School Abuse

It's A Wonder There is Nothing on this site about this Atrocity: 
It's sad that there is not a single story here about the horrific abuses Native American CHILDREN have endured at the hands of the CHURCHES AND GOVERNMENTS OF CANADA & THE UNITED STATES. So I'll enlighten you with a heavy heart...

Imagine, if you will, being torn from your family, separated from your brothers and sisters beaten for speaking your mother-tongue, raped repeatedly, "rented-out" to farmers (who would also rape, beat & torture you),and witness several of your friends die, either by being beaten to death or deliberately exposed to TB. Yes it happened and don't say it was a long time ago; The last one in Canada finally was shut down in 1996. There is information on this subject all over the internet if one cared to look...

Here is a timeline:

Residential Schools - A Chronology
1890s - early 1900s

Residential and Industrial Schools were established in locations across Canada, predominantly in Western Canada for the purpose of "killing the Indian in the child." Over 150,000 children attended these residential schools up to 1996.

Phil Fontaine, Grand Chief of the Manitoba Chiefs goes public as the first Indian leader to tell the story of his own abuse in residential school and calls for recognition of the abuse, compensation and an apology for the inherent racism in the policy.

Several individual law suits are launched.
Some residential school survivor groups are formed.

The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommends that a public inquiry be held to investigate and document the abuses in Indian Residential Schools.

July - Phil Fontaine elected as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

AFN initiates negotiations with federal government officials for an out-of-court settlement for the residential school abuses.

Consultative dialogues take place between AFN, survivors, federal government and church officials to set out the Guiding Principles for resolution of residential school claims.

January - AFN and National Chief Phil Fontaine negotiate the Statement of Reconciliation with a Healing Fund of $350 million for survivors of residential schools. Government admits wrongdoing for the first time and apologizes to residential school survivors in the Statement of Reconciliation.

May - The Aboriginal Healing Foundation is established.
A class action is commenced for a single Indian Residential School in Ontario.

Further class actions launched by law firms.

Department of Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada is formed to deal with the out of court settlement of residential school abuse claims.

November - Canada launches an Alternative Dispute Resolution process.

March - AFN and the University of Calgary Law School organize a national conference to examine the ADR process, and delegates find it to be seriously flawed.

November - AFN, through an expert committee, publishes the Report on Canada's Dispute Resolution Plan to Compensate for Abuses in Indian Residential Schools, which sets out the requirements for a holistic, just and fair settlement for all residential school survivors, the key elements of which are:
  • a lump sum payment for all survivors of $10,000 and $3,000 per year for every year attended;

  • and early payment for the elderly;

  • a truth commission;

  • a healing fund;

  • a commemoration fund;

  • a more comprehensive and fair and just process for the settlement of individual abuse claims.
January - AFN begins discussions with officials to consider the elements of the AFN Report.

May 30 - National Chief Phil Fontaine signs the Political Agreement with Canada. The Agreement appoints the Hon. Frank Iacobucci to be the government representative in final settlement negotiations. The Agreement states that the AFN will play a "key and central role" and that the AFN Report will form the basis of the Settlement.

July - Negotiations with all parties commence in various locations in Canada.

November 30 - All parties to the negotiations sign the Agreement in Principle, incorporating all of the key AFN Report recommendations.

All parties commence negotiations leading towards a final settlement agreement.

April 24 - All parties sign a final agreement, which awaits final Cabinet approval.

Unfortunately, according to the agreement, any survivor that passed away prior to 1998 doesn't qualify. The governemtn says "Oh Well"!

As of June 15 2010 The Truth & Reconciliation Commission has begun to hear the testimony of THOUSANDS as to the abuses suffered in the Residential School System. The testimonies will continue through Friday June 18th...LET THE TRUTH BE KNOWN! PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THIS!

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Jul 16, 2010
YES, people to need to know this...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Thank you for sharing this information with my visitors and me. Before I comment further, I will point out that this site posts stories by the people who choose to send them. I do not actively seek out stories of any particular type of abuse. And with my very busy schedule, traveling and touring, I can no longer write articles for my site or answer visitor questions as I have been able to in the past.

You will find some information about residential schools on this site in a couple of places. One was an article I wrote immediately following Prime Minister Stephen Harper's apology in June 2008 (see Aboriginal Child Abuse in Residential Schools - An Apology). Though not in depth in the way your thoughtful article is presented, it does address the effects the residential abuse had on entire peoples. Other information can be found in various comments throughout the 5000 pages on this site. I agree that more about this issue needs to get out to the general public. But I am only one person. I openly and graciously invite you to contribute through my child abuse articles/news page. As I now typically have 40 or 50 visitor submissions in queue at any given time, it can take upwards of 3 ? 4 weeks to post.

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Darlene Barriere
Webmaster: www.child-abuse-effects.com
author. speaker. survivor. coach
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Sep 30, 2010
Not to long ago this has happen

That is true. My mom was in a boarding school until the age of 16 years old. She is a survior.
This isn't to long ago. People need to realize what Our people went through. Abuse has happen to us for many years and not to long ago. We are the forgotten people (Native Americans) in the united states. for the Sarcastic people that say they are also native because they were born here in the untied states, I'm talking about Indigenous peoples to our land here in the United States. The first people here. My mom is in her Mid 50's. so that isn't to long ago.

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