October 02, 2018

Left-wing trifecta executes "hit job" on Calgary private school

Keean BexteRebel Contributor

I’ve got an incredible story of what looks like a hit job put together by the left-wing trifecta of the mainstream media, the government, and a small socialist blogging site against a Calgary private school.

The StarMetro Edmonton recently reported that a learning resource was being used: a multiple-choice question asking students to identify a positive effect of residential schools. They quoted the founder of the elite Webber Academy, Neil Webber, as saying “We want our teachers to discuss both positive and negative aspects of the issue”, going on to insinuate that Dr. Webber was a vocal proponent of Residential Schools.

Well, folks, the left-wing virtue signalling machine kicked into high gear on Twitter and Facebook, with everyone from NDP MLAs to the Alberta Legislature twitter feed volunteering their hot takes on how evil residential schools are, and how everyone who thinks they were good, like Dr. Webber are equally evil.

This story was just so crazy. It had so many holes that it warranted further investigation - something you won't see anywhere in the mainstream media.

I went to the source. Neil Webber, headmaster and founder of Webber Academy, I wanted to know what the school really thought about residential schools from the horse's mouth. Was this school a victim of fake news?

What I found out will blow your mind. It’s worse than just fake news. It looks like not only is Weber Academy the victim of a mainstream media smear job - surprise surprise - even worse it looks like Webber Academy may have been set up for the smear by the Ministry of Education.

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commented 2018-10-03 14:32:23 -0400
An outsider’s view of residential schools

Don Sandberg

Updated: June 11 at 12:55 AM CDT Print Article E-mail Article

The residential school years were, without doubt, a terrible experience for some native students. One can only imagine the torment of being unable to escape one’s abusers. Today many still suffer the effects of being molested by those who preached right and wrong. But not all students suffered; some gained much by being able to attend these institutions.
The government of the day believed that warehousing people in educational institutions was best for the native people. The policy, thought to be in the best interests of all, was very misguided, but then one must remember this was the early nineteen-hundreds.
Still, there is no excuse for trying to remove a people’s culture so that they might be integrated into the society of the day. Did it work? No, of course not! These students went home on holidays and, once they graduated, returned to their reserves where their cultures remained intact. On the positive side, many living on isolated reserves say they would not have received this level of education without the residential schools, and many have judged it a positive experience. As a direct result of their education, some that I know went on to become school teachers, principals, and church leaders while others worked in a multitude of professions.
Tragically, others came away with the scars of sexual abuse at the hands of those entrusted with their well-being. The news stories, however, make it appear that most residential school students suffered sexual abuse. This was definitely not the case. Abusers appear in many similar institutions including military academies and Christian schools. The media has reported these cases over the years, with Mount Cashel probably the most recognized. A movie was made about this orphanage, also known as “Newfoundland’s House of Horrors.”
The aboriginal network has played the residential school card at every opportunity, and the sad thing is that even those who did not actually attend residential schools blame all of their social ills on the aboriginal residential school era. I am an alcoholic, I am a drug user, I can’t work, I am a lousy parent, or I commit crimes — all this because of what the government did by sending me or my parents to residential school.
Growing up in the northern community of Gillam, Manitoba in the 1950s and ’60s, I recall how sad it was each fall to see many of my friends boarding the train to return to residential school. The summers were fun-filled times and now we would not see them again until Christmas. Those of us who stayed behind because we were not treaty Indians at the time noticed a huge difference when these friends returned. Most importantly, they could now skate circles around us at hockey games. The secret? They had excellent coaches; we had none. Their grasp of the English language also greatly improved as they used words far beyond our level at the time. I visited a residential school in 1974 and, as some students played a game of hockey against the teachers on the outdoor rink, I marvelled at their sports storage room filled with brand-new skates and other hockey equipment. Many of the teachers and staff were First Nations people from many reserves. We must never forget the excellent staff, both aboriginal and others, who were there for all the right reasons and who have now been tarnished by all the negative stories.
I also recall the opening stages of the lawsuit against the Federal Government for compensation to former residential school students. I was working and living on my reserve and witnessed the chief arrive from Winnipeg with a group of lawyers and their staff; we knew something big was in the air.
These lawyers went house to house seeking former residential school students, encouraging them to sign up for the class action suit. By now everyone was starting to smell the money — and it was promising to be huge. The lawyers stood to earn thousands of dollars for each student signed up. The government announced that the legal fees could top $1 billion. CBC news reported, on Feb. 23, 2004, that the government had spent more on lawyers than on former residential school students who suffered physical and sexual abuse. The government reported they had already spent $200-million, mostly to lawyers, while only a fraction of that — $38-million — had gone to former students.
By some accounts we have not yet squeezed the last dollar out of the government, so expect the propaganda machine to keep on rolling — but be very careful about recognizing who may be guiding this propaganda machine to their own ends.

