New support for victims of residential school abuse
THE group representing
Japanese Canadians displaced during the Second World War has thrown its support
behind the aboriginal victims of residential schools. At a meeting of an
aboriginal organization in
Miki told the Four Worlds International Institute for Human and Community Development meeting that her letter urges Coderre to give fair settlements to the thousands of aboriginals who attended the schools for decades.
Miki wrote that her association is calling for "a timely, compassionate and just resolution and support for the survivors of experiences in the Indian Residential Schools."
In an interview, Miki said the issue is similar to the 22,000 Japanese Canadians who were stripped of their rights and forcibly relocated during the Second World War. "Unlike our issue, the residential school issue hasn't been resolved," she said. The federal government funded more than 100 residential schools for aboriginal children throughout the 1900s.
Many of the children suffered sexual and physical abuse, and others said they also lost their cultural teachings and aboriginal languages.
Vaughn Marshall, an