No Blessings For Them

Blessed be the child stolen…..
blessed be the child beaten…..
blessed be the child raped…..
blessed be the child murdered…..
muttered prayers
words spoken
revoked
said you did
true thoughts
yours alone
or
symbolic of further hatred…..
966 bodies found.
In total in the last month on two separate residential school grounds.
In two separate provinces.
And this is the beginning.
Children.
I cannot even fathom how depraved and indifferent a person has to be to perpetrate crimes on this scale never mind that this was condoned.
By organized religion.
The catholic faith is not the only one  to be running those schools protestants did too; we just are not hearing from that circle quite yet.
Seems to me an inordinate amount of pedophiles and abusers found their way into the priest and nun life.
I realize as I am writing that I have yet to provide a description of Residential Schools.
Residential schools were government-sponsored religious schools that were established to assimilate Indigenous children into Euro-Canadian culture. Although the first residential facilities were established in New France, the term usually refers to schools established after 1880. Residential schools were created by Christian churches and the Canadian government as an attempt to both educate and convert Indigenous youth and to assimilate them into Canadian society.
New France=Quebec
They were to convert and assimilate Indigenous youth.
Assimilate?
At first I was a little confused because truthfully the Indigenous were not the ones who should have been converting and assimilating; they were here first.
Europeans came second.
They should have been the one to make the changes.
But those men had one thing going for them in their superiority; they were white and had god on their side.
A little like slave owners who used the bible to justify their right to own human beings.
Cultural assimilation is what they were going for.
Cultural assimilation is the process by which a person or a group’s language and/or culture come to resemble those of another group.  Full assimilation occurs when new members of a society become indistinguishable from members of the other group.
There is a horror building that this country is going to have to account for.
We are going to have to sit and hear.
Not listen.
Actually hear what is being said.
We are going to have to face the atrocities.
We are going to have to take responsibility.
We are going to have to move forward stronger and together as one to grow and heal.
We are going to have to acknowledge and celebrate the Indigenous cultures in all their glory.
It is time for those Canadians who say this is not our problem not our time to sit down and shut up.
Listen.
Learn.
Be a part of the solution and not the problem.
©June 25/21
Picture is my own

Author: Jay-lyn Doerksen

A single hard working mom of a soon to be teenage son. A poet and story teller I have wanted to write since I was a child. This space is where I share stories about myself and my life and the creative poetry that stirs my soul. My hope is you will pull up a chair and a cup of coffee delving into the world that I offer and you find simple enjoyment for a few moments. Welcome to The Wonderful & Wacky World of One Single Mom

5 thoughts on “No Blessings For Them”

    1. It is appalling and the time has come to remove our collective heads from the stand and bear responsibility for the atrocities we have continued to allow. I cry every time I read another article. My heart breaks for every family who never knew what happened to their loved ones.

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