‘Paying for the Truth’

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The Aboriginal Industry works hard at silencing opposition, and a courageous Canadian Senator is their latest victim: 

“Sen. Lynn Beyak, known for {correctly} defending residential schools as “well-intentioned”, has been kicked out of the ‘Conservative’ caucus after she refused to remove “racist” comments {letters of support from Canadians} posted to her Senate website.

“Beyak had posted roughly 100 letters in support of her earlier defence of residential schools…to her Senate website {Excerpts and link at bottom of post}.

“In a statement, ‘Conservative’ Leader Andrew Scheer said he found out about the letters on Tuesday and asked Beyak to remove some of the comments, but she refused…

“Who would be naïve to think that alcohol, drugs, incest would not have found [their] way into the lives of the North’s children,”  read one of the letters flagged by Scheer’s office {Why?}.

“I’m no anthropologist but it seems every opportunistic culture, subsistence hunter/gatherers seeks to get what they can for no effort. There is always a clash between industrial/organized farming culture that values effort as opposed to a culture that will sit and wait until the government gives them stuff,” read  another.  {http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p107962/ }

“Scheer said promoting that comment {posting it is not ‘promoting’ it} was

“unacceptable for a Conservative parliamentarian.”

“To suggest that ‘indigenous’ Canadians are lazy compared to other Canadians, is simply racist,” he said in a statement.

“Racism will not be tolerated in the ‘Conservative’ caucus or ‘Conservative’ Party of Canada.”

“While she holds no party status, Beyak can remain a member of the Senate…

“Beyak, appointed to the Senate by then Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2013, had already been removed, by then-interim leader Rona Ambrose, from all Senate committees for her {accurate and fair} comments…

“Scheer’s spokesperson, Jake Enwright, said there’s 

“a fine line between espousing distasteful views on a policy position and willingly promoting unacceptable ‘racist’ comments.”

“Sen. Larry Smith, leader of the ‘Conservative’ Senate caucus, said Beyak’s removal from the Senate caucus and the National ‘Conservative’ Party of Canada caucus came following consultations with Scheer.

“As an internal party issue, I consider [the] matter closed and will have no further comment,” he said.

“Minister of Crown-‘Indigenous’ Relations Carolyn Bennett said it’s “disappointing” the ‘Conservative’ leadership allowed Beyak to use her position in the Senate to

“espouse her ill-informed {? See below} and offensive views about Canadian history.”

“Although Senator Beyak has been finally removed from the Conservative caucus, it is more than disappointing that her appointment by the Conservatives allows her continue to use parliamentary resources to validate the views of those who refuse to accept the ‘truth’ and propagate the ‘misinformation’ and prejudice that continue to feed racism in our country,” she said in a statement…”

–‘Sen. Lynn Beyak kicked out of Conservative caucus after refusing to remove ‘racist’ comments online’,
Catharine Tunney and Joe Lofaro, CBC News, Jan. 04, 2018

Feature IMAGE: Shutterstock

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/lynn-beyak-kicked-out-conservative-caucus-1.4474130

Senator Lynn Beyak (APTN)

“Scheer said in a statement that he had learned on Tuesday that Beyak had posted approximately 100 letters from Canadians in support of her position on residential schools to her Parliamentary website.

“He said the vast majority of letters focused on the history of residential schools, while others contained comments about ‘indigenous’ Canadians in general.

“The ‘Conservative’ leader said he had asked Beyak to remove one of the letters that suggested ‘indigenous’ people want to get things for “no effort” and she refused, resulting in her removal from caucus…

“As a result of her actions, ‘Conservative’ Senate Leader Larry Smith and I have removed Sen. Lynn Beyak from the ‘Conservative’ National Caucus. Racism will not be tolerated in the ‘Conservative’ caucus or ‘Conservative’ Party of Canada,” Scheer said…”

–‘Sen. Lynn Beyak kicked out of Conservative caucus’,
Canadian Press, January 4, 2018

https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/sen-lynn-beyak-kicked-out-of-conservative-caucus-1.3746532

“‘Conservative’ leader Andrew Scheer will pay the price at the ballot box for banishing Sen. Lynn Beyak from the ‘Conservative’ caucus, according to Nick Beyak, the senator’s son who is also a city councillor in Dryden, Ont…

“Nick Beyak said he believes many Conservative supporters are disappointed with Scheer’s move to kick the Senator out of caucus and with the party’s previous disciplinary actions against his mother.

“For the Leader of the Opposition to want to stifle comments from Canadians is not a strategy for election,” said Nick Beyak in a telephone interview Friday.

“It is already affecting their fundraising. Whether anyone wants to admit it or not, the majority of Canadians agree with the comments Sen. Beyak has said.” 