Don Sandberg is a band member of the Norway House Cree First Nation and the aboriginal policy fellow at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. www.fcpp.org.
commented 2018-10-03 09:53:18 -0400
Instead of focusing on the horrors of the residential schools, which should be debated, because not everyone thought they were horrible. These schools prepared many natives to lead productive and happy lives, which is what schools are for, in my opinion. School’s most certainly do not, and can not be allowed to replace a child’s family. They should be focusing on the horrors taking place in our current public school indoctrination system. They are attacking the proper education of our children, by not allowing both sides of arguments to be heard, and the truth ultimately determined by the child. They are using the residential school system as a stick. Our current public school system is an assault on the individual. And like Hitler they believe that the state owns our children, body, soul and mind. They must not win or the future will be very grim for the coming generations. The unions need to be removed from all schools, and parents need to be more involved.
commented 2018-10-03 02:28:21 -0400
I think the question of what are the positive aspects of the residential schools should asked and asked loudly and repetitively.
I worked with two native fellows in a logging camp on the West Coast for five years. We had many talks about residential schools. Both of these guys were Nisgaa band members and as children were sent to a residential school near Edmonton. I asked if they had any regrets and they both replied " Hell No !" If it wasn’t for the residential school, they would never had had the chance to train as diesel mechanics. The only thing they remembered as being a negative was the time away from their families, but beyond that there was no abuse they could remember.
For that reason I refuse to believe there was no positive aspects of the residential schools.
commented 2018-10-03 00:34:29 -0400
LIZA ROSIE commented 40 mins ago
I Alternative schools are our only hope.
Which is why Leftists want to shut them down.
commented 2018-10-02 23:53:05 -0400
I just guess they are threatened. Webber Academy makes public schools look like what they are, dreary, indoctrination centers that turn out people unable to form an intelligent opinion without group think. Schools like Webber Academy must to be protected from the leftist bullies. Alternative schools are our only hope.
Bullies the bunch of them. God forbid we bring up children who can think for themselves.
commented 2018-10-02 21:00:10 -0400
Very sad for anyone who was made to go to a residential school, but this should not prevent anyone from asking simple questions. The issue is just a smokescreen. I think Keean Bexte is correct in surmising that the goal of the socialists trying to take down Webber Academy, is simply to take down Webber Academy. It’s a gem (a trophy if won). If they’re successful, we can kiss all others good-bye. Socialists need a constant supply of new children to indoctrinate. It’s easier to indoctrinate than to try to sway those who have not been programmed. We should look forward with horror, as more parents opt out of the public school system, to government’s demonization and eventual prohibition of any educational option other than a state option. Free analytical thinking is never allowed under socialism.
commented 2018-10-02 19:41:04 -0400
As a former student of a residential school for deaf and blind students, there were a few benefits I gained. I got to visit places, like one of Canada’s destroyers, which I’d have never seen otherwise. Of course most of what I experienced was isolation and uncaring supervisors. The food was terrible too. And I felt astranged from my family afterward. Of course nobody cares about us, especially the social justice crowd.
commented 2018-10-02 19:07:06 -0400
I remember talking to a lady who had attended a residential school for a few years, and her comment was that it was the best time of her life, that they were treated there far better than they were treated at home.

No doubt there were abuses at some of the schools and students were not treated well, but that does not mean that all residential schools were evil. They were instituted for good reasons and were the best solution at the time.

When I was a young lad in England, there were many boarding schools, the majority were well run, but there were abuses at some. That doesn’t mean all boarding (residential) schools are bad.