The Secret Path

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I'll have to watch all of this. If you watch the first 10 minutes, the video references a child's trip to a Residential school. He was stripped naked, his hair was cut and he was washed with DDT. Several "Christian" posters on this forum have repeatedly asked for an example of modern day ugliness from Christians. Here you go.

This is Downie's real legacy. It is easy to become a Canadian hero by espousing the good side of this country. Our love of hockey. Or supposed superiority with beer. Our canoes & cottage life as part of our childhood. It takes far more character to point out that Canada committed genocide against it's own children and that it only stopped in 1996. And, as a guy who knows that system, it's never really stopped.

My guess is most of you have heard of Jane Creba. I'm betting few of you know the name Rinelle Harper. She was a 16 year old native girl who was violently assaulted, raped and tossed in a river to die in the winter in Winnipeg. Her name & thousands of others are invisible to this society.

Have you heard of Starlight Tours? It's not a band on Indie 88 it's the practice of police taking a native adult or child for a drive to the country usually in winter. They are assaulted, stripped and left to walk home often without shoes. Many die from the elements.

Stand up for what is right. Even if you stand alone.

October 21, 2017 @ 9:53 AM

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This movie is the first 60 minutes, then there's a CBC Arts live panel after.

October 21, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

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Thank you for posting.

While watching I could only have visions of Helen Betty Osbourne and the missing Indigenous Womens Inquiry that went wrong.
I suspect a lot of people wanted this inquiry, but for quite different reasons. And they were too busy lobbying for the inquiry to stop and figure out what they really wanted the inquiry to do.
So now some complain that the inquiry isn't 'victim-centered' enough.
Some want the inquiry to take on a judicial/police function.
Some think it isn't honouring indigenous traditions enough. (And how many of the commissioners or staff are native, btw?)
And all agree it needs more money and time.
The number of resignations around this commission is telling. This inquiry will still be rolling forward by the next election with some people still dissatisfied with whatever it ends up doing.
Myself, I thought a useful contribution by this inquiry would be to investigate and recommend ways to ensure crimes involving aboriginals are investigated and treated with the same seriousness as the rest of society.
But what do I know, eh?

October 21, 2017 @ 11:42 AM

Urooj Islam

Thanks for posting, Mike, just bought the Secret Path from Amazon because I want to read it in physical form. I didn't know Jeff Lemire was involved with it, he's great.

WCI has been bang on about Downie's legacy over the last few days. We have to confront the skeletons in our closet as Canadians in regards to the treatment of natives if you want to truly and respectfully commemorate what Downie represented.

October 22, 2017 @ 7:46 PM

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