➡️Our history in Canada is horrifying, & until we acknowledge that & recognize the truth, we will continue upholding systems built on a foundation of racism, violence & harm without question.
215 Indigenous children were found buried at a Kamloops residential school site, some as young as THREE years old.
That residential school only closed in 1978. The last residential school closed in 1996. This isn't some distant history that we are talking about.
And Indigenous people continue to be oppressed in this country, the effects are very much felt in present day.
We should be collectively grieving this atrocity as a country.
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Support is available for anyone affected by the lingering effects of residential schools, and those who are triggered by the latest reports. The Indian Residential School Survivours Society (IRSSS) can be contacted toll-free at 1-800-721-0066.
Canada is a colonist nation built on the graves and oppression of Indigenous people. That legacy will continue as long as reserves don't have access to clean water. As long as Indigenous women and girls are murdered and disappear. As long as we keep teaching kids the John A MacDonald was the "founder" of this nation. As long as we ignore Indigenous voices and calls for meaningful reconciliation.
Just because Canada's racism can look different than the USA's, doesn't mean this isn't a nation founded and built on racist ideals and policies.
Canada's NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh asks the reporter, "why is this even a question?" about getting clean drinking water to First Nations reserves in Canada. He is right, if it were the suburbs somewhere, it would not be a question.
Exactly what I was saying the other day that got me suspended from Fakebook again! Think they'd apologize? Nah, they'd suspend me again. ** Experts say influenza fell sharply during pandemic due to COVID, 69 cases recorded nationwide
I’ve yet to see the situation going on in Canada cross my dash on here. I’ve been reading up on things, forever on the journey of education, but thought I would share the story here. It is important to spread these situations and help in the education process. Please share. Many people think Canada is better than the US, however, we’re just better at masking it. SO I ask everyone to read this thread of information and share it.
With the federal government set to cancel a plethora of COVID-19 support programs on Saturday, business owners and employees say they’re worried over how they’re going to survive.
Programs like the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) and the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) are set to be replaced with new measures in their place.
Though Canada’s devastated tourism and service industry, still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, continues to recover, business owners and employees say that those lifelines are the only things keeping them afloat.
David Macdonald, a senior economist for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, wrote that as many 1.5 million people could be directly impacted by the replacement of those programs — most of whom won’t have another source of income or support.
Of that number, about 900,000 workers would lose support from the CRB’s eligibility and income cut, while over 640,000 workers could see their jobs in jeopardy over the CERS and CEWS cuts.
“The real elephant in the room is CRB support for self-employed workers,” said Macdonald. “While several of the other programs have seen significant decline in take-up recently, the CRB has not.”
Those interested in the CRB’s replacement, the CWLB, would only be eligible for it once a province or city imposes a COVID-19 lockdown, Macdonald wrote.
“At this point, there doesn’t seem to be any place in Canada under lockdown and so there would be no one eligible for the CWLB at the time of writing.”
New legislation tabled by the BC NDP last week would introduce fees for freedom of information requests, but don’t expect better service for the added expense.
Andrew Gage, a lawyer with West Coast Environmental Law, said charging an application fee, along with other changes the government is proposing, won’t fix the big problems with British Columbia’s system for getting access to government documents.
Often it can take years to obtain records that, under the province’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, should be released within months, said Gage, who makes a few FOI requests each year.
Delays are common because the system is under-resourced, he said.
“The level of government funding has not matched the number of requests. That’s the problem they’re dealing with.” The government processes about 10,000 FOI requests a year.
And while the bill introduced last week adds penalties for some offences, there remains no penalty for public bodies that miss the legislated deadlines to provide requested information, Gage said.
From Abbotsford to Yoho National Park, a heat wave shattered temperature records in British Columbia on Saturday — and meteorologists expect the weather to get even hotter over the next couple of days.
The Village of Lytton was the hottest place in the country Saturday, with a record-breaking 43.2 C according to Environment Canada. The previous record there was set in 2006, at 39.9 C.
Other notable highs include the Fraser Valley, which broke 40 C at Cultus Lake for the first time yesterday.
In the Cache Creek area, temperatures soared to 42.5 C, and Lillooet set a new record at 43.1 C. Temperatures in the Pemberton Valley are so high an evacuation order has been issued because of rising river levels caused by snowmelt.