“Nick Beyak said his mother is not a racist and was speaking the truth in her comments on residential schools.

“How can you say that nurses and priests were bad people and did no good at those schools?” said Nick Beyak.

“How can a logical person say that and call a person who says that a racist? The connection is impossible.” 

“Nick Beyak said the Conservative leadership is cowed by political correctness and its enforcers in the media.

“Unfortunately, no one in Ottawa has the courage to stand behind her,” he said.

“Larry Smith, Andrew Scheer, it’s disgraceful that there are people in that level of power with that lack of courage.

“I think that we are currently in an environment where any, quote-unquote, politically incorrect views are met with offence and insult. That is not how you improve a country when we cannot have discussions about the plight of ‘indigenous’ people.”

“While much about the ongoing controversy engulfing his mother bothers him, Nick Beyak took particular umbrage with Assembly of ‘First Nations’ National Chief Perry Bellegarde’s appearance on CBC-TV’s “This Hour has 22 Minutes” last fall to mock Sen. Beyak.

“He has time to do that while, daily, his people are starving, they are raped and living in horrible conditions and he has the time to go on TV and make fun of Sen. Beyak?” said Nick Beyak.

“If I were a member of that community, I would want new leadership and he should be ashamed of himself. And you can print that.”

— ‘Sen. Lynn Beyak’s son, a city councillor, says Conservative leadership cowed by political correctness’,
Jorge Barrera, CBC Indigenous, Jan. 05, 2018

http://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/nick-beyak-defends-mother-senator-lynn-beyak-1.4475445

The latest furor began on Jan. 3rd, when ‘The Walrus’ published a slanderous attack on Sen. Beyak, quoting from letters the author claims she deleted from her page – letters that are still there today!
https://thewalrus.ca/why-is-senator-lynn-beyak-publishing-racist-letters-on-her-website/

‘The Walrus’, of course, is a Liberal Party mouthpiece:
http://www.canadalandshow.com/connections-between-the-walrus-and-the-liberal-party/

Lilian Dyck, ‘chair’ of the Senate’s Committee on Aboriginal Peoples (CBC)

“Fellow Senator Lillian Dyck, who is a member of Gordon ‘First Nation’ {a ‘nation’ of 3,684 people} in Saskatchewan, told CBC on Thursday that the letters are

“frankly racist, offensive, hurtful and it was quite shocking to me that anyone would publish something like that on their website.”
https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/01/04/controversial-ontario-senator-lynn-beyak-booted-from-conservative-caucus.html

{For context, that’s the racist Senator Lillian Dyck:
Cree MP accused by Cree Senator of acting like a ‘white man’ {January 2, 2015}:
https://www.facebook.com/ENDRACEBASEDLAW/photos/a.336196793149227.59519.332982123470694/581586835276887/?type=1 }

“Dyck, meanwhile, said the letters are more than offensive — they could be illegal.

“Maybe someone should consider laying a charge of hate speech against her because she is using her public website in a way against an identifiable group that might be considered inciting hatred,” she said.”

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-thursday-edition-1.4473015/sen-lynn-beyak-under-fire-for-racist-offensive-hurtful-letters-posted-to-senate-website-1.4473029

“One letter says ‘indigenous’ people “should be very grateful” for residential schools

“Where would they be today if it were not for the residential schools that were set up to help them? I expect they would still be living out in their isolated villages, uneducated, a very high rate of childbirth deaths, a very short life expectancy, and living in very damp, cold dwellings,” it reads.

‘SCAPEGOATING THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS – 1′: http://endracebasedlaw.net/scapegoating-the-residential-schools-1/

‘SCAPEGOATING THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS – 2′: http://endracebasedlaw.net/scapegoating-the-residential-schools-2/

‘SCAPEGOATING THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS – 3′: http://endracebasedlaw.net/scapegoating-the-residential-schools-3/

‘SCAPEGOATING THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS – 4′: http://endracebasedlaw.net/scapegoating-the-residential-schools-4/

‘THE POSITIVE SIDE OF RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS’:
http://endracebasedlaw.net/the-positive-side-of-residential-schools/

The Background:
Speaking The Truth’ (Senator on Residential Schools) {March 29, 2017}:
“The {Chinese aboriginal} chairwoman of the Senate committee on ‘aboriginal people’ is asking a Conservative senator to rethink her place on the committee after she said there were positive aspects to Canada’s residential school system {An obvious truth…}…”
https://endracebasedlaw.wordpress.com/2017/03/29/speaking-the-truth/

https://www.facebook.com/ENDRACEBASEDLAW/photos/a.336196793149227.59519.332982123470694/995691627199737/?type=3&theater

