Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Our Children

Two stories that I have heard recently have me trying to write a post about children of color. In the meantime, I think it's important to get the links out here. First, Location of Mass Graves of Residential School Children Revealed for the First Time. From the Friends and Relatives of the Disappeared (FRD):

We are gathered today [10 Apr 2008] to publicly disclose the location of twenty eight mass graves of children who died in Indian Residential Schools across Canada , and to announce the formation of an independent, non-governmental inquiry into the death and disappearance of children in these schools.
We estimate that there are hundreds, and possibly thousands, of children buried in these grave sites alone.
Second, Sludge fertilizer program spurs concerns:
BALTIMORE - Scientists using federal grants spread fertilizer made from human and industrial wastes on yards in poor, black neighborhoods to test whether it might protect children from lead poisoning in the soil. Families were assured the sludge was
safe and were never told about any harmful ingredients
There is no evidence there was ever any medical follow-up.
H/T Kevin and Aaminah


matttbastard said...

If you haven't already seen it, this documentary about Kevin Annett and the genocide that was perpetuated against Canada's First Nations peoples is very informative (and utterly devastating). Us Canucks have a tendency to adopt a pose of (relative) moral superiority to the US with regards to race relations. Residential schools serve as a reminder that our hands also have dried blood under the nails.

BTW, I LOVE the new design, Elle!

elle said...

I haven't seen it. Thanks for the link!

And the design love :-)

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