Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave
Thanks for the readers digest version. I'm way too busy for listening to that dog and pony show.
You are welcome, ts. Back at it again today but I did come across some information this morning that puts some of my questions about the testimony into perspective. Apparently, though it is under the auspices of the MMWI, this series of meeting with the Inuit is not about murdered and missing women at all
- it is simply to hear the women talk about their perceived lack of resources in all areas of their society. It is also about 'making safe spaces for all Inuit women pursuing higher education; 'making safe spaces' for Inuit women seeking health care; 'making safe spaces' for Inuit women when they need to travel to cities for whatever reason and 'making safe spaces' in general for Inuit women.
Instead of earning the right to attend a university, the Inuit women speaking believe that a designated number of Inuit women should be give the right to attend simply because they are 'qualified' members of their culture group. No wonder they will need 'safe spaces'. If they haven't actually attended school and attained the necessary grades with which to advance their education how on earth will they be able to keep up with the curriculum? It really beggars belief.
Now we are being treated to a very long and very involved talk about how the brain reacts to trauma - that alone took up a good 35 minutes. Very interesting but necessary?
The current speaker, an Inuit medical practitioner, who had spoken previously about trauma is listing the reasons why there is a desperate need for more funding, more programs and having no one but Inuit in charge of their affairs. It is due to the ongoing colonial violence being perpetrated against the Inuit people. It is due to the colonialist attitudes displayed in every single facet of society. It is due to settler mentality.
She is now speaking about 'rules of engagement' and how they are different both within Inuit communities themselves and without when Inuit are dealing with other Aboriginals. She is insisting that 'rules of engagement' no matter how varied and admittedly somewhat incomprehensible they are, must be respected and must be a part of any training given to non-Inuits as well as other Aboriginal groups who may have any interactions within the Inuit communities. This is being called 'cultural safety training.'
She believes that everyone coming to Canada as well as those of us born here must take responsibility for getting their own 'cultural safety training.'
"Rural areas, urban areas, cities, on-reserve and off-reserve are simply 'boxes' imposed by colonialist governments and don't properly define indigenous people." I really have no idea what that means.
The same medical practitioner is now speaking about the trauma of Inuit women having to travel to cities to have their babies. I can well imagine that it would be traumatic as it is for every single person of any other nationality living in small rural areas who also need to travel long distance in order to deliver their babies.
'Culturally sensitive universal health-care' is a term being used to encompass a long list of requirements that include healing circles, Eagle feathers, smudging, drumming, being surrounded by all one's family members, being treated by Inuit only, by receiving any care for mother and baby by Inuit only and by building hospitals and medical facilities in all Inuit communities staffed by Inuit or those who have passed the 'culturally safety training'.
I find the repetitious use of the word 'right' by the speaker to be really distracting as I do with anyone who overuses such a word. Literally she uses it after every single statement she makes.
To those it may concern - I consider following the Inquiry to be a huge portion of my own 'cultural safety training.'
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