Sunday, September 22, 2013

Daughter of Martin Luther King backs First Nations

Economic injustice in Canada must be dealt with as a part of the reconciliation process with the First Nations, says the daughter of American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

The remarks were made by Bernice King, who is the president of the King Center for Non-Violent Social Change, on Saturday in Vancouver, a day ahead of the start of the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission concerning the controversial residential school system.

King said a history of pain and abuse cannot be erased with an apology, and money for programs will not undo the suffering that can take generations to overcome, but empowering people with economic opportunities is the key to their well being.

In addition, King said she had felt helpless hearing about the neglect suffered by young aboriginals who were forcibly taken from their homes and sent to the government-funded residential schools, where many were subjected to emotional, physical and sexual mistreatment.


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