Bring The Children Home
This week I attended a First Nations Reading Circle at the local library. There were few in attendance that were Indigenous. However, others attending either:
- have friends who are Indigenous,
- children who had married Indigenous,
- grandchildren are Indigenous,
- or were working closely with Indigenous communities.
Everyone there was genuinely interested. An eagerness to learn more about the Indigenous culture of Canada. I, being Indigenous, expected this to be a reading circle for the Indigenous people. However, this was still a pleasant surprise.
I believe that the Métis people of Canada can be an important key in bringing peace. Peace between the Indigenous Nations and the Federal Government of Canada. After all, the Métis people are the distinct society nation that arose out of the blending of Indigenous and European Settlers. But this blending still does not make us “white”. We are not assimilated. The Métis are a unique people of culture, language, and traditions.
However, at this First Nations Reading Circle, the issue of the residential schools and the 60’s scooping of children came up. After one lady shared that she was so glad and relieved that Canada has stopped the practice, I had to gently correct her.
The scooping of children and ripping them away from their mothers’ loving arms continues today. Yes, even in the town I live in. All across Canada one Indigenous infant is snatched at the moment of birth every day. Before the mother can even hold her child.
I’ve known such families in our own community. Child Services come and scoop before the parent(s) even have a chance to prove themselves, good or bad.
90% Are Indigenous Children
In Saskatchewan, 90% of the children in the care of Child Services are Indigenous children. Yes!
As a result, the Indigenous community started really crying out in protest. The Minister of Indigenous Services, Jane Philpott heard and took a much closer look at this issue.
Indigenous communities have real solutions and ideas to help mend their families. After the failed experiments of the residential schools and other child scooping programs such as in the 1960’s, assimilation has not, nor will it ever occur. After 150 years of trying to make us go away it is time to admit assimilation has failed.
Stop scooping the children. Cultural Genocide must stop!
Bring the children home!
The Introduction to the Summary of the Truth and Reconciliation Report starts off with this:
“For over a century, the central goals of Canada’s Aboriginal policy were to eliminate:
- Aboriginal governments
- ignore Aboriginal rights
- terminate the Treaties
and, through a process of assimilation, cause Aboriginal people to cease to exist as distinct:
- and racial entities in Canada”
The names of various cultural genocide programs have changed—however, cultural genocide continues to be inflicted upon the Indigenous people of Canada. The numbers of children in the care of Child Care Services is proof of that.
God Gives Babies To Amateurs
Have you ever stopped to think who God gives babies to? It is not the university graduate with the extensive doctorites after their name. Although, yes, they become parents too. The overwhelming number of babies are delivered right into the arms of inexperienced young women and men every day. All over the world. These babies are not born into sterile bubbles where only the government can teach them what they want these new minds to learn.
No, rather, God in His Ultimate Wisdom, gives babies to amateurs. Ordinary people. That is the way God has always done it, and continues to do it, since the beginning of time.
And it hasn’t been all bad—after all, you are here, I am here.
There are no perfect parents, not even yours.
God knows that giving the precious gift of a child to a young inexperienced couple can be a growing up tool too in their lives. The bonding of family is so vital to better understand His Love for each of us. When you have a child to hold and cherish, it all becomes so much more clear.
But when Child Care Services come in and scoop, all of that is stolen. Stolen from every member of the family including:
- the child
- other extended family and community members
The trauma on the entire family is huge!
A young woman, who maybe was struggling with issues of her own, instead of being able to grow up and look after her child with pride, dignity, and love, is flung further into the pit of despair. Why try?
The Child Care Services has not helped that family. In effect, they have torn, sometimes seemingly irreparable, rifts in the entire family.
There has to be a better way
Yes, Indigenous Communities all across Canada have suggestions and ideas on how to heal their families. And, contrary to conventional “white man” thinking—it does not require University degrees in Child Care and Welfare issues.
No, because it all begins with – love!
The love of family and community. Yes, there has been huge damage in the Indigenous communities after 150 years of ripping and tearing their families apart time and time again. This is not going to be healed overnight. However, it can happen, but the Indigenous Community has to be allowed to heal their families. Without the interference of “white man systems” that, up to now, have done more harm than good.
Programs for pregnant and new moms need to be culturally relevant and appropriate. Trust issues being so huge, these programs need to be designed, implemented, and regulated by the Indigenous communities themselves. This does not mean putting Child-welfare offices on the reserves with Indigenous people operating them. Unfortunately, they would still be operating the “white man” system. Which, as we all know—does not work for Indigenous families.
Families are so huge in the hearts of the Indigenous people. It is their belief and responsibility of family to teach the children, that next generation. However, for over 150 years that chain of:
- family connection,
- and teaching
has been torn from the Indigenous people.
Restore the authority and teachings from and by the Matriarch Elders of the Indigenous Communities, also known as the Grandmothers.
Now is the time for healing and restoration. Give the tools, finances, and time to these communities to heal themselves. The wisdom from their Elders will accomplish more than any Government overseen Child-welfare program.
A Grandmother’s Love
The Grandmothers in these communities are calling for action among themselves. They are trying to rally together to make safe havens for the grandchildren in their own homes. Allowing the children to still be in the care of close family.
Then, as a community, the issue of the family crisis that has caused the situation can be properly addressed and corrected. Within and by the community. Even by getting help for addictions or mental health issues. With the ultimate goal of restoring the family.
And healing—all made possible by love!
Please, bring the children home!
Children Scooped For No Reason
However, the vast majority of children scooped are not even in homes of any abuse or addiction. Surprised? You should be. Child Services doesn’t need much reason to scoop a child.
Not whether housing, food, and clothing has and is being provided. No, it is an issue of income.
Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs assists Indigenous families on a regular basis. Child-welfare workers are involved and looking to scoop their children. Immediately, I request the list of items that Child Services says their home is lacking. In the majority of cases a few items are deemed necessary by the Child-welfare Worker, but are neither crucial nor harmful to the well being of the child if they do not have them. However, because the Child-welfare Worker’s word is law—we work quickly to find those items for these families.
In this way, this Grandmother is trying to do her part to keep the Indigenous children in my community in their homes and surrounded by the love of their families. What can you do to help the Indigenous children stay with their loved ones?
Please, bring the children home!