June 03, 2015

Memo to the media: Residential schools were created by the era's progressive "experts"

Brian LilleyArchive

Contrary to what the media and "social justice" activists want you to believe Liberal Party has, historically, been the party behind the residential schools and other First Nations grievances.

I also explain why the Truth and Reconciliation report's 94 recommendations can't all be carried out by the federal government alone, despite what many politicians and activists are demanding.

Many of these recommendations are absurd, divisive and contradictory.

The residential school system was a blot on our history, but this report will do very little to help us all move into the future.

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commented 2015-06-14 22:26:19 -0400
Right isn’t in the left handbook
commented 2015-06-09 21:50:26 -0400
One of the 94 is to increase funding to the CBC – excuse me. ?? Defund them ,more like.
commented 2015-06-08 19:18:20 -0400
Thank you Brian. I did not have time to read the report, but I was suspicious that this would be yet another expression of self-hate with many absurd “more government” recommendations. You have realized my worst fears. But it’s not my practice to shoot the messenger.
commented 2015-06-06 19:46:35 -0400
Judy, right on!!!! Do you maybe think they want some more money from the Federal Govermnent??? That could be why this story is never dropped. I had an Aunt who worked at a Indian Residential School and she never ever told us ever that sexual abuse was going on! What my Aunt did say was the Native children were glad to come back to the school after a weekend with their parents. Because their parents were drunk all weekend. Also the aides at the residential school had to take the lice out of the childrens hair after a weekend at home! My Aunt has since passed away. The commission did contact her before she passed away and the Commission tried to accuse her for something but could not succeed. My Aunt had the right answer. But if there was abuse going on, then that was not at all acceptable! But the school were my Aunt worked, she said the children were glad to come back to the school because their parents were drunk all weekend. This was hard to believe when I first of all heard about these accusations against the residential schools.
commented 2015-06-06 18:01:56 -0400
Joan, even a lawyer for the Indians said this was NOT A SUCCESSFUL GENOCIDE…well if it isn’t successful then IT ISN’T GENOCIDE AT ALL…just more left wing rhetoric to try to make us all feel GUILTY for something WE NEVER DID…sick of this endless whining folks…GET OVER IT, NOW. Time to grow up. We are not your daddy/mommy. Your nightmare is over…so wake up and start living and get a job to pay your own way…like real people have to do.
commented 2015-06-05 21:53:06 -0400
This is almost Orwellian. But I’d rather follow the money and careers going back to the beginning of the Indian Act. Most of them responsible are dead and gone and where are the documents from both sides? Documents trump stories all the time.
Maybe harper will attend to this after the next election because the NDP and Liberals will surely bury i deeper.
commented 2015-06-05 19:02:08 -0400
Joan is right…EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL CANADIANS. PERIOD. No more of this ridiculous MANIPULATION of history, even if there are sad facts, to make some Canadians “MORE EQUALTHAN OTHERS. We all have sad facts. Give them equal rights, let them make money and pay their share of taxes and look after their own as we have to do. If they won’t agree to own land individually let them figure out how to make it work in their communistic ways.

Right now, for all their complaints, they have more rights than we do…NO TAXES, FREE UNIVERSITY EDUCATION, (not to mention huge rights over mineral and other rights from which they are sucking scads of $$$$), AND IF THAT WEREN’T ENOUGH, SCADS OF OUR TAXPAYER MONEY THROWN AT THEIR CHIEFS…who until now had no responsibility to explain what they did with all the money…most of their problems could be solved by making them INDEPENDENT and requiring they support themselves…as some tribes have done very successfully. They would have much more self-respect if this happened.

A first year graduate police officer in the Indian reservation was getting 42,000/year a number of years ago while a white graduate police officer got 29,000/year…why? no payroll tax…not bad, eh? Of course nowadays the rates are MUCH higher…much, much higher…

My dad was murdered by a FN man and the killer got 2 years…what about some reconciliation for that?… I would say they have it pretty good here…and have really learned how to MILK THE SYSTEM…time to wean them …and teach them to feed themselves…sound harsh?..a little reality AND JUSTICE would go a long way toward HEALING FOR ALL. Self-pity becomes UGLY after a while.

