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Saturday, December 2, 2023
Letter: No more ‘thoughts and prayers,’ we need action on Indigenous travesty
Letter to the editor. File

Dear editor:

I, for one, am so very, very tired of fatuous expressions like “our thoughts and prayers” about tragedies and calamities for which the perpetrators go free, and we the onlooking public, stand by wringing our hands and promising nothing more than “thoughts and prayers.”

Canada’s “residential schools” were a euphemism for murder of children by religions. This is a travesty and we ought to be ashamed of ourselves.

It is far past the time to bring the guilty to punishment, though it is still possible and always will be, to bring them to justice. Institutions can be pursued, as well as people.

We must find the will to punish evil, murderous people and the “religious” churches who were responsible for the deaths of thousands of totally innocent First Nations children.

Let’s not waste time with an almost pointless observance of a day of remembrance.

Let’s take real steps to find, arrest, indict, try and punish those guilty of these child murders.

And let us not forget that, as we speak right now, there are thousands of cases of missing and murdered Indigenous children, girls and women that our iconic national police force, the RCMP, is doing almost nothing about.

Kaspar Pold

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