Couldn’t Help but Judge by Comparison

“Over six years, they led the examination of the Indian residential school system, combing through myriad documents and witnessing the courage of survivors who shared their stories. Their final report invites all Canadians to confront the inequities of the past, and calls on governments and individuals alike to move forward, with greater understanding, towards reconciliation.”

Actor Tom Jackson, a past recipient of the Order of Canada, brought Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, to tears after the formal ceremony with a moving call to action to improve the standing of the country’s Indigenous people.

Governor General apologizes for saying Indigenous people were immigrants


For the Love of God

[Nearly a dozen Catholic nuns sexually abused at least 95 students at boarding and day schools run by the Ursuline Sisters of the Western Province, according to a lawsuit scheduled for trial later this year.

The suit — which was filed in 2011 in Lewis and Clark County, Montana – lists 95 plaintiffs but includes placeholders for up to 105 potential victims, reported the Global Sisters Report.

The trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 1, and the plaintiffs’ attorneys will attempt to prove 11 nuns who served from the 1940s to 1970s at St. Ignatius Mission School physically, sexually, and emotionally abused students from the Flathead Indian Reservation.

“It affected a whole generation of Native American kids,” said Vito de la Cruz, an attorney for the plaintiffs.

About 5,000 U.S. priests and deacons have been accused of sexual abuse in cases dating to the 1950s, but only an estimated 88 other female religious figures have been accused of abuse, according to the online database]

Read the full report | RAW STORY


Western Media Turn Blind Eye to Vote at UN on Nazism | US, Canada and Ukraine: NO | 55 States Abstained

The resolution is titled, “Combating glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.”

A big yawn. And “delete.” That’s how editors at the world’s mainstream media have reacted to the news that Canada, the United States and Ukraine voted against a resolution at the United Nations on Nov. 21 committing the member countries of the world body to combat racism and xenophobia in all its forms.

These were the only three countries to vote “no,” but 55 countries abstained, including the member countries of the European Union, as well as Australia and New Zealand.

News of the vote on the resolution has been suppressed in most mainstream media outlets in the West. One of the few to report it was the National Post daily in Canada.

The resolution (full, seven-page text here) was presented to the “Third Committee” of the UN General Assembly. It is the committee charged with examining and making recommendations on social, cultural and human rights issues. The resolution was proposed by 30 countries, including Russia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Vietnam, Venezuela, Bolivia and Cuba. 117 countries voted in favor. The “yes” vote by the majority means the resolution will be presented to the General Assembly.

Read the full article | TruthOut

Befreiung des Konzentrationslagers Dachau im April 1945

Canada | Court Orders Residential School Documents Destroyed… after 15 years

“Can and should this court order that documents that contain information about what happened at the Indian Residential Schools be destroyed?” Perell wrote in his decision. “My answer to this question is: yes, destruction, but only after a 15-year retention period during which the survivors of the Indian Residential Schools may choose to spare some of their documents from destruction.”

Read the full article here | ICTJ


First Nations in Canada and Israel | Genocide and Rhetoric

Read the full article here | Global Research

[Why would Canadian Jewish leaders suddenly take such an interest in Natives and support their struggle for reparations from the Canadian government? Is it altruism, because of the Jewish tradition of being ‘a light unto peoples’? This is what CIJA (Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs) would have us believe, with its claims to “profound cultural and historical similarities”, “striving for acceptance, equal rights, rights to their own land”.

There is another, very different explanation. The Native resistance movement has continued to grow in the past half century. As Natives become more aware of their common struggle with other aboriginal peoples around the world, they are bound to identify with the Palestinians and their struggle against the colonial settlers.]