‘Found on the Net’:
“My great uncle was indeed a Catholic priest teaching at a far north residential school in the 1960’s. I had several conversations with this wonderful man when he came to his hometown, Kingston, to visit. We talked about his work there and how devoted he was to improving the lives of native people. I can tell you, this man had integrity, and would never have been involved in abuse, or even tolerated it around him.
“I believe a few cases of such abuse have been multiplied and blown out of proportion, to obtain settlements and perpetuate victimhood by some aboriginals. But not all. We don’t hear about the ones who had positive experiences in residential schools, do we? Why?
“My Uncle eventually left the priesthood, married a native woman and had 3 children with her. He continued living in the north until his death recently. What a legacy he had to live with during his last few years, with all the distorted testimony and media spin. Very sad.”
‘SCAPEGOATING THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS – 1′:
“I was never lonely there. When I went home on holidays, I was always lonesome for the school. The staff was very supportive of the students, and there were always lots of activities organized. Besides sports, there was choir, piano, even a first-aid course. I even remember the staff reading stories to the younger children.”
‘SCAPEGOATING THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS – 2′:
“Painting all residential schools as dysfunctional places of abuse and making them a collective scapegoat for the social problems which continue to plague the native people of Canada will not solve these problems, nor does it do justice to the many who worked tirelessly for the betterment of native children.”
‘SCAPEGOATING THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS – 3′:
“My own mother attended the residential school in Lebret from 1909 to 1916 in Saskatchewan, and she loved it. The nuns taught her everything; how to sew, cook, read and write. How would she have learned, otherwise? Certainly, the European style of discipline was different than native culture, but what could you do? If you let the children leave, a lot of them would have starved…”
‘SCAPEGOATING THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS – 4′:
“This is not an issue of physical or sexual abuse — everyone who attended a residential school will get a government cheque averaging $24,000. No questions asked.
“In addition, the deal allows those who do have claims of abuse to collect their $24,000, and still go after the feds for additional compensation for their suffering at the hands of school pedophiles.”
‘THE POSITIVE SIDE OF RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS’:
“It is now widely acknowledged that some people working in residential schools abused the children under their care. But, no one has acknowledged that some children abused other children. Of course, people who abused others should be charged, and if convicted, they should pay for their crimes. Moreover, administrators from the churches and from Indian and Northern Affairs who covered up these crimes should be charged, convicted, and punished.
“But, before joining the feeding frenzy of lawyers who want to extract billions of dollars from Canadian taxpayers, it may be worthwhile considering some of the positive things that happened in residential schools. Surprisingly, church leaders have rarely mentioned the benefits these schools provided for their students…”
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