We need a nation of people who pull their weight…NOT PEOPLE WHO DRAG US DOWN. Remember your mother saying “stop your whining”? That’s my advice too.
commented 2015-06-05 18:29:53 -0400
I would like a truth and reconciliation committee JUST FOR ME…I HAVE A FEW recommended actions that the government has to enact for me…More money for me, more of everything for ME ME ME…I had a bad childhood because the government MADE MONEY FROM MY DAD IN TAXES ON SMOKES AND BOOZE AND SO I WAS PUNISHED FINANCIALLY WHILE THE GOVERNMENT TOOK A LARGE PORTION OF OUR LIVELIHOOD FROM US…And…we lived in terror of my dad’s temper that was exacerbated while he was drinking the booze from which the government gained a large portion of tax…As part owners of the businesses that sold booze and smokes (through their power to take a portion of the profits) I claim my fair share of reconciliation funding from them…

Actually I think these T&R recommendations should be sent to Santa Claus (they reek of OPPORTUNISM AND GREED, NOT TO MENTION POLITICAL SCAT) …we forget that the Doukhobors were treated just the same…and that the public school system today is doing the same to our kids making them into left wing pundits and often making them hostile to their parents by indoctrinating them into a value system that is foreign to the one of the parents with NO SENSITIVITY AT ALL for the values of families across Canada (note esp. the new sex curriculum) ….I could think of a few recommendations here too…like making it illegal for teachers to USE THE TIME WE PAY THEM TO TEACH, TO INDOCTRINATE CHILDREN INTO THEIR UNION WAYS…this needs to be addressed NOW.

The courts should be making this a prerequisite for unionized school teachers…that they stop using their POWER AGAINST THE PARENTS especially those who are not unionized or who prefer conservatism and libertarianism. Don’t ever think they are not using the time around strike action to PROMOTE THEIR WHINING, COMPLAINING GARBAGE and making the government and parents out to be the enemy and training them so they will act JUST THE SAME WAY. I would love to be a fly on the wall of these speeches. Like the Liberal governments who instituted residential schools, our past governments have instituted means whereby children are alienated from their parents and their NATIVE CULTURES AS WELL.