Conservatives Censor The Truth{April 6, 2017}:
I have been very clear that I do not in any way support Senator Beyak’s comments about residential schools. There is no way to explain her comments {If you truly believe that, you have much to learn!},” interim ‘Conservative’ Leader Rona Ambrose said. “She has been removed from the Aboriginal affairs committee in the Senate and I think that’s the right thing to do. I don’t think her comments send the right message.”
https://endracebasedlaw.wordpress.com/2017/04/06/conservatives-censor-the-truth/

https://www.facebook.com/ENDRACEBASEDLAW/photos/a.336196793149227.59519.332982123470694/1002191403216426/?type=3&theater

Aboriginal Liberals Say ‘NO’ To Freedom of Speech{April 10, 2017}:
“Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP and Liberal ‘Indigenous’ {‘Siberian settler’} Caucus chairman Don Rusnak is calling for the Conservative Party to remove Sen. Lynn Beyak…”
https://endracebasedlaw.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/aboriginal-liberals-say-no-to-freedom-of-speech/

https://www.facebook.com/ENDRACEBASEDLAW/photos/a.336196793149227.59519.332982123470694/1005393939562839/?type=3&theater

Sen. Beyak met with the Sioux Lookout Mayor’s Committee for Truth and Reconciliation in July. (lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca)

“I have commented favourably before in this space on Sen. Beyak’s remarks to the Senate on March 7 about native residential schools and the {Partial} Truth and {One-way} Reconciliation Commission.
https://sencanada.ca/en/content/sen/chamber/421/debates/102db_2017-03-07-e#81
She was widely reviled for her address. Fortunately, in recent days, the tide seems to have turned and many, including many native leaders, have come to her defence.

“Including a subsequent comment, she made seven principal points. These were that fewer than a third of aboriginal children attended residential schools while they were operating;
that very few of the 150,000 who did so were wrenched from their families, many of which were nomadic and destitute;
that we should revisit the Trudeau-Chrétien white paper of 1969;
{‘Canadians had a chance in 1969’ (White Paper):
https://www.facebook.com/ENDRACEBASEDLAW/posts/381321185299410
‘White Paper Excerpts’:
https://www.facebook.com/ENDRACEBASEDLAW/posts/529686737053534 }
that changing the name of the Langevin Block in Ottawa because of H.-L. Langevin’s minor role in the residential schools is nonsense;
that the financial compensation paid to many who attended those schools obliges some of them to present a grim recollection of the schools;
and that there should be a “national audit on every single dollar coming and going out of the ‘indigenous’ file,
and a referendum among all ‘indigenous’ people aged 12 and over, about what their own ambitions for the future are. (The Trudeau-Chrétien white paper recommended a one-time compensation payment to every native person and the exchange of their native status for normal citizenship.)

“All of Sen. Beyak’s proposals are reasonable, well-informed, and constructively intended. (Langevin was John A. Macdonald’s patronage-minded minister of public works and singling him out in this way is outrageous.)

“She praised aspects of the {Partial} Truth and {One-way} Reconciliation Commission report and made clear her intimate knowledge of the subject and profound empathy with the native people. For her compassionate and perceptive insights, Sen. Beyak was thrown off the Senate Aboriginal Peoples’ Committee by her own party (‘Conservatives’), and N‘D’P MP Romeo Saganash said that Sen. Beyak’s words were

“like saying ‘Well there are some good sides to what Hitler did to the Jewish community‘.”

(As a residential school student, Saganash got a trip with his school hockey team to play in a tournament in Switzerland. Nazi death camps didn’t do that.)

“In fact, Sen. Beyak has shown why we have a Senate and why we should keep one, but appoint a larger number of conscientious and expert people in a range of public policy areas, to invest Parliament with more talent and greater integrity. We should be grateful to have such people as…Lynn Beyak in the public life of the country.”

–‘Premier Wall and Senator Beyak provide a rare opportunity to laud our public figures’,
Conrad Black, National Post, May 6, 2017

http://www.conradmblack.com/1289/premier-wall-and-senator-beyak-provide-a-rare

EXCERPTS {http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p107924 } :
“We wish to commend you for your attempts to offer “balance” in the historical perspective of Residential Schools, with the “good” that many dedicated educators accomplished over the years. As retired educators ourselves, with a combined experience of 26 years in Aboriginal and Metis schools, we witnessed first-hand the positive anecdotes and experiences of those who gained from their attendance at Residential Schools. Unfortunately, current orthodoxy forces their “voices” to be silenced.

“We appreciate your efforts to shine a light on this matter, as lonely as it may be, in highlighting that the Residential Schools experience was not “dark” for all, and that many owe their subsequent success in life, and that of their children and grandchildren, to the values and skills they gained.”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p108024/
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“Thank you for your courageous comments regarding the biased media slant concerning the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report on Canada’s Residential School history. The media and many politicians in our country have consistently focused on the negative aspects of the residential School legacy without recognizing any of the positive aspects of the program.

