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Opinion: Scheer comment on Indigenous genocide is harmful – The Charlatan

by ahnationtalk on October 7, 201913 Views

Earlier this year, Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer rejected the use of the term ‘genocide’ to describe the violence directed at Indigenous women and girls in Canada.

Every life lost is a tragedy, but the ramifications of the word genocide were too profound to be used in this context, said Scheer.

The UN defines genocide as the “intent to destroy in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group.” How could someone argue that this is not what happened—and continues to happen—to Indigenous women and girls in Canada?

The UN states that genocide can contain any one, or more, of five acts. Each of these five acts have been imposed upon Indigenous people.

These acts are: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on members of the group conditions of life which bring about its physical destruction, in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; and forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

Read More: http://charlatan.ca/2019/10/opinion-scheer-comment-on-indigenous-genocide-is-harmful/

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