FINALLY MY RECOMMENDATION FOR THIS COMMITTEE is that they investigate the WAYS AND MEANS THAT various Indian tribes ENFORCED their individual cultures on their Indian captives FROM OTHER TRIBES during their many wars against one another…and that the means they used be brought into the equation…FOR YOU CAN BE SURE that they make slaves out of people from other tribes when they became their prisoners during wars between tribes…that they raped women from other tribes during war times and that they acted in similar fashion to the way their children were treated by us…because HUMAN NATURE IS HUMAN NATURE!
commented 2015-06-05 00:46:59 -0400
I did forget to add one more comment, as politically incorrect it may seem, it is the reality.
The survivors of the Schools, there were many, their offspring fare very well in the new Society, compared to life in the 1870’s. In other jurisdictions there were few, if any survivors after confronting the white man.
commented 2015-06-04 23:56:20 -0400
Thanks for your report Brian.
I don’t agree with this “Truth and Reconciliation” process. I don’t agree with a lot of the issues raised.
I do agree with the Sexual Abuse issue. But, that abuse was at the hands of the Administration of the Schools,
the same administrative disease that went on to Mt. Cashel and how many more Diocese? That disease was also found in Maple Leaf Gardens, the WHL, and that Ontario Education Minister, Sam Levins. I doubt very much we will ever be perfect.
On forced schooling: I arrived in Canada from elsewhere at age 7. I was forced to go to school, I had to learned English, had I landed in Mtl. I would have had to learn French. There was never any talk of that other language that I spoke. They still had Truant Officers in those days. Getting a haircut for school was the “in” thing to do in those days. You are absolutely right, Joan, those were different times. Hippies were still a decade away..
Corporal punishment: I received “The Strap”. There was always talk of “caning” in other jurisdictions.
I remember that my Grade 1 teacher wacked some big guy over the head with the yardstick. We bent, and we learned. Somebody owes me an apology.
Canada now has Three Solitudes, 2 against 1, the 2 hold the aces, will the 1 be able to keep up with the rent payments?
commented 2015-06-04 21:54:52 -0400
Any old excuse to ramp up the rhetoric, donchaknow. I don’t get why Harper set this up in the first place. It’s like he gave the left wing permission to dredge up every single thing they want and put it in a very public report. A wish list for progressives, and now Harper has to own it somehow. It gave the left wing a huge gun, full of explosive ammunition, with it aimed squarely at him. I hope this isn’t the fatal flaw that puts Trudeau in the top job. Interesting to see if Harper can deflect this shit storm somehow. Maybe with Brian’s argument here that it was mostly Liberals and progressives responsible.
commented 2015-06-04 20:31:03 -0400
Maurice Potvin said: “What we need is equality before the law, and equal opportunity for all Canadians. That can never happen as long as the Indian Act remains in force. And we certainly don’t need aboriginal communities to be set up as separate independent Nations. That would just entrench the resentment on both sides and ensure economic hardship for the vast majority of First Nations people. (On a side note, is there any way we can nuke the UN building? Of course, making sure everyone is out safely first.)” Maurice. I agree. Mind you we would both be accused of trying to “assimilate” the aboriginal population! The U.N.? if it is done at night (like the wee hours of the morning), then you only get the hard core socialists and tyrants. All the reasonable people should still be sleeping at home with their families……
commented 2015-06-04 20:12:47 -0400
Thank you, Joan, for that insight. What we need is equality before the law, and equal opportunity for all Canadians. That can never happen as long as the Indian Act remains in force. And we certainly don’t need aboriginal communities to be set up as separate independent Nations. That would just entrench the resentment on both sides and ensure economic hardship for the vast majority of First Nations people. (On a side note, is there any way we can nuke the UN building? Of course, making sure everyone is out safely first.)
commented 2015-06-04 18:34:11 -0400
Mind you, I don’t believe the genocide was intentional. Maybe that means it isn’t genocide.
commented 2015-06-04 18:29:28 -0400
This is a good explanation of the history of the term “cultural genocide”. PM Harper is correct, comme toujours.

The correct word, if we want to use it, it plain old genocide. In international law, genocide is defined as a number of acts, including taking children from their families and giving them to another body or person to raise. It needn’t be entire or total but if the deeds are done in part, that also qualifies. Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the targeted group also qualifies as genocide and in the case of the residential school system, the starvation of some children for the purpose of medical experimentation qualifies. John A. MacDonald apparently bragged to parliament about keeping the Indians always on the brink of starvation in order to control them. And deliberately inflicting on the group conditions designed to destroy them entirely or in part qualifies as genocide under international law. Neglecting to provide medical care to children infected with small pox qualifies as does the intentional starvation of some students.

Those were different times. All over the world, this sort of agenda was implemented. In Russia, the government pretty much wiped out the natives in the north. And look at the slave trade from Africa – especially the Saudi slave trade. It is still considered not only acceptable but desirable to keep slaves under shariah law.

During the time Canada’s FN peoples suffered from ignorant imperialist methods, the world was being colonized not by monsters but by people who believed what they did was right. Hindsight is twenty twenty unlike current blind spots.

