“Ted, the government has never done one goddamn thing for First Nations people that was any good.” Ted Cadwallader, Provincial Director of Aboriginal Education in British Columbia, recalled what his First Nations father used to say to him. “He was pretty happy that I was working in government,” Cadwallader said sarcastically.
Until the late 20th century, Canada ran a devastating residential school assimilation policy. Labelled “cultural genocide”, it forcibly separated 150,000 Indigenous children from their communities and sent them to schools which were rife with abuse. Even since the policy ended, support for Aboriginal children has been underfunded and inadequate, especially in early childhood.
Now Canada’s federal government, which in 2016 adopted the UN’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), is looking to make amends…
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