Fear and Loathing in Lamanite Territory: Lessons from Canadas Truth and Reconciliation Commission to the Mormon Indian Placement Program

Kevin Snow

Abstract


In December 2015, Canada completed a 7-year Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) regarding their Indian Residential Schools program. Established in the dawn of the 1800s, the program removed tens of thousands of native children from their homes and forcibly reeducated them into white Canadian culture. The results of this program were widely regarded as catastrophic and the TRC is a first step in a long journey to physical and cultural recovery for these people, as many still lack access to adequate health care for their injuries.
In the 1940s, a similar pseudo-voluntary program was enacted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the so-called Mormons, but on a much smaller scale. The core idea behind the Mormons Indian Placement Program was nearly identical to Canadas Indian Residential Schools, but the results and reactions to the Program could not be more different. This paper will examine and assess holistic remedies for the foster children who felt their culture and history was erased by the Indian Placement Program in light of what has been learned about Canadas TRC.


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