Assimilation Process; kidnap the children, remove the "Indian"....

Sharon Lewis
Posted April 30, 2019 from Canada
Before & After
Before & After: The Assimilation Act disrupted language, culture, and family. (1/4)

This is a manual cover page from the Government and Church in 1916 on how to kidnap Indigenous children from their parents by removing their culture, language, and identity and assimilating them into the dominant culture. "The great aim of our legislation has been to do away with the tribal system and assimilate the Indian people in all respects with the other inhabitants of the Dominion as speedily as they are fit to change.” 1887 - John A McDonald. Architect of the Indian Act. 

 

We need your support to put Longhouse Word of Law in writing, and put forth the laws of the land, before it all changed from the Euro-Colonisation that tore our families apart, and policies in which First Nations Peoples continue to live with or become faced with under Policy and Laws; family courts do not recognise native family laws today. The negative impact is huge across Native Nations today! 

Let us claw back to move forward and change the laws that exist today! The only way to do that, is providing strong research and create laws to protect the Rights of Indigenous Children. The Indigenous Human Rights Commission is flawed and doesn't protect the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of Canada. We seek to change laws from inside out! Your help is needed! Please support, care and donate.

https://www.gofundme.com/our-children-our-future-our-laws

 

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Jill Langhus
May 01
May 01

Hi Sharon,

How are you doing? Thanks for sharing your informative photos and post. I had no idea:-( How sad! I wish you continued success on your initiative, dear.

Kaity Van Riper
May 01
May 01

Wow. Thank you for sharing . I appreciate you bringing awareness. This is so awful.

Hello, Sharon,

It's sad that native families are not recognized. I hope you get the funding you wish to raise to help uphold the rights of Indigenous Peoples of Canada. Thank you for sharing this.

Anne Dupont
May 03
May 03

Dear Sharon—these practices are an abomination. I spent some of my formative years in Arizona, where Native American children were routinely taken from their families and boarded at an Indian School right next to my high school. I got to know some of these children as families I knew “fostered” these students, whose native american families would come and visit them once a month. Each visit felt permeated by sorrow and of many things left unsaid. Thank you for making us aware of this and for protecting the rights of indigenous people. Warmly, Anne

Beth Lacey
May 03
May 03

Good luck

Kirthi
May 04
May 04

This is a very informative and important post. Thank you very much for sharing.

Sharon Lewis
May 05
May 05

Problems faced; policies developed today are a continuum of the Indian Act policies. We are trying to remove those policies and develop our own cultural family and cultural societal policies. It appears our educated natives, continue to move or lean toward the old colonial acts and policies that exist without a fight for the sake of a pay cheque and funding. We need your support, I need funding. Thank you everyone for reading, caring and kind words. Its been a long 30 years of advocating for change, on a personal level and a very hard lonely road. I am the product of residential school, with a lot of education; colonial perceptions in Child & Family Services and Education maintains a strong hold on Native Peoples today. Many of our children suffer in foster care, many commit suicide after ageing out of foster care; many go to jail. Research is important and healing lodges. We are the largest reserve in Canada, with lack of proper health care needs, no healing lodge, and word of law is not yet written; which I would like to perform. But, alas, our bands continue to move toward old colonial ways in order to gain funding.

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Olutosin
May 06
May 06

Thanks for sharing with us. This is horrible. I wish you all the best in your work.

Sharon Lewis
May 06
May 06

Thank you, I appreciate your kind words.

Tamarack Verrall
May 07
May 07

Dear Sharon,
Your work is so critically important, as you continue to bring forward little known information. Many have no idea of the horrendous treatment of Indigenous peoples here in Canada, nor about the foot dragging and promise breaking of even the current Government who promised action on the 94 calls to action on Truth and Reconciliation. Some important documentation that will help others know, are films by Abenaki filmmaker, Alanis Obomsawin: "Trick or Treaty" and "We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice". I learned a lot when we had the chance to meet on your home territory, and I hold your work in my heart.
With love in sisterhood,
Tam

Seka
May 09
May 09

Courage and good luck in your work dear!

Sharon Lewis
Jun 01
Jun 01

thank you, we need your support, we are so close to losing everything....