COLLINS – Peeling the onion on indigenous children

I USED TO HAVE difficulty with the term “peeling the onion.” Maybe because my eyes tear up when I think about it. But it’s a very apropos saying when it comes to issues that have so many layers. And the deeper you dig, the tougher it becomes.

collins-colhedSuch is the case of indigenous children in care. A new report from Grand Chief Ed John makes 85 recommendations on how to change the system; a system that has been long-broken, reminiscent of a broken-down wagon sitting in a rancher’s back yard. Not worth fixing. Out of sight, out of mind.

Chief John’s report has a lot of general statements, but they should not be treated that way. What we need to do is peel off the layers of the onion to translate his general statements into some sort of context. He wants to reduce the need for indigenous kids to come into care, increase support services, try to keep families together. We have to peel deep to try and figure out how that can happen.

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1 Comment on COLLINS – Peeling the onion on indigenous children

  1. Children in care, the stories of British Home Children are very similar to the residential home abuse. Canadian values have not been kind to children. The Canadian government received 2 $ for every child admitted to these shores !

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