Truth and Reconciliation findings an exercize in responsibility deflection

The Truth and Reconciliation findings are to be released soon. As much as I appreciate all the hard and painful work that went into its compilation I have little faith that anything substantial will come of it. There will be the usual mea culpas and politician crocodile tears and high sounding speeches made for a few weeks and then it will slowly fade into the background and the report shelved in some archive. This is the Canadian way. Rather than substantive non-incremental action there will be only piecemeal responses. Canada has and will offer financial compensation that does not come close to the level of loss endured by those tortured in the RSs and to the relatives of those who were murdered there.  Genocide, not “cultural” genocide occurred in the RSs. That was the aim of the RSs coupled with starving the indigenous peoples on the prairies hunting indigenous peoples for sport and now imprisoning huge numbers of them while continuing to use child welfare as an assimilative and punitive tool. So when you hear all the settler bleating about the Truth and Reconciliation findings just remember what and exercize in responsibility deflection the whole commission has been.

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I am an anthropologist and Associate Professor who loves to play guitar and comment on social injustice in whatever form it may take
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