Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Letter of the Day

History makes it clear

  • Print
First Nations protesters join hands during a demonstration near Surrey, B.C., last January.

CP Enlarge Image

First Nations protesters join hands during a demonstration near Surrey, B.C., last January.

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.

DIANA FRANTZ

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 1, 2013 A12

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Your top TV picks for this week - December 8-12

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Susan and Gary Harrisonwalk their dog Emma on a peaceful foggy morning in Assiniboine Park – Standup photo– November 27, 2011   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • MIKE APORIUS/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS STANDUP - pretty sunflower in field off HWY 206 near Bird's Hill Park Thursday August 09/2007

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Would you partake in tap rooms at local breweries?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google