Seth Cardinal Dodginghorse from the Tsuut’ina First Nation cuts off his braided hair in response to Calgary’s Ring Road being built which has required his home be destroyed (the home has been in the family for 5 generations).
The Prime Minister’s Office declined to clarify remarks by Justin Trudeau equating unnamed left-wing “extremist groups” with white supremacist groups and suggesting both sides are spreading “hatred, fear and mistrust” in Canada and other democratic societies around the world.
Delivering a speech this week to an international conference in Malmö, Sweden on combatting anti-Semitism and racism, Canada’s Prime Minister turned his attention to the role of technology and social media in “enabling harmful content like hate speech.”
“We’re in a time right now where around the world we see an increase of polarization, of extremism, of radicalization everywhere, including in some of the most open, liberal democracies in the world,” Trudeau told the conference.
“In our elections, in our public discourse and in mainstream communications — let alone social media — we’re seeing a rise in intolerance.”
Trudeau then offered an unusual explanation for the source of “white supremacy” and “hatred” on social media platforms, suggesting these ideas are in fact being pushed by “extremist groups on the far-right and the far-left”:
“We see the organizations of extremist groups on the far-right and the far-left that are pushing white supremacy, intolerance, radicalization, promoting hatred, fear and mistrust across borders but within borders, as well.”
Jared Lowndes of the Wet'suwet'en was murdered by RCMP and the town of Campbell River B.C. threw a funeral procession for the police dog they used. The memorial to him was torn down, the family are facing torrents of racist abuse both in Campbell River and online. For days the news was all about the police dog and never caring that a man was murdered.
Initially all media coverage exclusively focused on the police dog who died in the altercation. However the family and friends of Jared Lowndes have fought for their side of the story to be told.
This CHEK article includes an Interview
“I’m pretty sure everyone has heard about the dog being stabbed at Tim Hortons. My cousin Phoenix, Marienna Hackkett’s granddaughter lost her father that day. He loved Phoenix and Patience so very much. He lived up here for a time, he stayed with family up here and he grew up with Lee Hackett, Sean Wilson n AJ Blaney. He was a part of our community, and he fought for our community.
On Thursday morning, he was boxed in at the Tim Hortons drive through in Willow Point. The cops rammed his car on both the front and the back. He was trapped in his car with the passenger door the only way out. RCMP officers ordered him to come out with his hands up. They sicced a police dog, trained to kill, to attack him. That dog jumped in the car window, attacking him and his large puppy, who wasn’t even a year old yet. He saved his dog at the cost of his own life. When he stabbed the police dog to death, several police officers opened fire on him, shooting him in the face.
Yesterday evening we made a memorial or vigil for him and put up a shrine. I’m putting up some of the pictures below. The racist and hateful people tore down our shrine. I’m not asking for you to msg me. I’m busy grieving. And I’m not asking for likes or comments. I’m asking for help and support. We have the right to grieve and to have that shrine up as part of our healing process. I feel unsafe going to Timmy’s to mourn by myself, and to put up the shrine again. The racists cannot win! I will be going down at 8pm. I’ll be bringing my drum to sing and pray. The more people the better. I want to show Campbell River that he needs his dignity back and those that knew him deserve to mourn. I want Campbell River to know that Indigenous lives matter!”
A week before he was murdered he had created this video and shared it on social media. It is his life story.
Please share this story. Please share Jared’s story. Do not let the RCMP lies and justifications win. This man was not evil, he was a victim of RCMP brutality and violence. They choose to send a dog in and choose to shot him three times when he was boxed in and trapped. #justieforjared #jaredslifematters #jared lowndes. #FNLM #indigenouslivesmatter
They murdered a man, tore down his memorial, harassed his family and threw a public funeral for the dog.
Family livestream - https://www.facebook.com/kodama.spirit.12/posts/567312224438148
Mycampbellriver article - https://www.mycampbellrivernow.com/57836/family-say-there-was-no-need-for-police-to-shoot-jared-lowndes/
CBC article - https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-mother-wetsuweten-man-shot-by-police-1.6098800
APTN National News article - https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/police-watchdog-investigating-after-b-c-rcmp-shoot-kill-wetsuweten-man-in-campbell-river/
stream of the protest outside RCMP station - https://www.facebook.com/kodama.spirit.12/videos/812349462809866/