I hope the Conservatives get back into power and make scrapping the Indian Act a priority. If they are fortunate enough to get a majority again, use that power to scrap the Act no matter the protest. Implement changes to education for First Nations. Get past the recommendations for wound collecting. We don’t need a Palestine in Canada.
commented 2015-06-04 14:46:47 -0400
Lieberals were in power for most of this so called “Cultural Genocide”. In fact, it started on their watch. However the Socialist Media and Oposition politicos go after the current Gov’t. Oh Yeah. Almost fogot. Don’t let the truth get in the way of a good smear! Lieberal Govenments can be compared to baby diapers. Eventually they create such a stink and mess, that they need to be changed and someone else is required to clean up the mess!
commented 2015-06-04 12:01:46 -0400
What if Justy gets his wish and does get to implement all of the TRC recommendations; will that ‘fix’ anything? …doubt it. I’m afraid that will embolden more special interest groups to demand their piece-o-the-pie.
commented 2015-06-04 12:00:01 -0400
So many of the recommendations involve government measures to control political thought. People seem to accept that these days, for example, with the Ontario sex education program and with human rights commissions. It’s reminicent of the Maoist re-education camps,
commented 2015-06-04 11:46:00 -0400
Sure, progressives have no use for checks and balances, or democracy. President Wilson sent thousands into incarceration for daring to speak out on his decision to go to war.
commented 2015-06-04 10:36:26 -0400
Thanks, Brian. The TRC has no clothes, yet the progressive bobble heads and media engage in the most preposterous and ridiculous masquerade of an alternate reality. If ever a report has deserved dust, this is it.
commented 2015-06-04 10:02:44 -0400
Wait a minute — we still haven’t had the mess of the Natives’ financial mismanagement cleared up, and they’re demanding MORE money???
commented 2015-06-04 08:03:00 -0400
No doubt other Malthusian Progressives of the era like Margie Sanger would approve of state sponsored cultural genocides. To the social Darwinist progs of the era (Like TC Douglas) there were just too many of the “wrong” type of humans running about – that needs the attention of enlightened social/population engineers of the age and inventive “culling” methods. Just as Non white cultural sub groups are having their numbers kept in tow by the infanticide of state sponsored abortion today by Malthusian Progs.
commented 2015-06-04 05:50:46 -0400
The assumption of the MSM is that these communist/socialist/marxist/liberal loving pigs think they still CONTROL the narrative to the masses. MSM is nauseating.

The MSM pumps what Canadians should think and do – the great news is that these totalitarian MSM organizations are failing badly – the internet is wiping these pigs out.

And so “residential schools” pumped by the MSM and the SCOC head POS bev maclachlin are the “scandal du jour from the past” – the liberal/communist/socialist/marxist pigs of Canada have nothing to attack Harper will, so these vermin dig into the past – a past created by their own predecessors.

troodo – yes you communist/socialist/marxist/liberal pig – get ready for the beating of your life in October.
commented 2015-06-04 04:05:27 -0400
I’ve only read a small portion of this IMMENSE list: http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/File/2015/Findings/Exec_Summary_2015_05_31_web_o.pdf
and barely scratched the surface. In the Calls To Action portions are the mentioned “recommendations”. To me, many of the educational standpoints are very reasonable, but as the list goes on, it starts to sound as if they are demands, rather than recommendations. I can’t help but wonder exactly what part the CBC had in constructing this list. The call for more funding for the CBC and the CBC’s grand heralding of this is smelling too convenient. But if you can make it through the huge document, you be the judge.
commented 2015-06-04 01:38:53 -0400
The report was designed to create jobs…. lots of jobs!!! Jobs for lawyers, judges, aboriginal bureaucrats and administrators, and all paid for by the tax payer. There is not attempt here to heal the schism between aboriginals and non-aboriginals, but rather to perpetuate and entrench that divide. If it’s healed, all those jobs at the tax payer’s expense will dry up.
commented 2015-06-03 22:43:17 -0400
Excellent job Brian. This will turn out to be multimillion dollar report that will eventually be ignored and only reappear in some history lesson a couple of hundred years from now.
commented 2015-06-03 22:13:56 -0400
Normally I am skeptical of Brian Lilley, but not this time. He is bang on. I have been following native issues avidly since I was 13. I remember when the residential school story came out in the 1990’s. I also remember the church burnings on the news. This report is designed to do one thing. Rally up another generation of activists to burn down more churches and set up more roadblocks.
commented 2015-06-03 21:37:37 -0400
Thank you Brian Lilley and The Rebel. This was the most thorough, intelligent and realistic general breakdown of this report I have seen so far. You would not likely see this with the main stream media, as they would mostly use this as a form of “weapon” against Harper and the conservatives.