Toronto Star Article

If you read the Toronto Star you might have seen a story about the Brown and Commanda case on the front page on Saturday November 5. It was authored by Linda Diebel, a reporter who has written previously about the case. I would like to thank Marcia Brown and Bob Lackie for their assisting Linda with the story.

You can find the article here: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1081890–video-i-will-never-give-up-plaintiff-says-after-ottawa-blocks-aboriginal-lawsuit

Alex Hamilton

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One Response to Toronto Star Article

  1. Patricia McCarthy says:

    Good article and think the case requires more public attention if only to get the information out to more people in the native communities and show that someone does care about what 16,000 children experienced. Something I would like to point out is that during the 60’s the CAS had set guidelines in regards to inter racial adoption concerning african/american children and asian/american children that ensured that interested families from their own cultures were give to adoption preference in individual cases but in the instance of aboriginal children they were not provided this benefit and cultural differences were overlooked. During the motion to appeal on Oct 28th I noted a judge on the panel say that the government should not be held liable for damage that affected the children involved in these adoptions over a long time period or many years after the fact, I have to ask if this judge is so ignorant of the adoption process to not realize that to remove a child from their own culture and throw them into another one has immediate effects from the first minute it occurs, it doesn’t take years for the effect of such an action to cause emotional long term upset. Worst yet for these children to be placed into homes that were unprepared for them, did not understand or respect or were prepared to address the cultural differences would only further perpetuate the problems the native culture would experience as a whole. Yes there is no doubt that the majority of these children required the care and attention from the CAS and there is no question actions were required to protect them but special attention to preserve their culture and protect them from further abuse and discrimination due to their cultural differences should have been taken into consideration just as any other child of cultural difference would have. Who is responsible for what these children suffered is in question, how do we correct a situation that involves 16,000 children, is an apology in order, does the government take responsibilty and award a financial settlement as a form of apology to people who suffered as a direct result of their actions or in-actions? those are just some of the questions that remain to be answered, and I personally think I would like to see this motion carry forward to attempt to get some of those answers and help a community in pain comes to terms with it all. I would also like to remind people this is not all about the money but about how we protect cultural heritages for all peoples of Canada by setting an example in this case and by making a public action to prevent this from happening in the future to select cultures. Will money cure all the ills of the native community… NO! But perhaps some of the money could go to further assist the individuals involved seek counseling, education and peace of mind to know effects will be in place in the future to prevent this attack on their culture from happening again.

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