Will the truth be allowed to come out during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission? So far it is not looking good.
"It is readily acknowledged that Indian children by habituating so closely in the residential schools, die at a much higher rate than in their villages.
"But this alone does not justify a change in the policy of this Department, which is geared towards the final solution of our Indian Problem."
*(DIA Superintendent D.C. Scott to BC Indian Agent-General Major D. McKay, April 12, 1910).
Monday, November 03, 2008
The 'enrolment' game ... Someone is lying! The federal government says about 100,000 to 150,000 students were enrolled in Canada's 'Indian' Residential Schools in total, over the entire 100 years. The Anglican Church says 75,000 to 100,000 in its schools alone, accounting for only 26 of the 80 schools. (It does not appear that the Catholic and United churches have provided their enrolment numbers.) Records in the National Archives indicate death rates of 50% and up. Conservatively, 50,000 children died in the schools. 80,000 survivors are still alive today. Were there really only 50,000 to 75,000 students in the remaining 54 United and Roman Catholic schools? I think not. If all residential schools were populated at the same rate as the Anglican ones, taking 75,000 as their estimate, then there would have been over 230,000 students in total, not 100,000 to 150,000 as claimed by the federal government (INAC). Someone is lying and it appears to be the federal government. Why? Because if the total enrolment was 230,000 or more, and the death rate was 50% or more, then well over 100,000 children died in Canada's 'Indian' Residential Schools. That's hard to explain when you claim to have had altruistic but misguided purposes.
Could it be the purposes of Canada's 'Indian' Residential Schools were neither altruistic nor 'misguided'?
Could it be that the high death rate of children in the schools was the purpose?
Certainly Duncan Campbell Scott, Superintendent of Indian Affairs at the time, thought the high death rates were right on target: