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WINNIPEG - When Michèle Audette was growing up, Canada Day was not a celebration.It left her feeling bitter.The daughter of a Quebecois father and an Innu mother, Audette didn't see herself in the school curriculum.She didn't see a recognition of Indigenous populations that existed for thousands of years in many of the places she lived.But she was also conflicted.When First Nations, Metis and Inuit dancers took the stage there would be a feeling of pride, she says, even if it was only fleeting."They were there to remind Canada that people were here, are still here today, and showing the resilience of our nations. It is beautiful," she says. "But it needs to be there everyday. It needs to be there in the laws, the policies and the programs."Audette spent more than two years hearing testimony from women, families and experts as one of the commissioners from the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.The inquiry's final report, released in early June, detailed a deliberate and persistent pattern of abuses against Indigenous women, girls, two-spirited people and LGBTQ individuals, which it said can only be described as a genocide.The report included 231 recommendations, including calls for all Canadians to learn Indigenous history and use that knowledge to break down barriers.A lot of Indigenous people don't celebrate Canada Day because it's a reminder of colonization, says inquiry Chief Commissioner Marion Buller. And they won't celebrate until they see a real change in policies and practices from all levels of government, she says."One thing that we all have to accept is colonization happened and is still happening," says Buller, who is from Mistawasis First Nation in Saskatchewan.When the Europeans first arrived, First Nations helped the settlers survive. But over time, the fur market declined, as did military threats, and Indigenous people became an obstacle.Reserves were set up on less habitable land to make room for railroads and settlements, or so that water could be diverted. Ceremonies were outlawed and a pass system was set up to control movement. Inadequate government rations left communities starving and susceptible to sickness.Children were forced into residential schools where many faced physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Thousands of children died.The '60s Scoop in which Indigenous children were adopted out to non-Indigenous families followed.Many Canadians were not taught this history growing up, the commissioners say, and were shocked to learn colonization continues.Family members who testified at the inquiry spoke about multigenerational trauma. They told commissioners about ongoing policies displacing women from traditional roles, forced sterilizations, children being apprehended, confrontations with police, poverty, violence and housing insecurity."This country is at war, and Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people are under siege," the report says.The inquiry found human and Indigenous rights violations, homophobia, transphobia and marginalization "woven into the fabric of Canadian society," says Commissioner Brian Eyolfson from the Couchiching First Nation in Ontario.Canada Day is an opportunity for education, he suggests."It's important to include Indigenous Peoples and their histories, contributions and their current realities in celebrations," Eyolfson says.The holiday is problematic when it only reflects a palatable history of the country, adds commissioner Qajaq Robinson, but it doesn't mean non-Indigenous people opt out because they feel ashamed."I don't think it accomplishes much if we bow our heads in shame and hide in our living rooms," says Robinson, who was born and raised in Nunavut.She says the country's positive aspects can be celebrated without glossing over the destructive parts of its past. But that means including Indigenous communities and making sure they feel welcome on their own terms."What I believe Canada Day can be is a time of reflection and a time to put into action our calls to justice, particularly around the importance of developing relationships."I don't think that it's a contradiction to celebrate the potential of Canada and to celebrate some of what we've done, or to be proud of it while also reflecting on what has happened and what we need to do moving forward." Kelly Geraldine Malone , The Canadian Press
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Brynn Anderson/APAs news broke on the reportedly horrific conditions at a Texas detention center holding migrant children, President Trump did what he normally does in times of crisis and public-relations hellscapes: He monitored the media and political reactions via his White House TV and the DVR device he dubs his “super TiVo.”And in the days since the treatment of small children at this detention facility became major national news, the president wanted to make one thing clear to his subordinates, though his focus was not at all about ameliorating appalling conditions. Trump has repeatedly told advisers and senior aides that, no matter how great the public outrage toward his administration, his lieutenants were to stick to a simple strategy of blaming Democrats and Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, according to two people with knowledge of the exchanges.Trump Claims ‘Obama Built the Cages’ in First Telemundo InterviewIn the end for Trump, the dire situation was a mere messaging problem.The strategy was a practical Xerox of the president’s approach to other immigration scandals of the Trump era, such as the brutal, widely condemned family-separation policy. When the president and his team don’t want to own the negative coverage and political backlash to the treatment of migrants, asylum-seekers, or undocumented immigrants-but also want to continue draconian policies nonetheless-they frequently revert to trashing the Democrats as the real culprits.