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A fellow told me about the abuse he experienced in an indigenous school. He showed me how his left hand had been tied so he could not use it.

“They did that in all the schools,” I said.

“It’s not the same,” he said.

Then he told me the story of the orange ribbon.

A little girl had her orange shirt torn into strips.

I said, “My sister watched me go to school for two years. Finally her turn came. She played with the niece of the principal who lived across the road from us. As we came up to the school the principal walked into the front door. ‘Say ‘Hello,’ I told my sister. At noon when I went to bring her home her face was red with tears. The principal had given her the strap for speaking directly to her.”

“It’s not the same,” he said.

No, perhaps it is not.

My sister was crippled in that moment.

From that moment I became a witness.

I was eight when my sister got the strap.

I am now seventy-five.

“You have the wrong attitude. If you leave this school today you will starve in two weeks,” my high school principal told me.

Had I not left I would have starved

Because i left I met Jane Jacobs who became a friend and mentor.

This is what she has to say about our education system:

Dopes: Wonderful school teachers:

We are mislead:

Incompetent by time we are prepared:

It was the intent of the government to absorb all peoples, to cancel the cultural heritage of all peoples, to deny the identity of all peoples.

Nonetheless the Indigenous got it worse.

–Reg Hartt


How public education cripples our kids, and why:

Origin of orange ribbons:

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission found that the residential school system disrupted the ability of parents to pass on their indigenous languages to their children, leading to 70% of Canada’s Aboriginal languages being classified as endangered. It found that the deliberately poor education offered at the residential school system created a poorly educated indigenous population in Canada, which impacted the incomes those students could earn as adults, and impacted the educational achievement of their children and grandchildren, who were frequently raised in low-income homes. It also found that the sexual and physical abuse received at the schools created life-long trauma in residential school survivors, trauma and abuse which was often passed down to their children and grandchildren, which continues to create victims of the residential school system today.[11][14]

Bias against left handed people:


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