‘Pushing For More Easy Money’

The added irony to this story is that it comes from the overtly-racist and criminal Mohawk reserve of Kahnawake.
Wanting payment for the ‘damage’ done from learning to read and write…

“Like many people who grew up in the late 1950s on the Mohawk territory of Kahnawake, Que., Kenneth Deer has experienced the legacy of federal Indian day schools.

“He doesn’t speak Kanien’kéha, the Mohawk language; it wasn’t taught during the time he attended Kateri Tekakwitha School, a former federally operated Indian day school run by the Roman Catholic Church on the territory.

{He went home EVERY day, and EVERY OTHER CULTURE in Canada managed to teach their children their traditional language AT HOME!}

“Kahnawake is on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, across from Montreal.

I don’t speak Mohawk, and I absolutely blame the system for that{!?!},
said Deer…

Seem like a happy bunch: Kenneth Deer’s Grade 6 class photo in 1959-60 at Kateri School. He is second from the left in the front row. (Kenneth Deer)

“This month, the Federal Court of Canada will be asked to approve a settlement in a lawsuit, the ‘Federal Indian Day School Class Action’, against the federal government to compensate for harms suffered by students who were forced to attend Indian day schools.

“While churches ran the day-to-day operation of the schools, the federal government inspected them, kept records, and made other important decisions about them…

“Kahnawake had one of the highest number of federal Indian day schools in Canada (second after Six Nations of the Grand River, Ont.): 11 schools were operated in the community between 1868 and 1988 by the Roman Catholic, Methodist, Anglican and Presbyterian churches…
{For which, no one has ever received thanks…}

“Over the last month, Dennis Diabo, a ‘technician’ {?} with the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake, has been giving information sessions to people in the community about the ‘Federal Indian Day School Class Action’.

“Diabo said he’s spoken with elders who said they enjoyed their time at day school, others who experienced abuse, and “everything in between“.
{Just like you’d find with ANY Canadians…}

“But he’s encountered a lack of awareness about the settlement and the history of day schools, even though most people in the community attended one, he said.

“The fact that Indian day schools operated for 120 years in the community, and as recently as 1988, is not widely known, said ‘academic’ Shiann Wahéhshon Whitebean. And some were operating not long ago: two Indian day schools were taken over from the federal government by the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory as recently as 1988.

That’s the year I started school”,
Whitebean said.
That’s a lot of generations of people who went to day school.”
{No different from all other Canadian children…}

Federal Indian day schools like this one operated in Kahnawake, Que., between 1868 and 1988. (KORLCC)

“Eleven of the 65 Indian day schools in Quebec were located in Kahnawake. The first was opened by the Methodist church in the early 19th century. Around the same time, Roman Catholic groups established separate day schools for girls and boys close to the St. Francis Xavier Mission. Two Catholic schoolhouses were also opened in the rural parts of the community, as well as a third school in the village for older grades.
{For which, the aboriginal communities paid NOTHING…}

“Gerald Reid, a professor of anthropology and sociology at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, researched day schools operating in the early 1920s for his 2004 book “Kahnawake: Factions, Tradition, and Nationalism in a Mohawk Community”…

“For his research, Reid interviewed some of the nuns who had taught in Kahnawake and were living in Massachusetts.

The women I spoke to recognized that when they first started teaching there, they were very inexperienced and were very young, but I think they understood that their purpose was [to] ‘civilize the Indians’ as a part of the program of assimilation”,
said Reid…

“When they first came to Kahnawake, the Sisters “were on constant alert” due to “loud threats” and harassment from “malcontents“, as described in the 1994 book, “The Sisters of Saint Anne: A century of history, volume II, 1900-1950”, by Louise Roy, herself one of the Saint Anne nuns. Sometimes, members of the Band council had to intervene to diffuse tensions…

“Despite community opposition, the day schools continued to operate for decades. The Roman Catholic Church still had a presence in Kahnawake schools until 1988, but by the time former Kateri School principal Arlene Goodleaf started teaching in 1978, the number of nuns teaching had dwindled to three. Goodleaf had been a student there herself from 1954 to 1961.

