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< governments can get it wrong, and for more than 100 years Canada robbed Indigenous families of their land and their children.
< placed hundreds of kilometres from home, children were forced to work, were exposed to abuse, and received little actual education.
< it is said the legacy of this cultural genocide will take 7 generations to heal.
“Reconciliation is not an Aboriginal problem, it’s a Canadian one.” – Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, 2015
< These are the efforts that we can give to and steps we can take to begin.
- #hugbabieshelpkids It is impossible to spoil a baby by picking them up and holding them. And think about the wording – spoiling? Milk spoils, babies don’t. And those childhood tantrums? Help kids be emotionally literate by teaching them how to feel feelings, rather than punish them for not managing feelings.
- Read 21 Things You May Not Know About The Indian Act by Bob Joseph. Number 1 was a big eye opener and that’s just the beginning.
- Learn the basics. Indigenous is an umbrella term for First Nations, Inuit, and Metis. There are 63 First Nations, 5 language groups and 7 treaties in Manitoba, along with 5 First Nations who are not signatory to any treaty with Canada.
- Do not wear a headdress to a sports event or party – it is a sacred item that is not worn where alcohol is present. Cultures are not costumes.
- Speak to understand, not to be understood.
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