Samira Thomas

Storryteller and Curriculum Expert

Structural Violence of Canada's Past

Facing the structural violence of our past, and recognizing the legacy it has left for us today.

"Removed from their families and home communities, seven generations of aboriginal children were denied their identity through a systematic and concerted effort to extinguish their culture, language and spirit.

It is clear that residential schools were a key component of a Canadian government policy of cultural genocide.

The legacy can be seen in the myths, misunderstandings, and lack of empathy many Canadians openly display about indigenous people, their history, and their place in society."