At the Edge of Canada: Indigenous Research presents interviews with researchers about their work with Aboriginal peoples. The objective is to assist people in better understanding Indigenous people, our issues and the often asked Google term “what is aboriginal.” It is originally produced as a radio broadcast on UMFM 101.5 FM in Winnipeg Manitoba and hosted by Dr Robert-Falcon Ouellette while working at University of Manitoba. He is now an Member of Parliament in Ottawa. Ekosani.
Canadian Indian Residential Schools as “Cultural Genocide” (Radio Documentary)
This is a 30 minute independent radio documentary Canadian
Indian Residential Schools as “Cultural Genocide.” We will look at how cultural
genocide is defined and how various experts in the field would justify using
the term genocide to describe the terrible tragedy that is a part of Canadian
Article 2 of the Genocide Convention states that
"genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to
destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group,
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life
calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another
From these criteria, we see that the Indian Residential
School system could easily be classified as a type of cultural genocide. We
also explore the intergenerational effects of the Canadian Residential Schools.
It is clear that being removed from your family and placed in these
institutions could have a negative impact on your life and on the lives of your
children. In addition, we provide the views of some everyday people on the
issues surrounding Canadian Indian Residential Schools. Finally, we offer
some suggestions for moving forward from here, such as the promotion of
aboriginal culture and awareness of past events.