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The residential school experience left thousands of Aboriginal people with emotional and physical scars.
The statements of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission have revealed the enormous suffering inflicted upon children.
Now, according to a professor at the University of Manitoba, the residential school system can be considered an act of genocide.
Professor Christopher Powell makes the point in a new called Barbaric Civilization.
“Canadians like to think we are a moral country, that we are the good guys. A lot of Canadians recognize that the residential schools were painful, that there was abuse,” says Powell. “But there isnâ€™t still a widespread recognition that they were a part of a systematic attempt to eliminate by force Aboriginal culture.”
The 1948 United Nations Convention defines “Genocide” as:
The Convention defines genocide as any of a number of acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group:
- killing members of the group;
- causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
- deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
- imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group,
- and forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
The attempt to destroy in whole or in part, a National, ethnic or racial group.