The Climate of Residential Schools

Yesterday at 12:29 PM ยท
REBECCA AGAIN: And another one from the same pen:
When I did my Masters in Defence studies, I wrote my thesis on the Vietnam War, but on my own I did a “second thesis” on Aboriginal history in Canada, specifically the Hurons, the Algonquins and the Mohawks and the events leading to the James Bay accord. But to do so I had to look back and review the whole story. Some of the things I remember having consulted and read hundreds of pages from Archives Canada.
The situation on the Reserves was catastrophic, kids’ mortality was much higher than amongst the general population due to mistreatment from parents, starvation, sickness etc; the Covid of that period was called tuberculosis, for which there was no treatment. I remember my childhood where there were hospitals specialised in treating tuberculosis patients, they were called “sanatoriums”. Although it is well documented and explains why we find mass graves, nobody seems to remember. The same thing about unmarked graves… the important point here is that each kid received an individual burial. Look at those white crosses, maybe at the time they were marked, and then time and weather did the rest, paint decayed, crosses disappeared. The fact remained was that they had received an individual burial. Personally, I don’t see any scandal here. Where I come from, there is a large German cemetery outside town, where German war prisoners were buried. Most graves are not marked, they were all marked back then, but time, negligence and vandalism have done the rest.
The assimilation policy, which today has a very negative connotation, was at the time seen as a positive thing, the aim was first to save these kids from short term death, but more importantly to give them a future by teaching them to read and to write and to learn a trade. There was no such thing as a natural paradise from which kids were stolen by vicious and malevolent public officials. As to the ambiance of these schools, people forget that in those days authority was very strict and kids either white or aboriginal were seen as young animals that needed to be domesticated… You don’t have to go that far back in time, in 1971 and 1972 I spent my summers running a general store for about one hundred white lumberjacks and 60 aboriginal families. Malnutrition, beating at the hands of alcoholic or abusive parents was the norm. I even tried to organise a nutritional clinic so that a qualified community nurse would teach mothers the basics of a good diet, but was told to mind my own business, which I did. But if I had been a government official I would have had no hesitation to take away these kids to save them from abusive parents. Let me tell you that by August teenagers were eager to go back to schools in town to get away from that mess. I know because I was friend with many of them. By the way, things haven’t changed that much. I checked the statistics lately, they are right now about 2900 kids in foster homes across Canada, 52.2% of them are aboriginals, a disproportionate number. Nobody these days talks about assimilation, but these kids are taken away for the same reasons than before…and for the same reasons that White, Black or Latino kids are.
Even in the 50’s, discipline was physical in white schools as well, this is how I learned to become right handed. In Canada, until the 50’s, at which time the Criminal code was modified, the father had absolute authority over his children. Before WW1, women in Canada had no legal rights, they were the property of a man, first their father, then their husband. They could not testify in courts, they could not sign any legal paper or obtain a loan from a bank unless endorsed by their father or their husband. Human rights, child rights, feminism were concepts unknown back then.
In history, there is no bigger mistake than to read past events with today’s eyes. Things that were acceptable back then are no longer accepted. Just think about the physical discipline than you and I have experienced during our childhood both at school and at home.
No Canada is not a people of racists, and I am fed up with the eternal victimhood mantle Aboriginals use to manipulate Canadians. The truth is that there is a huge variation in the degree of development and self respect amongst the various Aboriginal tribes. Some like the Hurons, the Crees and others live in the 21 st century. They are modern tribes, economically self sufficient, transparent in their administration. By that I mean that the band council is not composed of relatives, the community knows how much they receive from the Federal and the Provincial governments, what that money is used for, and how much the band council members make, because it has been voted by the general assembly. On the other hand, you have tribes like the Mohawks were all council members are relatives, where there is no accountability neither to the government, nor to their own people. No one outside the band council knows how much money the band has received from the governments in any given year, what the band council do with these sums, how much each council member makes a year, there is simply no transparency whatsoever. Some bands like to be treated like children, because it pays. If you check Canada government website, you will learn that for this fiscal year alone, Aboriginals in this country, I mean those living on reserves, will receive over $16 B. It does not include what Provincial governments add on top of that and all the other programs they benefit from as Canadian citizens. Not bad for a population of less than one million people.
The fact is that there are two classes of citizens in Canada. The second class citizen, you and I and every one paying income taxes, sale taxes, property and school taxes, paying for mortgage and paying for their kids’ education. And there is the first class citizen, the Aboriginal living on a Reserve, who pays no taxes whatsoever, who get free housing and who can send his kids to university all expanses paid by us the second class citizens. – Dennis M. – Toronto, ON.

Up-date on Climate change

As I said before we have been moving away from the sun for 66 years, part of a 5000 year out then, a 5000-year trip back into the sun. We are overheating, hardly starting into the outward trip.

And yes we are going to hit an ice age even as our natural gas supply dwindles and disappears.
We have never been through anything like this before! if we do not reduce our carbon output we will die as a human race, that is the long and short of it. Our solar season runs 5000 years out then, 5000 years back to center.

If we change nothing, continue as we are, we will end up like another Venus, all humanity gone.

Much of our carbon dioxide output is being absorbed by the oceans where it turns into carbolic acid. This is killing reefs all over the world. When an ocean or a pond becomes acidic The fish only produce only males and the species die out. So there will be worldwide starvation long before the weather eliminates us.

Further afield, the Arctic is melting and the tundra beneath the snow is turning to mud. In this mud is underground lakes, now ice lens. Soon enough they will melt and cave-ins will be the result.

Greenland’s glaciers are melting at a rapid pace, enough to create a freshwater ocean from the glacier runoff. This freshwater ocean is being propelled slowly to the equator by the rotation of the earth. Many species cannot live in freshwater. They will perish.
The Antarctic glacier, the largest in the world has not receded in 8 million years. Yet, today it is melting rapidly from the bottom. The ice covering is 6.4 million tonnes. If it slips into the ocean it will maan an immediate
rise of 4 foot of water at the coastlines around the world!

The Conservatives do not have a global warming plan! O’Toole talks about carbon tax but no plans to go with it. To him, it is just another conservative tax. The comment I get from Conservatives is “fool, it is just the weather. it been with us forever.”

Heat waves will be ongoing with little respite.

The nuclear generation will continue to be in trouble because of warmer than usual cooling waters to draw from. AC power lines will be stressed so a switch to DC will be the order or the day. Nuclear plants will be restricted to 50% capacity or less because of the warmth of their “cooling” water.