“To hear the media on this topic would lead one to believe that every teacher or caregiver at any of the Residential Schools was a sadist at least and a pedophile at worst. The media and some of the government would have us believe that every child sent to one of these schools was abused physically and sexually.

“I, for one, do not believe this and resent the implication that I am somehow responsible for any of the collective abuses suffered by some of the children that were associated with these schools. With a very few exceptions, Residential Schools had been closed long before I was born. Likewise, I do not take credit for the many successes achieved by graduates of the residential school system.

“Thank you again for speaking this truth.

“…I am fully in support of your position and applaud your courage for bringing this forward.”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p107964/
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“Do not apologise. Above all do not resign. Your remarks about the residential school situation in this country need to be heard. As the brother of a nun who worked in the system, and the nephew of a Jesuit who worked there, too, I categorically refuse to believe that all the people who worked in these schools were as evil as they are being portrayed to be. Indeed, They were seeking, under the social rules that were generally accepted at the time to do good and to help these children.

“There are some people out there who can thank that much-maligned system for the education that they now have…despite what the politicians who have a vested interest in denigrating the system for their own political advancement have to say. We will never win the argument. but at least never let it be said that we didn’t speak up.

“Thank you!”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p107965/
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“Thank you for your comments on Residential Schools which I think were quite correct… I worked with Chipewyan people as an employee of the Catholic Church from 1991 to 2001 – a Pastoral Animator… I heard many positive comments by native people who had attended residential school in Fort Resolution. Two cases:

“One woman, a Chief of her community for some years, said,
I couldn’t wait to go back to residential school. You were clean and you had good food.’

“I knew another family, eight children. The Dad was a trapper who spent the winter on the barren lands. His wife contracted TB and was placed in the isolation hospital in Ft. Res. The children were taken by the Dad each year to the school to keep them safe. It was very hard for the youngest who was only 4 yrs at the time – traumatic even to be separated from parents and older sibs. However, the child survived where otherwise he may not have. The schools must be viewed in the context of the social and economic circumstances at the time.

“There is so much more to say about this issue.

“Good for you. Be strong. Blessings on you and your work.”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p107968/
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“Reviewed your comments on residential schools. I agree not enough discussion about positive experiences. I lived and worked in Ontario’s Far North for over 27 years in the healthcare industry.

“The effort was well-intentioned at the time. Thanks for being one of the few willing to raise this issue. Aboriginal peoples must not look to residential schools as the only reason for social dysfunction.”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p108026/
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“I am not a Conservative and I likely disagree with most of the Conservative Party’s policies; however, I do not agree with the backlash that you have received over the residential school remark. It is abhorrent that Romeo Saganash compared your comments to that of Hitler’s genocide of Jews.

“…You are right to mention that it was neither the residential school employees or government intention to be cruel or to wipe out an entire race. You were merely citing what the climate was at that particular time in history. Tomson Highway (Cree playwright) states himself in a 2015 interview: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/12/15/tomson-highway-residential-schools_n_8787638.html
that not ALL residential schools were bad, and that not all survivors were traumatized. As an ex-residential school person, he says himself that he is a prime example.

“…To imply that all people who attended residential schools are ‘survivors’ implies that all were traumatized and mistreated.

“This is simply wrong.”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p107960/
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“…By the standard of that time, the government expended millions of dollars and recruited the best people they could find that would agree to live in remote regions far from the civilization they knew. Far from their homes, families, churches and other social supports they knew. That some of them may have been zealots, molesters or whatever is a problem we still face even with the societal safeguards we put in place to protect members of our society.

“From the history I have read, it is likely that the aboriginals received better treatment and education than society gave, the Irish, the Scots, the Polish, the Jews and other minority or out of power groups, like the poor. The Welland Canal in St. Catharines was dug by these low-power groups and if they died on the job as many did, it was just another bloody Irishman, or what have you. They likely were envious of the pampered aboriginals that got free school, free food, free housing and that still wasn’t enough.

“I’m no anthropologist but it seems every opportunistic culture, subsistence hunter/gatherers seeks to get what they can for no effort. There is always a clash between an industrial/ organized farming culture that values effort as opposed to a culture that will sit and wail until the government gives them stuff. Until that happens it appears they will let everyone around them die. It’s brutal way to live but that’s how it looks to me. If you took a bunch of Amish farmers from Southern Ontario and banished them to a reserve in Northern Ontario, within a year they would have built all of their members a new home, a new church and barns for every homestead. Within a year, they would have dug wells and built a water treatment plant even if it was a simple sand, gravel and charcoal facility. Within 2 years, they would be exporting lumber and furniture to Southern Ontario. At the same time, the aboriginals relocated to Amish country near Kitchener would have burned down the house and left the fields to gully and rot.

