Monday, July 23, 2007

The forced assimilation of Aboriginal children in Canada

Suzanne FOURNIER and Ernie GREY relate the truth about the “abduction” of native children in Canada by the State & Church as a result of the Indian Act of 1876 that gave the Minister of Indian & Northern Affairs intrusive rights. To discover more about the waning of Aboriginal culture in this country due to "lawful abduction" of children, who were forced into Residential Schools or put into Foster homes, read STOLEN FROM OUR EMBRACE, the abduction of First Nations children and the restoration of Aboriginal communities (ISBN: 978-1-55054-661-3). Published in June 1998, the authors share their experiences and that of their community members along with the effect that such forced assimilation had on them, and their search for their identiry, for their culture.
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Indian Act of 1876
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Sunday, July 22, 2007

The Franco-American Connection BLOG

Jacques L'Heureux
Columbia, MD
has a BLOG that should be of interest to everyone researching French-Canadian and Franco-American ancestors. It would be well worth your time to
click on the ORANGE TITLE above
to be brought to his BLOG.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Canadian Home Children

Those of us, who are interested in Canadian genealogy, have eventually come upon the HOME CHILDREN, who were sent from their homeland (England or Ireland) to work for Canadian families. Not much is known about their daily living experiences in Canada in the late 1800's, i.e. not until JEAN LITTLE wrote a novel about 2 of these children based upon much research. Her book, "ORPHAN AT THE DOOR: The Home Child Diary of Victoria Cope," brings you right into the heart of the situation of a Home Child in a strange land and what these siblings lived at the hands of their "employers."
While lexperiencing Canadian life in Ontario with these Home Children, I was also introduced to the author, Jean LITTLE, via the blurb on the jacket of the book. From there I Googled and ended up on her website, only to discover that she is a prolific blind person, who has shared the results of her vivid imagination and thus has helped us to see WITHIN the heart of our fellowmen via her novels.
Learn more about JEAN LITTLE
by visiting her website.
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if you're interested in knowing more about
Canadian Home Children.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Father Émilien TARDIF (1928-1999)

Born June 6, 1920 in Saint-Zacharie, Beauce County, QC, Émilien TARDIF was the son of Léonidas & Anna LAROCHELLE. In 1940, the family moved to Rapide-Danseur in the Abitibi region of Québec.
In 1949-09-08 Émilien made profession in the religious community of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC: Missionaires du Sacré-Coeur). In 1955-06-24, he was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in Rapide-Danseur. In September 1956, he left for the Dominican Republic where he taught at the Minor Seminary of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, worked for the Amigo del Hogar magazine, was named "superior" of the mission in the Dominican Republic, and in 1971 he became Administrative Provincial of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in that country.
Later, Father TARDIF founded the community of lay persons known as the Servants of the Living Christ (Serviteurs du Christ Vivant), which, in 1999, had more than 300 members. He opened several community homes in the Dominican Republic as well as in the state of Florida in the U.S.
In 1973, Father TARDIF returned to Canada because of failing health and was cared for at Laval Hospital in Québec City, QC. . While in hospital, he met members of the Charismatic Movement. Once cured of his health problems, he began preaching retreats throughout the world.
Father TARDIF's first book: Jésus a fait de moi un témoin, sold more than one million copies. It was translated into 18 languages. He wrote 2 more books before dying in 1999-06-08 while preaching a retreat to priests in Cordoba, ARGENTINA. His funeral was held in the stadium in San Domingo, Dominican Republic, and he is buried in Santiago de Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic.
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Father Émilien TARDIF's ancestry,
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