All Professions Should Be Forced to Learn About Aboriginal Residential Schools: Judge

Chinta Puxley, National Post, October 2, 2013

The chairman of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission says all professions should have to undergo mandatory training about residential schools as the country tries to undo some of the deep-seeded trauma inflicted by the policy to “take the Indian out of the child.”

Justice Murray Sinclair told a suicide prevention conference in Winnipeg on Wednesday that judges are legally required to learn about residential schools and the same should be mandatory for anyone working with aboriginal people.

Justice Murray Sinclair

Justice Murray Sinclair

“There isn’t a single profession in Canada that shouldn’t be required to understand the aboriginal experience in this country because all professions deal with aboriginal people, particularly in the West, where the population of aboriginal people is so significant,” Sinclair said.

Medical professionals in particular need to understand the legacy of residential schools, he said.

“This requirement should be imposed upon all of those who are treating aboriginal people,” Sinclair said. “Every medical doctor and every nurse being trained at a training program at a hospital or university in this country should be required to take a course in the residential school experience.”

Sinclair pointed to a Winnipeg hospital where an aboriginal man in a wheelchair died during a 34-hour wait in the emergency waiting room. The Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg serves not only urban aboriginals, but all those from northern Manitoba who are sent for medical treatment, Sinclair said.

“All of those aboriginal patients are being sent to professionals who have not been trained in cultural competence,” he said. “That’s contributed to hesitation on the part of the aboriginal community to seek medical advice when they feel they are not going to be treated properly. That exacerbates the problems that they face.”

About 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Metis children were taken from their families and forced to attend the government schools over much of the last century. The last school, outside Regina, closed in 1996.

The $60-million truth and reconciliation commission is part of a landmark compensation deal between the federal government, the Crown and residential school survivors. Sinclair and his commissioners have visited hundreds of communities and have heard graphic details of trauma, including rampant sexual and physical abuse.

Of the 80,000 people who have made claims under the compensation deal, Sinclair said half say they sustained injuries of one form or another. Survivors suffer from depression, thoughts of suicide, substance abuse and an inability to show affection, he said. Those who live with survivors suffer as well, Sinclair said.

“Trauma feeds on trauma. Once there is a cycle that’s started of suicides or crime or physical violence, it begins to feed upon itself and passes from generation to generation,” Sinclair said. “Residential schools are probably the most significant historical trauma that aboriginal people in this country have experienced.”

The commission has nine months left in its mandate but Sinclair said it may require an extension. The commission has had difficulty obtaining documents in Library and Archives Canada, despite a court order requiring all archival records be turned over, he said.

Bureaucratic and “systemic” delays may mean the commission will have a hard time meeting its deadline of July 1, 2014, Sinclair said.

“We’ve raised that with the parties and we’ll have a discussion with them soon once we know when the documents can start to flow,” he said.


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  • John Ulfsson

    You lost. In sane nations the defeated party does not get a privileged position and the ability to control the lives of the conquerors.

    I’m curious, did Romans tolerate Gauls and Iberians trying to guilt-trip Romans for defeating them? Did they give them positions of influence and let them teach Roman children?

    • dd121

      When the Brits revolted against Roman rule, the Romans re-grouped, defeated the rag-tag Brit army and then executed every man, woman and child in the regions that had revolted. The Brits lived happily ever after and never revolted again and the Romans never felt an ounce of guilt. It was a pattern that played many times during the Roman Era. I think it’s the difference between a warrior Roman society and the feminized culture we have today. We’d never do that to the natives.

      • John Ulfsson

        Which is the moral caveat, because when we aren’t cruel it always comes back to bite us. Mercy is never appreciated by non-whites. You see this with both blacks and natives.

      • dogbone

        ” …the Romans re-grouped, defeated the rag-tag Brit army and then executed
        every man, woman and child in the regions that had revolted.”

        That’s what the communists did in every country they infested. That is why they are still in power.

        Stupid American whites just kill their own people who are trying to save them.

    • Garrett Brown

      “Did they give them positions of influence and let them teach Roman children that their ancestors are to be reviled for conquering them?”

      Yes actually, it’s what led to their demise.

  • Spartacus

    That judge looks really smart. I wonder if he can count his teeth .

    • MekongDelta69

      With one hand or two?

    • gemjunior

      He could eat corn through a fence.

  • MekongDelta69

    “The chairman of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission says all professions should have to undergo mandatory training about the dominant, way more intelligent culture.”

    Wait – did I misread that?

    • me

      Nope. But then, this ‘aboriginal’ has benefitted immensely from his ‘White’ oppressors. Instead of a leaky, unheated dwelling, filled with parasites like lice and rats, he gets to luxuriate in a temperature-controlled, parasite-free home with all of the amenities created by his ‘evil, White oppressors’. He’s learned to read, write, and how to promote ‘White guilt’ to line his pockets. He’s prolonged his life through food grown, distributed, and sold by the ‘evil White man’. His overall health and longevity has been assured by the ‘evil White man’s’ medicine, rather than the superstitious fakery of his ‘medicine man’. I could go on, but it would take too much space to list all of the benefits he’s received from ‘evil Whitey’. I suggest that this ‘Murray Sinclair’ go live the way his forefathers lived, and give back every gift the ‘evil White man’ gave him, starting with his Anglo name…sick con man!

      • Katherine McChesney

        Aren’t alcoholism, abuse and fraud part of the aboriginal system in Canada?

  • Raised Its Ugly Head

    Where’s the judge who will force somebody to respect my “loss of White privilege experience”?