“I’m not saying all of them are like that but right now the Canadian society guilt trip route to more money and power is golden and being opportunist they’re grabbing all the hotel room towels and silverware they can.

“This is 1984 tactics. Media pity, aboriginals seem to be well-schooled in getting media pity and they have become very good at getting media coverage. Well, read your history, general Canadian Society — the government of the day didn’t recruit for sadists, they recruited for the best teachers, etc., in an effort to bring aboriginals into a society they increasingly chose to set themselves apart from. Don’t resign for speaking truth.”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p107962/
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“Your remarks on residential schools sounded a note of objectivity and balance that is sadly missing from public discussion of this issue. You drew attention to the problems that arose in the schools but you also reminded your colleagues that many who worked there have had their reputations besmirched by a mindless and undiscriminating wave of criticism. I very much hope that you will not be persuaded to retract any of your remarks because they are a beacon of sanity in an otherwise dark area of our public discourse and this should not be dimmed.”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p107970/
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“I just want to say I have never written a MP or Senator in the past and have generally Leftist views. However, I was very impressed by your courage in expressing the ‘other side’ to the issue of residential schools.

“My husband has worked and lived in several aboriginal communities in the north which greatly benefited from these schools and where the people speak very highly of the care and instruction they received. We are only given one side of the story.

“Thank you for speaking up for the many who know there is another side and are afraid or powerless to express this.”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p107978/
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“I would like to take this opportunity to thank and support you for the positive comment you made about some good that was done in residential schools.

“I spent over ten years living and working on reserves and northern settlements. And I remember, as a teacher, how often we had to convince the population to keep their children at home and go to the Day School, rather than to send them to a residential school. If the residential schools had been so bad why were parents insisting that their children go? I personally saw a lot of good emanate from these schools. I do admit mistakes were made but those same mistakes also existed in the population at large. Yes, most people were well-intentioned and worked with the knowledge they thought best…”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p108028/
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“What is going on?! I was so sorry to see the response to your comment about some good that came out of Residential Schools. Of course, there was good and there are Indigenous people out there who would agree. Unfortunately, they are afraid of being ostracized if they speak up and, from your recent experience, one can see why.

“I brought up the subject at my Discussion Group yesterday and set off “a box of fireworks”, too! Many Canadians have embraced the one-sided Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Report because there has been very little discussion allowed on any good that came from the schools.

“I feel great concern for truth and freedom of speech when I see the sort of reaction any discussion on Residential Schools brings. What are we trying to hide? What are we afraid of?

“Like you, I believe the institution of Residential Schools was well-intentioned and was an attempt to solve the “Indian problem” by integrating the children into the new way of life in order that they could function better with language, health and skills. Unfortunately, as in any area of life, there were some who abused the situation and were overly harsh in their choices of discipline.

“Times were difficult for many families during the era of Residential Schools, life on the reservations was not necessarily good,TB and Smallpox were the diseases of the time affecting many Canadians. My neighbour, before he died, told of having to go to school without shoes as his family could not afford them. There were many other hardships at the time.

“Why are we not allowed to put Residential Schools in context of what was happening in Canada during the period1884-1948 and later?

“I appreciate your attempt to put the record straight and do hope you will not suffer too much from opposing views. Please continue to stand up for what you believe.”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p108012/
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“I would like to commend you for your remarks on the issue of residential schools, especially on speaking up for the many teachers and helpers/staff, religious, cleric and lay, who gave the best years of their lives, and their best efforts to help with the education of First Nations children in often very difficult circumstances.

“You are right to point out that while the mistakes, wrongs and at times even evils of the system and the whole experience have to be pointed out and dealt with openly, there should be equal effort, zeal and persistence in uncovering and celebrating the abundance of good that has happened as well. There cannot be justice without justice for all!

“I have lived and worked in Prince Albert, SK, for a number of years and had the opportunity to meet retired teachers of residential schools, and listen to their experiences as well. Those I met, were all good, hardworking and well intentioned people. I also had the opportunity to meet ‘First Nations’ people, teachers and lawyers, who are now effective leaders and advocates among and on behalf of their people, exactly because they received education in those residential schools.

“I would like to encourage you to continue to witness to the whole truth on this important and sensitive issue.”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p108018/
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“…My grandfather, was the headmaster of a Residential School (Anglican) for over 40 years. (He retired in 1951).

