A French-speaking school in Ontario – a school die English and French lessons combines – started a “purification ceremony” in in which it burned about 30 books of “questionable” content for “educational purposes.” Ashes from the burnt books were used as manure for a tree.
The Conseil scolaire catholique Providence, die supervises primary education in southwestern Ontario, did not make it to the ceremony public, but details over the event emerged during the elections campaign for the Indigenous People’s Commission.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the controversy during a… campaign stop this week and say “On a personal level I would never agree met the burning of of books.”
The prime minister emphasized, however, that this is not the case for non-native people “to tell native” people how she should to feel of act to promote reconciliation.”
The project extended up to thousands of books die goods removed from libraries at 30 schools and are either destroyed of to be in the process of recycled, but only the first 30 were incinerated.
titles die were burned recorded “Tintin in America”, “Asterix and the Indians” and three Lucky Luke comic books, as well as novels and encyclopedias, Barrons reported.
“It was a gesture” of reconciliation with the First Nations and a gesture of openness to other represented groups in the school district and in society,” Lyne Cossette told Radio Canada, citing works die contain “outdated and inappropriate” content.”
“We’re sorry we didn’t intervene until ensure An more appropriate plan for the memorial ceremony and that it was offensive to some members of the community. We sincerely regret the negative impact of this initiative intended as a gesture of reconciliation,” Cossette wrote.
Yves-Fran çois Blanchet, leader of the Bloc Québécois, told reporters “we don’t burn books”.
“We expose ourselves to” history, we explain, we demonstrate how society has evolved of must evolve,” he explained.
Chairman Suzy Kies resigned from her on Wednesday post as co-chair of the Indigenous People’s Commission because of questions over her native origin and her involvement in the ceremony.
“I refuse to give my story used to support Justin Trudeau and our… party” said Kies in a statement, according to the Toronto sun. “This is the reason why I am resigning my position as co-chair of the Indigenous People’s Commission.”
Reconciliation, Canada’s Process to Recognize Its Problems past with the First Nations people and works to pay back the people influenced by his actions, has focused this more sharply year after the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves of native children forced to attend residential schools die are meant to assimilate them in Canadian culture in late 1800s.
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