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tv   The Stream 2017 Ep 166  Al Jazeera  October 17, 2017 10:32pm-11:01pm AST

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according to. the help of god everything should be done to dialogue. everybody would be a winner. the philippine president says his forces have retaken the southern city of way after a five month battle against arsenal linked fighters are very good to to have ten ounce the city has been freed from what he called terrorists but his military says the fighting still continues the un's refugee agency is origin bangladesh to speed up vetting of around fifteen thousand range of refugees said to be stranded near the border with me and new drone footage showing the scale of the crisis has been released the agency wants the people moved further inland to safer and better conditions thousands of people are protesting in barcelona against the arrest of two separatist leaders the two were arrested on monday and they're being investigated for alleged sedition they're being held without bail demonstrators are calling for the release of the two process session figures the first to be
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imprisoned since catalans independence referendum i'm going to have more of the day's news for you in under half an hour stay with us coming up next it's a scream thank you for watching us you very sort of i. i'm femi oke i counted as national inquiry into missing and murdered the indigenous women and girls is hearing from victims' family members this week and they're demanding justice for their loved ones but first the canadian government has settled with some indigenous survivors of
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a controversial policy known as the sixty's scoop. that's today on the streamed live on you tube. the sixty scoop was a canadian government assimilation policy from the nine hundred fifty s. to nine hundred ninety s. when a few children were taken from their homes and resettled with white families these children were often not allowed to speak that language did not have access to their families and were stripped of that culture to one survivor it was. while i was raised. a lot of things. were. taken away from. culture. ridicule.
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there's a number of things so. in a way i kind of feel that. the sixty's scoop has kind of one. because i'm still struggling with a lot of those issues that i that i just talked about. taking steps and trying to. come back to who i am and where i belong and that whole idea about coming full circle again coming back to you know. what i'm supposed to be where i'm supposed to be and. even though i'm a grown man i feel like i'm just a youth a boy. still struggle with that i still feel like a boy who's just kind of. you know sometimes just walking along
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prime minister justin trudeau has said that mending the relationship with indigenous communities is a priority the six hundred million dollars settlement is part of a larger process of truth and reconciliation that began back in two thousand and eight. elements to begin to right the wrongs of this dirck chapter of the sixty's. we reached out to the office of the minister of indigenous affairs about they declined to join the program joining us for more pamela is associate professor i'm chair in indigenous governance at ryerson university in toronto in toronto comrade prince is a sixty scoop survivor and director of indigenous and native programs with save the children canada. comrade good to have you here usually when you share family pages they know they're lovely but when i am sharing your pictures they mean so much more
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i have four here took us through what's happening and who we're seeing why it's important. well the picture there is my first and brace of my my mom in two thousand and that was after about a decade long search for. and trying to find her after i left. my adopted home. so that that actually picture she's whispering in my ear. everything is going to be ok now. the last time your mom to be full of a page. just right before my first birthday i was i was taken from her and then adopted out to have not aboriginal. family and then given back to c.s. . child welfare and then we adopted back out. thank god i guess that the first
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family kept their. receipt for me so they returned me and then i was actually shipped to germany i was adopted into a military family was i just don't think physically what was going on with your butt down but i had my you haven't seen your mother since she was one and you think looking for. it was a combination of years and years and years of dreaming about her i used to be able to dream i could feel her i could smell her everything when i was a kid and you know it just it's i can't i never had any other ceiling not even when i saw them walking in my son's into the world the same type of feeling of embracing my mum thinks fundamentally you know we as human beings want to find out you know. we where we come from you know embracing my
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mom. was was it's hard to describe i was just about into crying now let me see if i can cheer them up religious knowledge with this picture was a mistake. that's my that's actually my cousin and she's my she's my spiritual grounder she actually helped me repatch create my family back to my community she speaks git way. i promised i will i will i will one day learn but it's hard because you kind of have to balance between like a life that you were leading and then trying to recapture and recover everything that was taken from you but she's my aunt she's my spiritual guide now she's she how me when i'm with the challenge of when my mother passed away and i was given the responsibility of taking all my uncles and my mum back to sogginess manitoba. and to do it in a way that is consistent with our our way of being and knowing and there are some
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particular cultural protocols and she definitely helped me with. you know you were talking there conrad i was i couldn't help but think lou dobbs has time to chime in on twitter here there's so many different people who are trying to highlight different aspects of this the sadness and i do want to bring people back in to press them as we did at the beginning but it's you know a serious topic lou dobbs think people still believe that taking our kids is deserved that we are bad parents that somehow we don't love our children i was wondering if there's anything you can comment about in terms of that perception can you relate to that. yeah i mean the state the federal government created the conditions. that made what what they believe made right to take us away came from on the heels of the residential school system so that system decimated our families through abusing. children in the residential school
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system and when they came to be adults. they were challenge with all their experiences so too with them offloading the federal government offloading the responsibility of indigenous children to the provinces and actually created the financial incentive and the financial incentive actually that we're still dealing with and today as a perverse incentive to take kids away so i think that there is a huge misconception out there in relation to this sixty soup and the sixty soup actually coming no that is this incentive along with decimation of our communities and families and they literally c.s. workers came in and. with the help of some are our sandy at times taking kids from the embrace of their of our parents and in hospitals just waiting you know. as kids were born so there's a lot of misconceptions i'm encouraged that you know this issue is being raised.
