April 27, 2015
Mohawk Institute residential School's Troubled Past In Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Today #NativeAmericans continue to struggle to receive the acceptance and respect so many of us take for granted in our daily lives. Why just in recent news a dozen Native American actors walked off the set of #TheRidiculousSix an #AdamSandler 's latest film for #Netflix. They claim the movie is offensive to women, children, and their Native American culture. In response Goldie Tom, a producer of the film stated, "if you are overly sensitive about it...you should probably leave."
Are we as a society capable of walking the walk or are we just talk?
The #MohawkInstituteResidentialSchool which is now the location of the #WoodlandCulturalCentre in #Brantford, #Ontario, #Canada was just one of several schools in the Indian Residential School System. These schools were formed, "To kill the Indian the child," Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper stated.http://www.woodland-centre.on.ca/
Native American children were forcibly removed from there homes and communities to be underfed, under clothed, and abused in every possible. Many of these children never returned home and the survivors were left to battle the tormenting and everlasting nightmare they once called home.http://www.woodland-centre.on.ca/
Not only were individuals damaged but the Native American community, language, culture, and history all suffered at the hands of the Canadian government. #Traditional practices were deemed to be inadequate and were in fact prohibited in the Indian Residential School System. Many f these practices are and were passed down from generation to generation and not taught in school rooms. So without access between generations traditions soon became forgotten
#StephenHarper and the #Canadian government have admitted there fault but these are just words all be them touching and long overdue this is only the first step in the long road to #equality.