A lot has been written about the theft of Indigenous children and the role child/social services has played in it. I doubt the full impact of this and the legacy it has left can ever be told, and yet they are undeniable.
It is, and has been, a policy reflective of a government whose historical agenda has been absorbing the nations and eradicating all cultural remnants- a preceived solution to the “Indian Problem”, and the removal of every artifact that either in silence, or by the mere act of existence, bares testimony to the slaughter of untold men, women, and children.
Caught in a dystopian society whose pronounced characteristic has been to dominate, the people remain-adoptees, and those who experienced the boarding schools survive to find their cultural heritage and stand in the public docket to accuse and testify.
It would be a good thing for all to read a book entitled One Small Sacrifice: Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects by Indigenous author/journalist Trace A. DeMeyer, and remember a child is a child, that neither ethnicity or social standing alter that-what a nation does or allows to happen to so much as a one of them is both a wound and responsibility to be borne by all who merely shake their head and do nothing.
It is a mystery to me that a nation who stands on a global podium, goes to war, provides untold billions in aid and relief as a “humanitarian” effort will within it’s own boundaries fail to proactively address it’s own failures, and in doing so perpetuate them.
Inept or disinterested governmental policies have failed and will continue to fail, politically
motivated apologies, half hearted dysfunctional legislation, and bureaucratically layered programs are known for what they are. What is necessary is a national awareness and commitment that will not be placated by politicians who do what they do best-talk and lie.
Look at a a child, any child, your child, and ask yourself if you would find it acceptable for them to endure what the children of the nations have and do.