joseph boyden

joseph boyden

intro’d to Joseph via Tom here:

great catch up convo.. (4.16) .. Tom’s been working last couple years with indigenous people in n canada… (adding to suggested places)



Joseph Boyden on #Attawapiskat Reflects on legacy of 140 years of forced assimilation & cultural genocide #CBC

youth clip – i would leave if i could.. but if i leave.. i might fall apart..

schooling the word ness…

listening to all the words/hearts..

needed – a level playing field..

equity – everyone getting a go… everyday..

more by Joseph – fallout of intergenerational trauma:

This week, Attawapiskat is back in the news after its chief and council were forced to declare a state of emergency. Eleven people in this community reportedly attempted suicide in a single night; 28 are reported to have tried in the month of March, and 100 attempts have been made in the last seven months.


You can’t attempt cultural genocide for 140 years, for seven generations—the last of these schools closing their doors in 1996—and not expect some very real fallout from that. Attawapiskat is a brutal example.


For 140 years in this country, residential schools operated with the intention of “getting rid of the Indian problem,” a phrase uttered repeatedly by Duncan Campbell Scott, one of residential schools’ central architects. Over 150,000 children were forcefully removed from their parents, including so many from Attawapiskat who were shipped down to St. Anne’s in Fort Albany, one of the country’s most infamous institutions and the scene of a lot of horrific abuse, as outlined in Ed Metatawabin’s brilliant memoir, Up Ghost River. These residential schools were the only schools in Canada to literally have cemeteries built beside them. Officials understood that the death rates for Native children due to rampant spread of diseases—as well as other factors, including death from abuse in its many forms—were many times higher than for any other children in the nation. Thousands and thousands of children died while attending these institutions and many hundreds if not more remain buried in unmarked graves.


Attawapiskat is a microcosm of intergenerational trauma.

our nation is only as good as how we treat our most vulnerable, as how we respond to those most in pain. – Gord Downie


2015 – first nation’s federal election interview:

we close our ears…

we pay lip service…


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Bruce Pascoe.. beyond h&g

David Holmgren.. we all need to become indigenous