Boycotting Religion(s) & Dealing w/Genocide

I just finished watching Kevin Anett’s documentary called ‘Unrepentant‘ and I must say – bingo! You want some enlightenment on the Aboriginal condition and history of my people group(s) within Canada – watch this video.

Kevin Anett claims the Canadian Government and 3 church groups (Anglican, United, and Catholic) progressively set up to assimilate Indigenous peoples of Canada. This assimilation occured mainly via the residential school system but also included stripping Indigenous lands, killing Indigenous children, subverting justice for Indigenous people, and a continual process of hushing the whole dirty history of church work within Indigenous communities and letting it continue to this day – a genocide. Each of those churches I, along with many Indian nations in Canada, call for a total boycott of – since they will not deal with their ‘crimes against humanity’. See Kevin’s site for more info on this ‘hidden from history’.

I have not a single qualm about what Kevin has said in this video and my mother was also in Residential School as a child – in which she was severely abused and taught not to ‘love’. Actually watching the documentary – the lady that dies at the end could very well be the testimony of my own mother (and likely is – she refuses to talk about it due to it’s pain). The video is explicit about how this same genocide has also helped to keep the Indigenous population in Canada oppressed and broken – a cycle started since the Indian Act in 1876 – legislation which still exists until this day.

It is absolutely abhorent that a supposed civilized gov’t and religious structure could do this to a whole nation of people – and not care. Fact is most problems within Indigenous communities stems back directly to residential schools and the torture this had upon Indigenous families – which was then continued by several abuses by the Canadian Government (including the AIM program – adopting Indian children away from their homes and a slack justice system which see’s Indian’s get life for vicious crimes and when Indians are victims – people get slapped on the wrist). This inhumanity has to stop.

This is where I come from and where I live – and what I have also had to live through as a Indigenous child of the Cree and Saulteaux (Anishnawbe) nations in Canada – this is part of my history whether I like it or not. I suggest, if you want to find out something about Aboriginal peoples in Canada (or even the USA) – to watch the video…learn something they never teach you in any school.

Hope – The Novel Idea

I was watching some Christian programming the other day when I heard something very interesting about this faith that made me realize something – hope should not die – for no reason whatsoever.

The idea of ‘hope’ was discussed concerning suicide and how the absence of hope is the pre-cursor to taking one’s life. I chewed on that thought for a day or so and I think the program is ‘on the money’ with that idea. I felt a little ashamed also – I notice becoming so realistic and logical that I began functioning outside the idea of possibilities and hopes. My bad to be honest. Somebody slap me!

What is this Christian faith without the idea of ‘hope’? I realize without this notion faith is a failure and useless to all (like salt without taste). In the end of the day, faith should lead to hope – for the now & for the later. I was dealing so in the now that I missed that hope is always possible (now and in the future) – it is the figurative smile of the gospel writings.

Faith without hope is like life without happiness – and this is essentially true. Try live one day in total uncertainty in any area of your life (work, family, faith, sport, etc) and you soon realize none of that is fun – and eventually you just get depressed into apathy. If life is without hope – life soon becomes worth ending – worth not deciding about anymore. Hope is absolutely essential to the gospel – and I think it is the ‘selling point’ – I think it directs humanity to it’s core spirituality and life-blood – ‘things do change’.

Life will be better…times will get easier…struggles will disappear…jobs will come your way…friendships can be made whole again…love can be restored and healed…faith can move mountains…promises do come true…etc…this is hope – we all do this – to stop doing this is to not ‘believe’ anymore – and not believing means you stopped breathing. Humans detoriate without possibility and choice concerning future – so let’s help people see something they sometimes cannot – there is hope. This is good news.