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The numbers keep growing’: Alberta elder speaks to Indigenous incarceration overload in Canada – CBC

by ahnationtalk on August 10, 201784 Views

Keith Chief Moon shares his experiences in working with Indigenous inmates

Aug 09, 2017

An elder from Kainai First Nations in southern Alberta is working to fix the crisis of the over-representation of Indigenous people in jail.

Keith Chief Moon said systemic discrimination and colonial government tactics are in part to blame for skyrocketing rates.

“The numbers keep growing each year; it doesn’t seem to improve,” he said.

“It all goes back to Confederation, when they adopted the policy to ‘kill the Indian in the child.’ Now, we have to assert the rights we have…. Look at the Truth and Reconciliation [Commission] recommendations — nobody’s doing anything about this.”

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