Thursday, October 4, 2012

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Episode date 3 October 2012
Interviews and reports
Learning the dark story of residential schools
(CBC)
For almost 100 years in Canada, very young aboriginal children were taken from their families and sent away to school.  The schools, usually run by churches on behalf of the federal government, were often hundreds of kilometers away. The children were usually gone for long periods of time, sometimes for year,.now seen as a system of forced assimilation.

While at school, they were typically prevented for speaking native tongues.  They are also many tales of physical, sexual, and psychological abuse.

The children often returned to their communities as strangers, unable to even communicate with their parents and relatives.  The situation created deep-seated scars

Now the governments of Nunavut and the North-West Territories (NWT) have combined to produce a high-school course for teen-age students in the territories to learn about this period in their, and Canada’s, history.

John Stewart helped develop the course.  He is the curriculum coordinator for social studies and northern studies with the NWT Department of Education, Culture and Employment.

RCI”s Marc Montgomery contacted him at his office in Yellowknife
Vigils across Canada for hundreds of murdered and disappeared Aboriginal women and girls
For the seventh year in a row the Sisters In Spirit Vigil will honour hundreds of murdered and missing Aboriginal women and girls on October 4.

Organized by the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) the vigils include rallies, workshops, moments of silence, gatherings and the sharing of meals and memories.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to the Association's President Michèle Audette about the vigils and about the increasing willingness of people within the indigenous community to raise the issue and push for change.
“Seismic shifts shaking Canadian youth” report finds
(Issac Weber)
Canadian youth are facing crippling debt and high unemployment according to a report by the Community Foundations of Canada. Young people now face a future that is much more uncertain than their parents did. The straight line from home to school to career and family is no more and this report calls it a “seismic shift” that people need to understand. RCI’s Lynn Desjardins has more.
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Wildfires ravage southern Manitoba
(Meaghan Ketcheson/CBC)
Communities in this western part of Canada are assessing the damage after grass fires raged through. 350 people evacuated the town of Vita as the blaze destroyed four homes and a bridge. Smoke pouring across a highway prevented drivers from seeing that the bridge was out.[...]
Agency that advised government on poverty, abolished in federal budget cuts
Canada’s National Council of Welfare (NCW) and its website have been abolished as a result of this year’s federal budget cuts. The website no longer responds, although an archive can be accessed here. [...]
International Blasphemy Day
(CBC)
Holy **** did we miss blasphemy day? Actually not quite -that- kind of blasphemy, September 30th was the 4th annual International Blasphemy Rights Day. [...]
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