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Remembering the Children Who Never Came Home

Fri, June 04, 2021   |   Author: Rod Taylor   |   | Share: Gab | Facebook | Twitter   

This week, Canada has been moved and shaken by the discovery of the bodies of 215 indigenous children buried on the grounds of a former residential school located in Kamloops, B.C. At this point, much is unknown: the names, the ages, the causes of death. What is known is that 215 children who had been taken from their families were buried far from their homes and relatives.

There is widespread speculation that there may be thousands more buried in unmarked graves across the country at other former residential school locations. There will no doubt be ongoing investigations to uncover more of the truth about this shameful chapter in Canada’s history. The nation is in mourning. Flags are at half-mast. Canadians are wrestling with the incomprehensible implications of this horrific discovery. How could this have happened? How could it have been covered up for this long? How can we ever find healing when the old, festering wounds keep re-opening?

The extent of the abuse may never be known, but this excerpt from the Indigenous Foundation gives us some idea: “Abuse at the schools was widespread . . . physical abuse was [meted] out as punishment, and sexual abuse was also common. Survivors recall being beaten and strapped; some students were shackled to their beds; some had needles shoved in their tongues for speaking their native languages. These abuses, along with overcrowding, poor sanitation, and severely inadequate food and health care, resulted in a shockingly high death toll. In 1907, government medical inspector P.H. Bryce reported that 24 percent of previously healthy Indigenous children across Canada were dying in residential schools.”

The abuses so many experienced in the residential schools are nearly unbelievable today, but we in the CHP have always said that the very first and most basic violation of humanity was the forcible removal of children from their homes and from the direct care of their parents. That was already a violation of human rights and dignity. When a government presumes to care more for children than their own parents do . . . or thinks that that it can do a better job of raising and nurturing children than their own parents can, it results in tragedy.

Unfortunately, we see that twisted logic at work even today. Even while flags are at half-mast and politicians are promising to uncover all the graves of indigenous children who disappeared during the era of residential schools, those same politicians are imposing their arrogant will on children and parents in the “non-residential” public school systems. Thousands of Canadian schoolchildren are figuratively being taken from their homes every day and many of them will never “come home,” to the cultural and philosophical worldview of their parents. In fact, in many places, students are being indoctrinated against the cultural values of their parents in areas of sexuality and life values. The right of parents to direct the teaching of their own children is being undermined. Parents who object to the imposed cultural values are isolated, bullied and shamed and even jailed. Governments find it easy to apologize for the sins of the past, but it is equally important for them to acknowledge the damage being done today—to families, and children—through their usurping of parental authority and their forcing of immoral, secular values on children of all races.

In some public schools in Canada, a girl can arrange an abortion without her parents’ knowledge or consent. The body of her aborted baby will never be discovered in a mass burial site because it will simply have been disposed-of as waste. Her own parents may never be told of their loss or of their daughter’s trauma.

Other children are influenced by heavily-sexualized content in their curriculum, and some respond by questioning their own identity or experimenting in alternate lifestyle choices, sometimes with tragic effects. Parents who object are bullied and shamed. In the age of COVID, many students are now being pressured by school authorities to be vaccinated without parental consent. Nobody knows the consequences that may follow, but it’s one more example of the government violating the rights of parents to make health decisions for their minor children. If some children die as a result or suffer other life changing adverse effects, who will take responsibility?

We in the Christian Heritage Party join with millions of other Canadians of all ethnic backgrounds, but especially our indigenous brothers and sisters, in mourning for the tragic loss of young lives—and the arrogance and complacency of government officials who allowed this to happen on their watch. We support the efforts to uncover the rest of the evidence and to seek national healing. We also call for a thorough examination of the many ways in which bureaucrats and politicians are still imposing their will on children and parents. This is a time for repentance, not only for the sins of the past but the sins of the present.

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