“As far as I can tell from historical studies which include correspondence, news clippings and verbal statements my grandfather was well respected by the people of southern Alberta but in particular the Native Canadians affiliated with the Blood Reserve. My grandfather did not try to reduce the importance of the native culture. He learned the Blackfoot language and culture as did his own children (my mother included). He translated several documents including parts of the bible into Blackfoot. He was also initiated into the Blackfoot Kanai Chieftainship society and was given the name Chief Mountain of which he was known for many years.

“I realize that some of the governmental policies he had to follow brought discomfort to the children who attended the school but there is no evidence of abuse or any wrongdoing by my grandfather. On the contrary he and my grandmother who also worked there loved the Blood Indians and he worked hard to enhance their culture.”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p108019/
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“Just want to express my support for your correct, although unpopular, comments regarding the residential schools. This appears to have become an ‘all or nothing’ subject. Former residential school students who relate anything positive about their experiences are quickly silenced to further the agenda of the aboriginal industry.

“I’m not sure why the subject must be seen in black and white, as the suffering of those who were mistreated isn’t remotely diminished by discussing all aspects of the topic openly.

“We are constantly chided to ‘learn our history’ with regards to Canada’s residential schools. I would also suggest that we ‘learn our history’ with regards to the 120,000 British Home Children sent from Great Britain between 1869-1932 for ‘indentured servitude’, of which 8,000 died (some interred in two mass, unmarked graves in Etobicoke, Ont). Terrible things were done to all people, throughout history, both through malice and good (albeit ignorant) intentions.

“Reinforcing a ‘victim’ identity is a roadblock to actual healing, and the only ones who benefit from preventing healing to occur are the ones making money at it.

“It’s unfortunate that you’ll continue to face the wrath of those who expect you to tow the line, and no doubt be called a racist, the go-to position whenever an argument doesn’t bear scrutiny…but thank you for saying what needed to be said.”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p108017/
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“I wish to commend you in your attempt to bring some balance to the aboriginal file on residential schools. This took courage on your part for, as you know, in these times any criticism of or dissent on aboriginal policy seems inevitably to lead to a charge of being a “racist”.

“This has seemingly already occurred in your case with the comments of NDP MP Romeo Saganash who is reported to have likened your comments to that of a “Nazi apologist”. This type of reaction is both unfortunate and historically inaccurate. By implication it seeks to equate the residential schools experience with the Holocaust. And while the residential schools system had many and serious shortcomings, which you have rightfully acknowledged, it could hardly be equated with the horrific Nazi extermination of 6 million of our fellow human beings. In short, this is political overreach at its worst.

“Two other comments attributed to you also deserve some praise. The first is your defence of Hector-Louis Langevin. In this era of political correctness we are all too often willing to condemn the actions taken by historical figures on the basis of today’s mores and not those which prevailed at the time the historical decisions were taken – a dangerous practice which you have rightfully questioned.

“The second was your praise of Pierre Trudeau’s white paper — an initiative seemingly doomed to failure by vested interests. Had it succeeded, we presumably would have less exclusionary rhetoric (“nation to nation”) and more of an inclusionary perspective (one nation) in our contemporary discussion of aboriginal issues.

“In summary, keep up the good work and maintain your resolve to answer your critics and not bow to them. To fortify you in that regard, I sugest an article written by a couple of University of Manitoba professors in 2015 –
“Debunking the half-truths and exaggerations in the Truth and Reconciliation report”.

“My recollection, as might be expected, is that the article was greeted with cries of “racism”. Finally I would recommend to you a book entitled ‘Disrobing The Aboriginal Industry – Deception Behind The Indigenous Cultural Preservation’ by Frances Widdowson and Albert Howard (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008).”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p107932/
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“You have been quoted of having said that the residential schools were partly staffed by “kindly and well-intentioned men and women”. I commend and thank you for this overdue statement. It is unbearable to read the politically correct evaluation that claims the staff were monsters. If not for these devoted nuns, countless Indians would have continued to live in squalor and poverty. The intent was clearly to enable these children and adolescents to live productive lives in Canadian society. If I have any critique to offer it is that I would have said “mostly” instead of “partly”.
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p107943/
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“…Thank you for standing up for the ones who tried their very best to help the children, as their story will never be told…”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p107933/
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“…Politically, I am not a Conservative supporter, but I definitely support your comments regarding Residential Schools…

“No one, to my knowledge, has ever had the courage to speak up in support of the many hard working, well-intentioned people who spent many years of their lives trying to help our indigenous population. I truly believe the churches did not found the residential schools with the intention of bringing harm to the people; their intent was to help them assimilate into the majority population of the country in the hopes that this would enable them to find jobs and be able to enjoy a better life for themselves and their families away from the often hopelessness they faced with little or no formal education.

“I applaud you for your courage and encourage you to stay strong and definitely NOT resign from the Senate.”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p107924
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“Although they may not have been “politically correct” I believe all your remarks were factual. One of the largest issues we face as a society is the fact most politicians will not speak about the true facts if they are deemed to be politically incorrect, even though they are the truth.

