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Residential Schools

 

Dear Ms. Beyak,

Just want to express my support for your correct, although unpopular, comments regarding the residential schools. This appears to have become an ‘all or nothing’ subject. Former residential school students who relate anything positive about their experiences are quickly silenced to further the agenda of the aboriginal industry.

I’m not sure why the subject must be seen in black and white, as the suffering of those who were mistreated isn’t remotely diminished by discussing all aspects of the topic openly.

We are constantly chided to ‘learn our history’ with regards to Canada’s residential schools. I would also suggest that we ‘learn our history’ with regards to the 120,000 British Home Children sent from Great Britain between 1869-1932 for ‘indentured servitude’, of which 8,000 died (some interred in two mass, unmarked graves in Etobicoke, Ont). Terrible things were done to all people, throughout history, both through malice and good (albeit ignorant) intentions.

Reinforcing a ‘victim’ identity is a roadblock to actual healing, and the only ones who benefit from preventing healing to occur are the ones making money at it.

It’s unfortunate that you’ll continue to face the wrath of those who expect you to tow the line, and no doubt be called a racist, the go-to position whenever an argument doesn't bear scrutiny…but thank you for saying what needed to be said.

Respectfully,

Laurie