Planet Local Examples:
Canada, Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning:
For over a hundred years, and up until 1996, First Nations young people all over Canada were taken from their homes — often by force — and put into residential schools designed to disconnect them from their lands, families, languages, spiritual traditions, and history.
In 2008, the Canadian government officially “apologized” for this wrong. And yet indigenous children today are still required to attend Western-style schools, where the political theories, spiritual philosophies, languages and practical skills that once would have been learned from families and elders will be forgotten.
This not only ensures dependence on the global consumer economy, it makes it far easier for oil, mining and logging companies to take control of indigenous lands and effectively destroy them. Read more