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So many child victims

It is near impossible to go back and make right the abuses of the past. What happened to many of the children at the residential schools was inexcusable. There are survivors who to this day still anguish with the memories of what they went through at these facilities.

But where do we draw the line with the sins of the past?

How about the 115,000-plus "home children" who were shipped from Britain to Canada and Australia?

Many people are unaware of what Britain did to over 100,000 children.

These "home children" were shipped like cattle and many were abused and treated like slaves.

Britain decided to ship these children out under the guise of "helping" them. Many were sexually abused and used as slave labour and died alone under terrible conditions.

Delving into the past is like opening a Pandora's Box. There is no end to horror stories for almost every group of people.

Many people came to North America because they were persecuted for their religious beliefs.

Britain is not alone. There are many countries that have turned a blind eye to human abuses.

I grew up when children in elementary school were strapped for bad behaviour. This was totally acceptable only a few decades ago.

Genocide and abuses have taken place everywhere throughout the ages. There is not a country or a people that can say they are innocent.

Wilma Van Vliet, Penticton



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