  • bigone4u

    “… 80,000 people who have made claims under the compensation deal…”
    That works out to $750 per abo. It would worth that to me if they would stop their whining, but they won’t. No way would I inflict the judge’s “sensitivity training” on myself. Give them an inch and they’ll take a mile.

    • sbuffalonative

      I would be willing to pay blacks reparations on one condition. If they gave up any future right to complain about anything. If I pay you off, that’s the end of it.

      I suspect the Abos won’t take their money and live quietly ever-after.

      • bigone4u

        I sort of agree with you about blacks. Pay them off to go live in Africa. Build big beautiful houses for them in Africa, with a nice car, 400 cable channels, and all expenses paid. But you can never come back to the USA. We’d be cheaper off in the long run.

        • From your lips to God’s ears.

        • 1stworlder

          The houses Habitat For Humanity built for blacks after Katrina are already falling apart thanks to no maintenance and rough treatment.

  • Anglokraut

    Just give it thirty years, as the current crop of Abos is legally entitled to do nothing but collect benefits and drink themselves into an early grave if they want. Their children will complain about how their parents were “denied” the chance to go to school, even though Abos get everything for free, including all the college they can ever want. Then the schools will come back in whatever new form of education is the fashion.

  • sbuffalonative

    as the country tries to undo some of the deep-seeded trauma inflicted by the policy to “take the Indian out of the child.”

    For trying to integrate the Abos into mainstream white culture, white people have been vilified.

    They want all the benefits of a white culture but they want to maintain their native culture. The two are incompatible. One produces stone-age povery. The other offers a chance to improve your lot in life.

  • Homo_Occidentalis

    This is just more grievance agitating in order to transfer wealth from productive white Canadians to non-whites. No doubt these “cultural competency” counselors will find their government mandated and funded jobs cushy, with six figures a year and benefits. Meanwhile, our overburdened doctors will find themselves wondering why they have to snooze through lectures on subjects that do not AT ALL pertain to their career, while they could be using the time to keep up to date on new medical advances or relaxing. No doubt the hospitals and clinics will also be expected to pay for the privilege. What an absolute headache.

  • Oil Can Harry

    The residential school system, and the vital education it provided, was the best thing ever to happen to these booze hounds.

    When Columbus arrived the Injuns had no written languages and had not invented the wheel.

    • Whitetrashgang

      Also if you read a book by Columbus the natives were all naked and having sex with each other, which is a native tradition.

  • IstvanIN

    Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission
    South Africa by the North Pole?

  • If he wants to really embrace his roots, he needs to eschew White accouterments, i. e., computers, toilet paper, electricity, antobiotics, dental care, . . .

    What a aboriginal poser!

  • Le Fox

    Well, there is a reason why they’re sent there.

    They’re violent.

  • Stentorian_Commentator

    I object to the terms Aborigines and First Nations. These people came over by boat or by a land bridge across what is now the Bering Strait, but one way or another, they too are immigrants, just earlier ones. Aborigines just means that they were here at the time Modern Europeans arrived in the Americas, so the term is hopelessly Eurocentric. So let’s call them “Earlier Immigrants”. Also, because they violently resisted the arrival of whites, let’s also call them the First Nativists.

  • HJ11

    I agree with the indigenous people, they should have been left alone to find their own way in the ever changing world. Unfortunately, we have, among us Whites, pathological altruists, who I call Great White Mothers and Great White Fathers who have a subconscious belief that all humans are really aracial and neutral Whites inside (just like the GWMs and the GWFs) and that it is the God given duty of the GWMs and GWFs to help the inner White people emerge from their dark skin prisons so they can be just like the GWMs and GWFs.

    These GWMs and GWFs are also part of genocidal maniacs who are now trying to blend all humans into a Tan Everyman (who in their twisted view, will still be aracial and neutral White inside) so there is no mor racial conflict. Yes, they’re nuts. Spit when you see them. They are scum and are helping exterminate Whites throgh blending.

    • HJ11

      Hmmm. I see from a lack of up votes, my comment might have been misunderstood.

      Here’s a clarification: I don’t want Indians,Blacks, Browns, Asians to be integrated into White “culture.” That way leads to the blending away of Whites–genocide of Whites. I want distinct peoples to remain distinct and not try to be White. But, also, just to be clear, I don’t care what happens to these other peoples. I just want Whites to have White self-identification and White self-determination completely free from the genes of non-Whites.

      By supporting the rights of non-Whites to have their own self-identification and self-determination, we actually support the same right for Whites and we take the high moral ground.

  • My injun ancestors married white men and got over it.

  • Jotun Hunter

    Those of us sick of idiotic feminism do more than talk about it on here, rest assured
    madam. ‘independant’ women and feminized ‘x factor’ culture are precisely the problem, flr reasons that your very post suggests: you make decisions for emotional and irrational reasons. a bpu

  • Whitetrashgang

    Some of you guys have to be from Canada. Boy do I have stories, use to fly up north

  • NorthernWind

    More absurd nonsense. I know about how shitty those residential school were but you know what? The reservations are even worse.
    My solution? Do what they have been asking for year now. Give them some land and give them independence. Have those zones be economically integrated (no trade barriers, Canadian currency) but otherwise have them be completely independent. I don’t know why we have to bamboozle White people into having more White guilt. How does that help the First Nations???

  • Katherine McChesney

    You assume that the men here only talk. How have you come to your conclusion? You know nothing about the people here.

    Are you a witch?

  • FourFooted_Messiah

    I’m not going to defend the residential schools, but I wonder this:

    Just what was it about Native society that made White society want to force them to change their culture? That’s what it was really about, and I’m sure it was more than “hurr, durr, dey worships animulls hurr durr” kindergarten nonsense – there had to be something much more serious than that.