Michelle Good is super-smart, super-talented, and, frankly, the leading light for me on how to reevaluate my thinking on, and culpability in, the Canadian genocide of Indigenous peoples. Here she is talking to Tom Power on CBC. She’s coming to Newfoundland for Woody Point this summer and I’m very excited to share a stage with her!
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) documented the deaths of more than 6,000 children as a result of the residential school system that ran from the 1830s to 1996, but suggested the figure is likely higher.
The Canadian flag at the Peace Tower in Ottawa was lowered to half-mast on Sunday in honour of the 215 children. But Good believes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to go further.
“I don’t care about half-masts. That doesn’t do anything for those children, their little spirits, or for their parents, grandparents and living relations,” she said.
“What I care about is the concept that [Prime Minister Trudeau] is continuing in that speech that this is historical, that this is something in the past. It’s not. The impacts continue today and they will continue for many, many years to come.”