Clifton & Rubenstein: Debunking the half-truths and exaggerations in the Truth and Reconciliation report

National Post

As expected from the pre-release sound bites, the Final Report of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission reinforces the many half-truths, exaggerations, and selective reporting about the schools and their mission.

The most incendiary and least credible of these is the assertion by the Commission’s chair, Judge Murray Sinclair, that the 150,000 children who attended these mainly Church-run schools between 1849 and 1996 were considered “sub-human,” a claim belied by their very raison-d’être: to give aboriginal children the chance to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to fully benefit from membership in the new country of Canada.

[np_storybar title=”Atoning for ‘cultural genocide’: Truth and Reconciliation Commission lays out its blueprint” link=””]Canada should establish a national watchdog agency to ensure the country truly atones for the “cultural genocide” committed in past decades against thousands of indigenous children forced into residential schools, says the special commission looking into the brutal history of that policy.

In a devastating summary…

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