Stealing Children to Steal the Land

Every Child Matters by Andy Everson
Foto: Andy Everson, un artista de la Nación K’ómoks en British Columbia, creó este logo en el 2015 para la campaña de sobrevivientes de los internados de asimilación canadiense.

LAST MONTH, the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation uncovered a mass grave of 215 children on the grounds of a former residential school in British Columbia, Canada.

This week on Intercepted: Naomi Klein speaks with residential school survivor Doreen Manuel and her niece Kanahus Manuel about the horrors of residential schools and the relationship between stolen children and stolen land. Doreen’s father, George Manuel, was a survivor of the Kamloops Indian Residential School, where unmarked graves of children as young as 3 years old were found. Kanahus’s father, Arthur Manuel, was also a survivor of the Kamloops residential school. This intergenerational conversation goes deep on how the evils of the Kamloops school, and others like it, have reverberated through a century of Manuels, an experience shared by so many Indigenous families, and the Manuel family’s decadeslong fight to reclaim stolen land.

READ MORE AT THE INTERCEPT. This story has been translated into Spanish, with permission of The Intercept, and can be found here.

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Naomi Klein is a senior correspondent at The Intercept and the inaugural Gloria Steinem endowed chair of media, culture and feminist studies at Rutgers University. She is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, most recently of "On Fire: The Burning Case for A Green New Deal." She has also written "The Battle for Paradise," "No Is Not Enough," "This Changes Everything," "The Shock Doctrine," and "No Logo."