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in psych anna to bring awareness to that and i'm appreciative that actually it's going to get international coverage because there is a there's a huge context hero and i'll leave that to pam just to speak with so far as you know canada's. internationally known as a human rights advocate yet not very many people there internationally realise that it's actually a human rights abuse or and you know bomb bomb a came to canada in this last year and stated that the world needs more can from the indigenous perspective i would argue you know dramatically against that saying the world actually need less. you know we're just being. me show our audience here this the government of canada site a sixty scoop agreement in principle and
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a government of canada says it's the first step in resolving the six escape to geisha and so we had one story one story out of so many of youngsters who were taken away from their families and the government are going to do what now. well they're going to try to resolve the pieces of litigation that were started in different provinces by literally thousands of survivors those who actually survived the experience because there's countless thousands who didn't survive the sixty's scoop and so they're they're trying to resolve that very quickly at a very low price but they've also in so doing are trying to exclude thousands of others from being able to partake in this settlement so they're not really engaged in a good faith settlement process here and and keep in mind that the whole concept of the sixty's scoop is really a misnomer there are more kids today in in foster care then there were during
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residential schools and even during the one nine hundred sixty s. and seventy's in the last ten years alone it's increased by any thoughts percent in some provinces so this hasn't stopped settling this litigation doesn't address the stopping of stealing our children most definitely and problem go i'm glad you brought that point up we have a tweet hero i just lost it well. there is a tweet that was talking about how this is still going on you know the sixty's scope is still going on and we have another video comment kind of running with that same narrative from blake who kind of shares another personal story to kind of highlight the chronic abuse that continues and what he calls the absence of justice take a listen. the absence of justice for them eighty survivors of the sixty's cuba is another atrocity to this excuse itself the cuban government has just announced
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a settlement for first nations if you went well actively excluding them eighty populations i mean it is generational survivor of the sixty's skewed from the fishing like meaty settlement one of eight media communities or northern canada sense that what's happened is i was able to live the rest of my and my entire life in the fishing like me to community something that was not afforded to my biological mother brenda who is not a survivor of the sixty's i'm in a position that is unique because i know what it's like to be raised in community and how healthy that is for young indigenous minded young indigenous peoples such as myself so what i'm calling for is asking for nothing more than what's already ours and that's justice pamela your thoughts there's the tweet by the way i was referring to the scope still happening just called the different name children services what do you make of that comment we heard from black. well it's true so the settlement at least what they're reporting is that they're excluding off anyone who's made t. and literally thousands of indigenous peoples who are not registered under the indian act so that means there's going to be thousands of non status indians who
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don't get to partake in this now keep in mind what this is doing is using literally decades of racism and discrimination that's caught up in the indian act against the very survivors who are victims of both indian actors criminal nation and now this sixty scoop which like i said is really a misnomer it's an ongoing screw and and here's what the implications are this isn't just about the loss of language culture and identity it is the root cause of depression and suicide in our communities suicide is the number one cause of death in youth and it's literally a pipeline to being. a human trafficking exploited prison and murder to missing indigenous women want to be talking about a little later so right there are failure to stop is literally killing our people
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i'm going to say thank you to come out of print thank you so much for sharing your family's story and great of you and what's happening with the settlement process in canada right now and i mean there's so much going on around this truth and reconciliation process in canada especially online what are you saying you have a very complex very emotional problem that people are trying to address canadians have been using the hash tag sixty scoop online to share their stories about survivors here is one for example a picture of zachary taken from his family at age eight in manitoba he asks did you ever stop and wonder where did all these children go here's an old advertisement for adopting an indigenous baby alan or little miss eskimo typical really of advertisements of that time for indigenous babies somewhere. so wondering if after the so-called sixties scoop settlement similar suits would follow in the us hash tag m m i w j g missing and murdered indigenous women and girls is being used to talk about the hearings that have just started in winnipeg and survivors will be
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sharing their personal stories about loved ones that are missing or were killed with commissioners from the national inquiry that's visiting this is the third such hearing in canada since the commission was formed to look into the approximately twelve hundred missing women and girls now despite the hearing a growing number of people online and families affected are signing a petition asking prime minister justin trudeau to reset the inquiry and start over so joining us from missing indigenous women and girls we have michael she is a special advisor to the ontario ministry of the attorney general but she's speaking today in a personal capacity as a surviving family member of sonia silent who was murdered in one thousand nine hundred ninety four you must hear so many family stories about what happened to their loved ones i'm going to play you another one and ask you just this fit in what is the big issue the all going issue in canada they ceased tests and the king
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this is the story she shared with us. three years ago three years. to this day. and i would consider the survivors of the missing murdered. and i just wanted to share that. i survivors it's been you know pretty living afterwards has been pretty traumatic and really actually had a chance to to know who the killer was so we have that type of closure but when it was time to sentence the killer of my cousin i felt like canada didn't care you know and when we were sentencing him the crown was to sentence him and the crown didn't have time to to listen to our testimony or to hear who our cousin are as you know i was seeking like the maximum punishment for him and unfortunately i feel that canada has just way too many. and i deputy cases that they don't have time
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to truly consider how you know native people are affected by by this issue that is not a long battle so many families feel exactly the same way what is it about this relationship between dickens communities in canada and authorities the government police it's i mean it's so long still i mean it did things back centuries so i don't know honestly what the real fixes i know that what this young lady tesla is saying is certainly not make because it is a common thread that runs through all of this there is this lack of a goal it's meant with our story and who are loved ones have been and what their life was what they meant was i think that that is not something that is.
