Posted by Karyn Pugliese
In honour of Aboriginal History Month, ichannel is highlighting a series of one-hour @issue specials, hosted by Karyn Pugliese, that examine social justice issues, unique challenges and success stories from Aboriginal communities across Canada. You can watch the full episodes below.
Sisters in Sprit. In Canada, more than 600 Aboriginal women have gone missing or been murdered since the 1960s — and half of those cases remain unsolved. Are Aboriginal women more vulnerable to violence? Human rights groups say yes, and add that government, law enforcement and the media are failing to protect and bring justice to these victims of violence and their families.
Part 1 – Laurie Odjick’s 16 year old daughter Maisy went missing without a trace in 2008.
Part 2 – Amnesty International Researcher/former Native Women’s Association President Bev Jacobs says aboriginal women are targeted for violence.
Part 3 – Investigative journalist Stevie Cameron says some police officers refused to investigate cases from Vancouver’s Downtown East Side and even lied to the victim’s families.
Part 4 – Journalist Adriana Rolston evaluates media coverage of missing and murdered women.
Healing the Generations. For more than a century, the Canadian government forcibly removed thousands of Aboriginal children from their families to be raised in church-run boarding schools, where many endured years of abuse. The Indian Residential School System was finally dismantled in 1996. Survivors have been compensated. But many of the 80,000 former students alive today say the trauma they suffered is now having a profound impact on their own children. As we approach June 11, the anniversary of the historic apology to Residential School Survivors, this episode looks at how a new generation of children have been affected, and how families are struggling to heal.
Part 1 – Michael Cachagee, the executive director of the National Residential School Survivor’s Society shares how his residential school experience impacted his ability to parent, and how his family has healed.
Part 2 – Phil Lane Jr of the Four Worlds Institute and Sue Cook of Family TLC tell us why families today are still affected, and how they are working to heal.
Part 3 – Cynthia Wesley-Esquinaux is adult child of two residential school survivors. She tells us how her childhood was affected, how she healed and why we should be hopeful.
Part 4 – Holocaust survivor Robbie Waisman tells us what he has found in common with Indian Residential School Survivors.
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