Orange Shirt Day

It’s Orange Shirt Day in Canada, when we remember the Indigenous children who were sent to residential schools.

For followers of this website unfamiliar with the subject or its details: Starting in the 1880’s, the government of Canada forcibly separated Indigenous children from their families, and sent them away to schools. There they were banned from speaking their native languages, or learning about their culture. The children suffered privation, as well as physical, psychological, and sexual abuse. At least 6,000 children died in these facilities, putting the odds of surviving the schools at the same rate as the odds of a Canadian soldier surviving WWII. The last of these schools was closed in 1996.

There remains an enormous amount to be done to heal from the wrongs committed against the Native peoples of Canada, which are ongoing. As a satire page, we believe that humour, juxtaposition, and sharp barbs, are a common language. With that in mind, you can do no better than to support and follow Walking Eagle News and The Feather. Two great sources of satire in general, and the Indigenous perspective in the specific.

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  1. As I’m sure you know, the U.S. has a shameful history of doing the same thing — removing Native American children from their families and sending them to boarding schools that amounted to reeducation camps, where they were vulnerable to abuse and disease and certainly subjected to efforts to obliterate their culture. And that doesn’t even address the initial trauma of separation in the first place. Thank you for bringing attention to this. It’s a sad omission that the U.S. doesn’t have an Orange Shirt Day equivalent — if one exists, I sure don’t know about it.

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