Monday, October 24, 2011
You might think that Canadian Genocide, that Canada´s Residential School System or the Baby Scoop Era are a paged turned in the history of Canada, but First Nation leader, John Beaucage might give you a
total different statement of what is being done to native children up until our days through aboriginal child welfare:
John´s found -- not just in Ontario, but across the country that there are more First Nations children in care right now than at the height of the residential school system. That system was a national disgrace that prompted Prime Minister Stephen Harper to apologize for its catastrophic impact on natives.
Instead of being at home with their parents, brothers and sisters, tens of thousands of First Nations children are in foster homes, staying with distant relatives or living in institutions.
"It's a culmination of decades worth of social ills," Beaucage says.
A disheartening mix of poverty, addiction, history and politics has conspired to separate First Nations children from their parents.
Researchers aren't certain how many native kids are no longer living with their parents. A major study in 2005 pegged the number at 27,500. Since then, provincial and federal data as well as empirical reports suggest the numbers have risen.
That's easily double the size of the cohort forced away from their homes and into residential schools during the late 1940s and 50s -- a brutal period of Canada's history that still haunts First Nations families.
There's no question native children dominate the child welfare system.
Read more: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20110731/native-children-care-surpass-residential-school-era-110731/#ixzz1bia4FzyL