Canada’s prisons are the ‘new residential schools’
February 20, 2016 9:36 AM   Subscribe

Wow. 52 year old Canadian and I'd never heard of pass laws. Would make a great Heritage Moment.
posted by bonobothegreat at 9:43 AM on February 20, 2016

Great post - will take a while to get through, but: "Free Andy Peekeekoot" should already be a familiar phrase (it isn't).
posted by not_that_epiphanius at 10:00 AM on February 20, 2016 [2 favorites]

Robert-Falcon Ouellette responds: Lady Injustice is blind to the suffering of her fellow citizens
posted by mikek at 10:14 AM on February 20, 2016 [2 favorites]

Whoa, Canada had an internal passport system too? It's not even listed in the Wikipedia article.
posted by XMLicious at 10:22 AM on February 20, 2016 [1 favorite]

Yeah, South Africa actually got the idea from us.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 12:25 PM on February 20, 2016 [3 favorites]

Our treatment of the first nations is something all Canadians need to be ashamed of. It's horrific.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 9:32 PM on February 20, 2016 [1 favorite]

And the federal government has deliberately destroyed records relating to residential schools, too.
posted by zadcat at 9:59 PM on February 20, 2016 [1 favorite]

I was up for a job with Corrections last year, made it to the interview before being (Thankfully!) dropped. One of the weirdest parts of the interview - and the whole thing was pretty weird and depressing - was when they asked about my familiarity with indigenous culture, and it basically turned into Apu's oral test for his citizenship.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:38 PM on February 20, 2016

Deutsche Welle's radio programme WorldLink on Saturday (begins around 16:55) broadcast an interview with Nikki Fraser, "an activist who having lost her cousin and aunt is campaigning for Canada’s missing indigenous women," who subsequent to being interviewed by DW herself interviewed Justin Trudeau at the end of January.
posted by XMLicious at 5:01 AM on February 22, 2016

In other indigenous rights news:
Honduran Indigenous Leader Berta Cáceres Assassinated
posted by XMLicious at 11:29 PM on March 3, 2016

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