When I went to school, there was no language and culture at all”,
she said.
{Which is a ridiculous lie; otherwise, she wouldn’t be speaking English…}

“If the settlement is approved, compensation would range from $10,000 for harms associated with attending a day school {learning to read and write}, to up to $200,000 for {unproven} repeated sexual abuse and/or physical assault leading to long-term injury. It also includes a $200-million legacy fund to support commemoration projects, health and wellness programs, as well as language and culture initiatives for ‘indigenous’ {aboriginal} communities.

“For Kenneth Deer, the settlement means recognition of harm caused by day schooling, but said compensation will never “make up for the damage“.

It won’t give me my {ancestors’} language back“,
said Deer…”
{That was your parents fault!}

–‘120 years of Indian day schools leave a dark legacy in Kahnawake Mohawk Territory’,
Jessica Deer, CBC News, May 12, 2019
See also:
Taxpayers Fleeced Again’ (Day School Payments) {May 13, 2019}:
Paid for the Tragedy of Learning to Read and Write:
“The government has reached a proposed settlement with former Indian Day Schools students that would compensate each ‘survivor’ {a pejorative term for aboriginal students} $10,000… Those who {claim to have} experienced physical and sexual abuse at the schools are also eligible for additional compensation of between $50,000 and $200,000, based on severity {and without having to provide proof!}…”

Rationalizing Racism On Reserves’ (Kahnawake) {October 23, 2016}:
“An Aboriginal Industry article trying to justify racism on aboriginal reserves…”

More Mohawk Discrimination{May 20, 2016}:
“If a Mohawk couple adopts a child who is not ‘indigenous’, the adoptive parents have committed an “offence”, according to a new law in Kahnawake, Que. The adoptive parents will lose their rights as Kahnawake Mohawks — which include voting here, living here, being buried here.”


Mohawk Tobacco and Organized Crime{April 8, 2016}:
‘Police Target Biker-Mohawk Criminal Organization’
“The ‘Surete du Quebec’ say nearly 60 arrests were made Wednesday morning, targeting biker gangs and what they’re calling ‘aboriginal organized crime outfits’, on charges of selling contraband tobacco, drugs, and money laundering.”


The Mohawk Warrior Flag: A Legacy of Lawlessness{December 12, 2015}:
The Warrior flag is an assertion of sovereignty — especially during illegal occupations. It is used to signify that the land in question is no longer part of Canada, that Canadian laws do not apply to the occupiers, and that the occupiers are prepared to escalate their resistance to the point of violence…

“The more well-known shaved-head Mohawk Warrior ‘war’ version seen in Oka, Caledonia, and more recently in Toronto’s High Park {as well as ‘Idle no More’, and now at virtually every aboriginal protest}, was specifically created at the request of organized criminals involved in cigarette smuggling at Kahnawake, as a way to try to legitimize their greed and lawlessness under the banner of ‘aboriginal sovereignty’.”


Jesuits and the Indians {November 15, 2014}:
“Before the end of the 17th century, the Jesuits founded two other refugee Indian settlements… Between 1665 and 1667, one was established on lands facing Montreal. Called “By-the-River” (‘KAHNAWAKE” in the Mowawk idiom), IT CONSISTED OF A FEW MOHAWKS CONVERTED TO ROMAN CATHOLICISM, AND MANY CAPTIVES TAKEN BY THESE — AND OTHER IROQUOIS — FROM SURROUNDING TRIBES. REJECTED BY THEIR OWN PEOPLE…”

Can’t We All Just Get Along?‘ (Kahnawake Racism) {November 10, 2014}:
“Seven people, including former Olympian Waneek Horn-Miller, are suing the Kahnawake Mohawk Council over its law that bans ‘mixed-race’ couples from living on its territory…”

Racism On The Reserve‘ (Kahnawake) {September 29, 2014}:
“In a throwback to the pre-Civil Rights era, a small community in Quebec is enforcing a racist law that serves to expel any resident couple that is found to be of mixed race.”
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