"To cut the roots — to change culture — a long march through the institutions is necessary.
Only then will power fall into our laps like a ripened fruit.
Antonia Gramsci

the unfortunate fact is, my family and culture has been devastated by institutionalized sexual abuse on an epic scale.
the residential school scandal has deeply scarred generations.

the disclosure of this has traumatized the good people of the non-native community.
the damage ripples on.
currently, the country i live in is undergoing enormous efforts to address that ugly chapter in our past.
we must learn to forgive and live together to build a better future for our children's children.
revenge and resentment are not a viable option
reconciliation and restitution are the way forward.

Indian Residential School Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
The TRC is a component of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.
Its mandate is to inform all Canadians about what happened in Indian Residential Schools (IRS).
The Commission will document the truth of survivors, families, communities and anyone personally affected by the IRS experience.
This includes First Nations, Inuit and Métis former Indian Residential School students, their families, communities, the Churches, former school employees, Government and other Canadians.
The Commission has a five-year mandate and is supported by a TRC Secretariat, which is a federal government department.


Hidden from History: The Canadian Holocaust
The Untold Story of the Genocide of Aboriginal Peoples by Church and State in Canada

over 4,000 aboriginal children died in residential schools.
sexual abuse rates were as high as 75 percent in some schools, and rates of physical harms were higher still.
this is genocide.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has established “The Missing Children Project” to assemble the names of children who died, how they died, and where they were buried.
The list of names will be contained in a registry available to the public.
“Aboriginal kids’ lives just didn’t seem as worthy as non-aboriginal kids,” Kimberly Murray, executive director of the commission, said in an interview.
Murray said the exact number of deceased children will never be known, but she hopes more information will come from churches and provincial files.
“I think we’re just scratching the surface.”


native american religion and child sexual abuse are walking hand in hand these days.

so there is a lot of spiritual healing and forgiveness going on between the first nations community and the canadian public,
which has revived some of the old rituals and beliefs.
things like sweat lodges, potlatches and powwows are regaining status and popularity.
elders are being honoured.
ancient stories are being retold.
lost languages are being learned.

my wife has been directly involved in the "Truth and Reconciliation Commission" project for the past few years.
she is still connected with her cree heritage.
i am alienated from my stó:lo roots. zero contact.

although i have done some experimenting in experiences,
my knowledge of native american religion is very general and academic.

i have been mainly interested in the pre-Columbian societies.

as mentioned above by melliferal, there are many nations in the americas,
and there are many overlapping and contrary belief systems.
for example, the aztec religion was notorious for human sacrifice,
but the hopis were renowned for their nonviolence.
some natives believed in alien gods from other stars.
some believed in spirits in the wind.
some believed the gods lived underground.
you can find anything you want.


native americans are no different than the rest of the world.
no better. no worse.
we are all different from each other individually.
we are all the same.
no two agree.

there was good and evil here long before the europeans ever arrived.
it is the human condition.