Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo attempting to equate the past residential schools to systematic genocide is sickening rhetoric for which he should be ashamed:
“I, along with so many of our people, feel if you consider what the term genocide means. It references to the killing of people. Our people died in residential schools…the residential school was cultural genocide; the attempt to, over the course of history, to kill the Indian in the child. And that has been the experience of our people.” (see video here)
Whenever politicians like Atleo hijack words such as genocide to suit their purpose, it lessens the real and true atrocities.
Also: See earlier post on Atleo inserting himself in last year’s federal election here