Monday, July 06, 2015
Majority Of Manitobans Believe Residential Schools Were "Cultural Genocide"
Winnipeg – The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) contends that Canada committed “cultural genocide” by forcibly placing thousands of First Nations children in residential schools in an attempt to erase their culture and identity.
A new Probe Research survey conducted for the Winnipeg Free Press shows that nearly two-in-three Manitoba adults (64%) agree with the notion that Canada committed cultural genocide through the residential school system. This includes 33 percent of Manitoba adults who strongly agree and 31 percent who moderately agree that Canada is guilty of committing genocide with respect to First Nations children. One-quarter, meanwhile, disagreed with this notion (27%, including 12% who strongly disagree and 15% who moderately disagree). Ten percent were unsure or did not respond.
Manitobans were also asked to weigh in on whether or not the federal government has done enough already to address the negative legacy of residential schools. Citizens were split on this issue. While nearly one-half of those surveyed feel the federal government has done enough in this regard (45%, including 20% who strongly agree), a similar proportion shared the view that Ottawa needs to go further to right the wrongs caused by the residential school experience (47%, including 27% who strongly disagreed with the idea that the federal government has already done enough).
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