Name the perpetrators of Residential School genocide

Here is a G and M letter to the Editor that I think merits wider viewing:

Right relations

Re Truth And Reconciliation (Folio, Dec. 16): “Systems,” “governments” and “churches” are collectively blamed for the abuses cited in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report, but these acts were zealously carried out by real people, men and women, some of whom still live among us.

Who were these cruel angels of God, these unnamed people who tore five-year-olds from their parents’ homes, often never to be seen again? What consequences have the telling of these truths had on their lives?

Society pursues 93-year-old Nazi prison guards because we rightly don’t accept that they were just doing their jobs; why are these perpetrators, past and present, at the very least not named? Would it make too many “old stock Canadians” uncomfortable? Would too many venerable institutions and congregations have to take a closer look at their honorary plaques and statues?

Let’s show even a fraction of the courage and integrity that the residential school survivors showed here, and get all the stories out, the victims’ and the victimizers’.

Without the full truth, is reconciliation really possible?

Christine Reissmann, Ottawa

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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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