“Life teaches us that fixing any issue is impossible if you dance around the edges, the true issue must be confronted before any successful repairs can be completed…. patches may be put on, but they never last.”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p107939/
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“I agree with you 100%. When viewed through the lens of the times, I believe that the decision makers did not act with malice in trying to address the poverty and absence of education in the first nation communities. Certainly, the decision to assimilate first nations into Canada was and remains to be the correct one. History is full of past injustices and I feel no personal responsibility for the plight of first nations over and above my general feeling of the obligation to help people that are less fortunate. Further, I deeply resent having to pay taxes that are in part used to subsidise first nation programs that perpetuate the problems in first nation societies.

“…Stick with it, you are speaking for a very significant portion of the Canadian population.”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p107944/
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“I am writing to express my support of your comments regarding well-intentioned staff at residential schools. I have read much of the Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Sadly, unlike its title, it “honours” only some truths, but not the whole truth.

“Voices such as yours are an important and needed counterpoint to the findings of the report and I thank you for speaking out in support of this aspect of the residential school program.

“Please stand your ground.”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p107946/
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“…You deserve a lot of credit for sticking up for the truth. I am a life resident of the West Coast of Vancouver island.( 81 yrs.) at Tofino. Father Brabant, a missionary, came to this coast in 1875 & worked his entire life with the natives.

“In 1900, he built the first residential school at /Kakawis near Tofino. As an area historian, I have researched how the Catholic church taught these children before schools for white children existed…”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p107954/
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“I attended a First National Art Exhibition in Fort McMurray and I met a native artist who told me how grateful she was to the nuns and priests in her community who ran the school because for her it was a place of refuge, she said that her parents would go out on the trap-line and leave them to fend for themselves and she would go sit on the steps of the school and hope someone would help her.

“I myself am a product of a Catholic convent school and while some people who attended that school with me will now say that the nuns were racists and treated them unfairly, that was not my experience. Yes, they were strict, but the principles of kindness and consideration for others were held in high esteem and they instilled in me values that successfully took me through more than 40 years in the business world.

“For you to make an observation that is considered “politically incorrect” is very praiseworthy and commendable…”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p107948/
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“Every one of these Indian leaders bleating and shouting for your resignation are a product of the residential school system, and in a fashion verifies what the agencies of the day, had in mind, and were trying to accomplish, and did very successfully.

“The nation of no sinners, you and I, have been made to pay cold, hard-earned cash for a never-ending wailing and gnashing of teeth over exaggerated claims. Blackmail in it’s purest form.

“I am incensed by the head of the Anglican Church who is wilfully and obviously in complete denial, totally ignorant of the evidence and history, and/ or a self serving coward.

“Of course the CBC being the largest negative racists and National bigots have displayed to the reader their own cowardice by eliminating any comment/opinion contributions from their readers as it relates to Canadian/native issues…”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p107955/
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“It pains me to listen to those who would call into question your views on the Residential Schools in Canada. You are entirely correct in stating that many who went there had overwhelmingly positive experiences. At Six Nations, the ‘Mohawk Institute’ (called by many the “Mush Hole”) was administered by the Anglican Church. It was founded in 1837 on the request of the Hereditary Chiefs and Clan Mothers and when it was closed in 1970, the Chiefs pleaded with the Government to keep it open. Most of the Reserve teachers had been taught there, and anyone who cared to be objective about the matter would agree that the positives far outweighed the negatives.

“You can read the specifics of what I am saying in various blog postings I have written over the years. Most are summarized in the most recent of the series: https://deyoyonwatheh.blogspot.ca/2016/06/six-nations-residential-school.html .

“I am weary of the politically correct police among us who would say that it is “racist” to even mention any positives attached to the Residential Schools. It goes against the party line, and those who dare question the “accepted view” that the Residential Schools were a vehicle for “cultural genocide” will be severely sanctioned.

“The aim of my blog has been to show how it is only beliefs that matter at Six Nations, objective facts and evidence are of little consequence.

“Thank you for standing up for the truth…”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p107951/
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“My mother has a cousin who attended a residential school and whenever she is asked about it, she tells that her experience was a good one. In fact she credits the residential school system with having provided her the opportunity to have a good education. Her experience in residential school was so good that when the federal government offered a blanket cash settlement to all former attendees, she refused to take it…”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p108027/
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“…it should be recognized the environment the children left in many cases was even harsher than the schools to which they were transferred. By the early 20th century, the trading in furs which had sustained the indigenous people and coaxed them “off the land” had either died or moved further west. Left behind were communities where alcohol, disease (particularly TB) and overpopulation overwhelmed the meagre health and social services available. (Problems the Government is still wrestling with). In the far North, incarceration for crime in a Southern correctional facility, warm and fed, was said to be often seen by local inhabitants as a confusing reward, not a punishment.

