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#14 Students from the residential school in Moose Factory Island in Ontario attend a service at St. Thomas Anglican Church in 1946.

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#15 Aboriginal children at the Roman Catholic-run Fort Providence Residential Mission School in the Northwest Territories in 1929.

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#16 An undated photo of a dog team carrying a hay load near the residential school at Fort Resolution, N.W.T.

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#17 Undated photo of children cutting logs at the residential school in Fort Resolution, N.W.T.

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#18 Undated photo of boys cutting hay at the residential school in Duck Lake, Sask.

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#19 An undated photos of aboriginal students attending the Metlakatla, B.C., Residential School.

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#20 Two Métis children with an Inuit child at the All Saints Residential School, in Shingle Point, Yukon, in 1930.

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#21 Students at the Onion Lake Catholic Residential School in 1950.

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#22 Adeline Raciette amd Emily Bone study on the lawn of the Assiniboia Residential School in Manitoba in 1958.

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#23 Students share dish-washing chores at Portage La Prairie Residential School in Manitoba in 1950.

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#24 Fort Qu’Appelle Industrial School in Saskatchewan in 1884.

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#25 Children at the Fort Resolution, N.W.T., residential school in 1928.

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#26 The Alert Bay Mission School in British Columbia in 1885.

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  #1   Inuit children who lived too far away and had to stay at school during the summer at the Anglican Mission School in Aklavik, N.W.T. in 1941.

  #2   The blackboard on the left reads: “Thou Shalt Not Tell Lies.” Cree students at the Anglican-run Lac la Ronge Mission School in Saskatchewan in 1945.

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  # 3   Sisters of the Soeurs du Sacré-Coeur d’Ottawa and students on the steps of the school on the Pukatawagan Reserve in Manitoba in 1960.

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  #4   La Tuque Residential School’s hockey team at a tournament held during the Quebec Winter Carnival in 1967.

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  #5   Canada’s first and only Indian Air Cadet Unit, “No. 610” in 1956. The boys are from the Roman Catholic-run Williams Lake, B.C., Residential School.

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  #6   Chemistry class at Kamloop’s Residential School in 1959

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  #7   Students play pool at the Norway House Residential School in Manitoba in 1960.

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  #8   Students at a dormitory of the Shingwauk Residential School in Ontario in 1960

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  #9   The carpentry shop at a Kamloops, B.C., residential school in the late 1950s.

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#10   Children hold letters that spell “Goodbye” at the Fort Simpson, N.W.T, Residential School in 1922.

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#11   Undated photo of a group of students and parents from the Saddle Lake Reserve in Alberta en route to the Methodist-operated Red Deer Industrial School.

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#13   Shingle Point Residential School & Home For Boys, Mackenzie District, N.W.T. in 1930.

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Quebec student bill ‘worst law’ since War Measures Act: law professor
MONTREAL – There were warnings Friday from Quebec’s legal community that the government’s strict legislation aimed at ending the student crisis has gone too far.
One law professor even compared the controversial Bill 78 to the now-defunct War Measures Act. Read more …
Legislation to crack down on student protests passed by National Assembly, called worst attack on civil rights since the War Measures Act. Source: Quebec’s emergency law blasted by critics
Key measures of Quebec’s Bill 78 Anti-Protest Law
May 18, 2012- As many as 10,000 people attended a march against Quebec’s emergency law bill 78 in the tuition crisis. Critics say the new rules infringe on civil rights
Source: Montreal protest simmers after tuition crisis law passes
How to Film a Revolution – A Tutorial – Look out for Agent Provocateurs

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association report, “Breach of the Peace,” notes concerns that POLICE INFORMANTS may have supported the VANDALISM
Film Police Officers with no name badges. This is why

The Black Bloc Tactic

FYI: Black bloc is not an organization, it is a tactic, and yes, the police have historically used it to shut down peaceful protests, once one act of vandalism happens it can now be legally termed an “unlawful assembly” now MASS ARRESTS will occur (such as Toronto G20), they can and will resort to force, kettling, tear gas, pepper spray and other violent means to disperse everyone at the otherwise peaceful assembly. That’s why its important to film events as they happen for video evidence of possible provocateur tactics.
Quebec police admit going undercover at Montebello protests

Undercover officers knew of plans for downtown mayhem during G20
EXPOSED! – G20 Police in Black Bloc clothing

G20 activists say they feel “betrayed” by “Orwellian secret police”
Quebec’s Anti Protest Law tramples basic rights: legal expert

“This bill, if adopted, is a breach to the fundamental, constitutional rights of the citizens,” the bar association president, bâtonnier Louis Masson, said in a statement.

“The scale of its restraints on fundamental freedoms isn’t justified by the objectives aimed by the government.”

He was referring to the bill’s most controversial elements:

* Section 16, which says that police has to be informed eights hours ahead of the time, duration and route of any demonstration by 10 or more people or more. (Friday morning the government appeared ready to increase that number to 25.)

* Section 17, which says that organizers, or even a student association taking part in the march without being its organizer, must make sure that the event complies with the parameters handed to police.

“The government is making it harder for people to organize spontaneous demonstrations. It is a limit on freedom of speech,” Mr. Masson said.

Legal scholars also gave Bill 78 a bad review.

“Read it. Stunned. Can’t believe that a democratic government can adopt such a law,” tweeted law professor Louis-Philippe Lampron, a Laval University expert in human rights.

Another Laval law professor, Fannie Lafontaine, had concerns about sections of the legislation which aim to prevent protesters from barring other students from attending school.

* Section 13 and 14 say that no one can “directly or indirectly contribute” to delaying classes or denying access to them.

* Section 15 says student associations must employ “appropriate means” to induce their members to not directly or indirectly disrupt classes.

* Section 25 threatens fines of up to $125,000 to groups that contravene the bill.

Source: Anti-protest legislation passes in Quebec


The Conservative Party won’t be celebrating the Charter’s birthday.
The Conservative government has been notably silent on the 30th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and Stephen Harper says there’s a reason for that.

Harper offered a qualified response on the significance of the Charter in Canadian history.

“In terms of the anniversary, the Charter was an important step forward in the development of Canadian rights policy, a process that began in earnest with (Conservative prime minister) John Diefenbaker’s Bill of Rights in 1960, so it’s a little over 50 years old,” Harper said.

Diefenbaker’s Bill of Rights was not entrenched in the Constitution and did not carry the same weight in the courts as the Charter eventually did.

Harper alluded to the fact that Quebec did not sign on to the Constitution Act of 1982, of which the Charter was a part. Two other attempts to bring Quebec into the constitutional fold — the Meech Lake and Charlottetown Accords — failed.

“In terms of this as an anniversary, I think it’s an interesting and important step, but I would point out that the Charter remains inextricably linked to the patriation of the Constitution and the divisions around that matter, which as you know are still very real in some parts of the country,” Harper said.

Harper had also been asked to comment on perceived problems with the application of the Charter in the courts, but he said he didn’t want to wade into that issue.

But many Conservatives have criticized the Charter, saying some have taken advantage of the document to drag out court cases. There’s also a view that it has allowed judges to make laws rather than parliamentarians.

Source: HuffPost