Residential schools were part of genocide
By Alex Corey
June 23, 2008
Mr. Pierre Poilievre spoke with accidental honesty regarding residential school compensation.
He articulated the exact racist paradigm that was originally used to justify residential schools. I don’t blame him entirely for what he said.
His sentiments are the product of our collective history.
Racism is born from our necessity to dehumanize people that we oppress for material gain. Racism towards aboriginals exists to justify the theft and genocide of colonization.
Historical documents show a reality of culturally rich, egalitarian, democratic and deeply knowledgeable societies before colonization. With the myth that aboriginals are lazy, unintelligent, heathen and helpless, we can justify our “benevolent” presence and offer charity to, as he put it, “engender the values of hard work and independence and self-reliance.”
Residential schools, justified with the same racist arguments, were created because most of Canada occupies land never ceded or sold. Canada, therefore, has no legal claim to the unceded resources.
The so-called Americas were colonized to acquire resources and labour to enrich Europeans.
Residential schools were part of a genocidal attempt to assimilate and exterminate First Nations to secure resources for Canada.
If truly sorry, then Mr Poilievre should push Canada to sign the UN Declaration of Indigenous Rights, fairly negotiate land claims and respect treaty rights.