Letter: A shameful legacy that will not vanish

Editor:

Every human being is born into a society and from his earliest years is molded by that society.

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For the First Nations people, education was a life-long process passed on by the family, community and nation.

Through the process of hearing and observing, native children were taught life skills necessary for survival. Native children were taught that in the circle of life, all things are interconnected.

Self, in native culture, lives in harmony with nature. This was lost due to residential schools.

Once education was turned over to religious institutions, education to enlighten in the integrated spirit was lost and schooling gradually changed to an agenda to assimilate the First Nation people.

Residential and boarding schools were established with a deliberate objective to eradicate Aboriginal culture through isolation, abuse and humiliation.

When religion can convince people that salt water and fresh water cannot mix, people can be convinced killing children is an educating process.

Nothing we do will make this shameful legacy go away. This blot on humanity will be associated with Kamloops into perpetuity.

Like current reporting on world issues, the First Nations prospective on the residential schools was never validated by the media and historical writings.

The death of thousands of native children validates the history of cultural conflict and land claims issues of today.

Charges of abuse and alienation under forced assimilation of the residential school system has shamefully fallen on deaf ears of the hierarchy at the Vatican.

Walter Trkla

Kamloops

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