Re: Separate system unacceptable (Letters, May 30). Bradley Walker should read up on his history before criticizing a system that aboriginals need. It's obvious the system we have in place now is not working. Never has. But we still use it.
Please, Mr. Walker, tell me where the Charter of Rights and Freedoms was in the 1840s when the first residential school was opened to assimilate aboriginals. Where was it in 1857 when a male aboriginal would lose his First Nations rights if he learned how to read and write English, and in 1872 when Indians were declared "non-persons"?
Or in 1894 when powwows were banned, or in 1927, when aboriginals were sterilized and forbidden from forming political organizations?
It was not until the late 1950s that aboriginals could vote. In the '60s, native children were taken away to get the "Indian" out of them. Aboriginals were jailed if they were caught in Winnipeg without their treaty card.
Remember, the last residential school did not close until 1996. All of these things were done to them, yet we wonder why they are in jail. A separate justice based on race, you say? Seems to me it only applied to one race back then.