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known throughout the indigenous communities as well as are a lot around canada. so probably there is this national enquirer watch he did that any members of the national qype can you come on the show and we reach out to them they didn't respond to us how is this inquiry going. well you get the same response that the vast majority of us get i me numerous people in the canadian media in first nations and in a civil society groups women's organizations and families have the same problem there has been ongoing lack of action lack of communication to such an extent that the united nations even issued a report to canada saying they have grave concerns about the lack of accountability and communication that's going on in this inquiry and all it's now gotten to such such a mess such a terrible extent that it is it's acted in an adversarial nature in trying to
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defend itself and divided families so you now have found these who really want to participate in this inquiry and give their testimony and others who are saying that the choir is not doing them justice there it's excluding lots of families it's not paying for them to be part of this it's not supporting the women's organizations and other government or going to our non-government organizations to participate and you have mass resignations the resignation of a commissioner it's it's the biggest mess we've ever seen in any kind of commission inquiry or choir in canada yet the government continues not to step in and clean up this mess because the laws of indigenous women and girls are continue to be at threat on a daily basis not only do they not take action on the ground right but they're allowing this inquiry to literally implode before i. i'd like to break in here
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pam i think that last week you did take something that says silence is violence and when when that came out i really what resonated with me was the fact that there are so many families so many survivors of violence who just don't have enough. energy they don't have enough they know what's causing them so much harm that they're just on fence they don't want to participate or or even. close to the inquiry and it's really a tragedy in itself and you know when you talk about people participating i would be remiss not to bring up these tweets sarah scout saying talking about canadians not just the government i think canadians tend to claim they know and love everything about their country but they speak from a place of subtler privilege now that's one comment we have another one here saying it's not too hard much in schools there's still lots of hate towards indigenous here lots think this is a handout and you know i want to ask you when we talk about that in korea when we
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talk about what's happening what the government is doing i want to kind of play another comment from tulsa that really highlights maybe what the government could be doing to really be giving equal opportunity for this community to have a voice take a listen and. i have with the increase when they were hiring when they. were hiring they could have standards such as being able to speak english and french. women each. participating in the increase so this increase in i needed and the voice of needed on the increase team is not heard. so i just think that canada you could still try harder you know to to make sure that you capture needed film and voices needed for perspective need a family perspective. seems like
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a fair criticism there if they want to have their voices i mean maybe take away that hurdle yeah exactly there's no reason on earth why the innuit didn't have an annual commissioner on there there's there's no reason why families didn't have much greater in put on to who they wanted to be on that inquiry and and if you look at the commissioners that are there they have no background in advocacy for murdered missing indigenous women or or working on all of the issues that are interrelated because this is part of the problem and so despite promises by canada that we would be able to jointly draft the terms of reference and jointly pick those commissioners so we have a terms of reference that literally protects the police for any kind of serious investigation which means we won't be actually dealing with the problem pam i mean just bring this personal down to a personal level maggie the reason why you're here the reason why you do the work
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you do is because of your sister your sister your sista. on this a beautiful website here shades of asbestos dot com you will see sonya story how how does what happened to her help you do the work that you did well you know and really. is this very important that i think. i myself understand that my own healing depends on myself i don't i can't say this enough that this inquiry will not bring me any healing and when families begin to grasp that concept and be able to take the steps necessary for their own healing process i think that it'll come quicker and it'll be much more foundational for families to find to find that for themselves. part of part of the issue is that. my sister was murdered in one thousand nine hundred four so that was
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twenty three years ago and i've done a lot of work you know it takes a lot of hard work to be able to find a place where you find your your balance and i don't think the tools have been available for families to actually have that and so we need to make this indigenous led community driven about you about community about families it's i keep hearing the word government government all over this conversation today and i want to hear less government and more about families it's almost like i met you you've read this headline from the scene supposed to be our inquiry family members sheds and commission join test me and she coming in the last couple of hours you know when you talk about it going about people you talk about healing exactly i mean there's this quote from amy smoke and of saying at least there's hope it gives me hope that people are paying attention want to help actively participate
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awareness for the missing and murdered indigenous women and girls and that that is what's so crucial in reconciliation. pamela and co-write from early on in our program thank you so much for sharing your stories really. a few experiences as well as a way that conversation continues on life he's a hashtag a straight answer watching the so. china is holding what appears to be its most significant communist party congress
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