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Colonialism continues its brutal reign – The Hill Times

August 10, 2023

Colonialism and racism are alive and well in Canada, and the refusal by police to search for the remains of Indigenous women in a Winnipeg garbage dump is the latest evidence.

OTTAWA—In the commemorative words of Gord Downie, Chanie Wenjack found “no secret path” home, only “freezing rain and ice pellets.” In the fall of 1966, a 12 year-old Anishinaabe from Ogoki Post, escaped from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Kenora where he had been sent three years earlier. His remains were found on the CN mainline seven days after he escaped. On Oct. 22, 1966, he died from exposure as he doggedly attempted to trek home to his family at Ogoki Post, which, unbeknownst to him, was 400 kms away.

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