“Well, they’re better than, much better than Obama… The conditions are much better than they were under President Obama,” Trump alleged during an interview with The Hill on Monday, when asked about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s characterization that he was presiding over an American “concentration camp.” On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence told CNN host Jake Tapper that it was the “Democrats in Congress” who had “refused to expand the bed space and the capacity for us to detain people at our borders,” when pressed on detention-center conditions. “It is one of the reasons why we continue to call on Congress to give [the Department of Homeland Security], Customs and Border Protection additional resources at the border.” This led to a somewhat tense back-and-forth, with Tapper arguing that funds already exist to provide these children with blankets and hygiene products.The Department of Homeland Security has for more than a year at times relied on its advisory council for suggestions on how to better serve the children and families detained in border facilities. A subcommittee of the council traveled to the border facilities in Texas over the last five months and drew up a report for former Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, reiterating the dire need for resources handling children. One council member said the visits illuminated the overcrowding of facilities and the need for better transportation services for individuals crossing the border and being placed in more permanent shelters.“[Customs and Border Patrol] personnel are... tending to the daily needs of thousands of illegal migrants who CBP has already processed but is left holding for days and sometimes weeks in confinement space that was built decades ago and designed to confine only a fraction of these illegal migrants for hours, not days or weeks, and certainly not intended to confine tender age children,” the report said.The advisory council has not been in contact with the DHS secretary’s office over the last week, according to council members, and the head of the subcommittee that focuses on children and families has been on vacation, according to sources affiliated with the council, which consists of professional volunteers.And the conditions in the detention centers are often abysmal. Nearly 300 children were temporarily removed from the Clint detention facility in Texas after media reports alleged horrifying conditions within: sick children whose clothes were covered in mucus, children who had only brushed their teeth a single time since being detained, and children sleeping on concrete floors. Many of those children have since been returned to the Clint facility.The increasingly dire conditions in detention facilities across the U.S. southern border are part and parcel of the Trump administration’s immigration agenda. The increasing scarcity of resources at Border Patrol stations and ICE detention facilities, from access to adequate medical care to beds and bathrooms with potable water, are the consequences of an immigration system straining to accommodate an increasing number of detainees-as well as, advocates posit, a purposeful warning to would-be migrants in Central America thinking of heading north.“The Trump administration’s focus, almost since its inception, has been deterrence of asylum-seekers,” said Melissa Crow, a senior supervising attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center. According to Crow, members of the Trump administration have determined that if detention facilities were better staffed and better maintained, “then more people would come.”“The constraints are sort of artificial,” Crow said.Instability at the Department of Homeland Security-due in no small part to pressure from the White House to enact an unpopular, occasionally contradictory agenda-has likely played a part in bureaucratic difficulties.Within the past two two months, the Department of Homeland Security has seen the resignations of Nielsen, Acting ICE Director Ron Vitiello, Acting Deputy Secretary Claire Grady, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Lee Francis Cissna, and, as of Tuesday morning, Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection John Sanders. Later on Tuesday, it was announced that Mark Morgan, acting director of ICE, would be named as Sanders’ successor.But at the heart of the worsening conditions in detention centers, advocates for immigrants in the legal system said, is a lack of concern for the children and families being held within them.“We have billions of dollars in appropriations meant to address the humanitarian crisis on the border,” said Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. “Why do we still have children who are sleeping on floors?”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.