“The Governments of the day felt the way to handle these problems was to save at least the children from these conditions by relocating them to schools where they would be safer and more secure. The Churches, seeing the opportunity the schools offered for large scale conversion to Christianity, were eager to take on the administration. There is no doubt acculturation was one intention of the program and job training for the “white” society another, but this was the mores of the time and a practice throughout all remote regions of the British Empire…”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p108000/
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“…we feel that the government at the time had the best of intentions for the children of the north …and in our opinion…it was better to attempt some program … than to simply leave the children of the north (native and white) to make their way on their own.

“I often wonder what problems they would have today if no one learned to read or write…no sports … Who would be naïve enough to think that, alcohol, drugs, incest would not have found its way into the lives of the North’s children? It’s far too easy to blame everything on the white man and their residential schools for the way some of the native people are still acting today. Generations removed from these schools are still blaming the schools for the way they treat their female relatives today…”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p107975/
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“You said what the majority of Canadians would want to say. There were some bad ‘apples’ and there was abuse, but not all the teachers were bad, not all the cooks were bad, not all the cleaners were bad, etc. The children that died, were not killed. Most would have died on the reserves, considering the conditions at the time.

“I think most of the people involved worked hard doing their jobs to make the children safe and happy.

“It is incredible that they would choose to use the word ‘SURVIVORS’. That word is connected to the concentration camps and should be left that way. No comparison….. concentration camps were set up to KILL people… no food, no clothing, no dignity.

“Residential schools set up to ‘educate’, feed, clothe… and take care of the children. Unfortunate that there were some who mistreated the people in their charge.

“Please do not apologize for me…… I was not there. Charge the people responsible and make them apologize. Dig them up if they are dead.!!!

“Stay strong and do not let the ‘Bastards’ who are not willing to stick their necks out and are going along with the scenarios that the natives have come up with…”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p107998/
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“Your statement about residential schools has needed to be said for a very long time. I applaud your forthrightness, honesty and courage. You have public attention, and now you are getting to the heart of it…

“When the youth can no longer find a reason for effort in the cultural vacuum of the reservations — and then lead a life of dissipation — racial snobbishness and prejudice should not prevent them from participating in our culture. And education is the key, as it always has been, e.g. the residential schools…”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p108008/
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“I believe in equality for all Canadians. I cannot read the minds of those who lived many years ago and came up with the idea of residential schools, but logic would tell me that they saw the poverty and conditions of the reserves and thought the best way to help those people to better their lives was through education. It is easy to look back and say some mistakes were made, but many benefited from that education. Neither do I see the logic in asking today’s leaders to apologize for decisions make by leaders many years ago.

“And, I absolutely agree that reservation leaders should be held accountable for the tax payers money that goes into these reserves. It is obvious from the stories we hear of what chiefs and counsellors pay themselves that the money is not distributed fairly.”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p107985/
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“…Aboriginal issues are very complicated and will defy any kind of real solution as long as debate regarding the issues is stifled by the media and aboriginal advocates. You have suffered a great deal of abuse in the media. I applaud your courage in trying to give a least a small correction to the totally one-sided perspective regarding residential schools.”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p108002/
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“…I strongly support your contribution on this committee, and your honest enquiry of the issues affecting native communities. We need more people like you to provide balance and perspective… I think that residential schools were an noble and honest attempt to treat natives, as equals and integrate the community into the new productive, rewarding Canadian life. Had that not been attempted, there would have emerged a cry of neglect, abuse and discrimination. Sadly now, those efforts are being portrayed as cultural genocide and child abuse. The easiest way to destroy a people is to put them into, and keep them in, a state of dependence…”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p108006/
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“I know of two direct friends and another indirect acquaintance who were students in Indian residential schools. They tell me, off the record, that the Indian residential schools made them what they are today. They do describe a harsh environment but one which also brought them literacy, a love of learning, and true affection for many of their teachers. Their experience may not have been universal, but it is ridiculous to suggest that the Indian residential school system was unmitigated evil.

I wish you the best as you withstand the current barrage of unwarranted criticism. You have been made an unfortunate target and have been unjustly vilified for speaking what is plainly obvious. Please know that I and countless other Canadian sympathize with your situation and offer you our support.”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p108007/
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“Given the entrenched special interests on all sides on these issues, Senator Beyak’s views may well be unwelcome. But they are certainly not “racist”. Racists seek to divide and build walls between people. Beyak, rather, envisions Canada as more all-embracing, bringing our peoples closer together, sharing fully in all that our country has to offer.”
http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p108188/

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