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A staggering number of Indigenous Canadians are in jail – Calgary’s Business
by ahnationtalk onJuly 9, 201852 Views
July 8, 2018
Canadian governments continue to allow the operation of a justice system constructed on a foundation of systemic racism
The ’60s Scoop never ended – only the destination changed. Instead of sending Indigenous children to white families, the government has sent a generation of Indigenous children to jail. It must end.
Not long ago, First Nations people ‘caught’ leaving their reserve would be arrested and thrown in jail. Even more recently, Indigenous children were stolen from their parents by the Canadian government, to attend residential schools, in what has been described as cultural genocide.
A justice system that targets Indigenous peoples with impunity is nothing new in Canada. But for many Canadians, this is just history, contrasted with a supposedly more enlightened present.