Does Canada’s treatment of Indigenous people amount to genocide? – Toronto Star

by ahnationtalk on June 11, 201936 Views

June 11, 2019

The National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls heard thousands of stories of systemic and structural violence and reached the inescapable conclusion that the Canadian state has perpetrated a genocide against Indigenous peoples.

It produced a supplementary report providing its legal analysis on the applicability of genocide. It is important for the public, especially journalists and the legal community, to read this report in full. As co-authors of the National Inquiry’s legal analysis, we hope to bring to light here some of the important elements of the legal basis for using the term genocide.

To understand the true nature of genocide, we must dissociate from popular notions of it. Colonial genocide is a slow-moving process. Unlike the traditional paradigms of genocide, such as the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide, which took place in determined periods of time and were characterized by mass killings, colonial destruction of Indigenous peoples has taken place insidiously and over centuries. It is structural, systemic, and traverses multiple administrations and political leadership.

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