Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Is Canada a Country That Hates Its Young?
You don't think because we're a country where a lot of people want to put more young Canadians in prison, and keep them there longer. For "crimes" like smoking marijuana.
A country where native teens are still disappearing or dying far from their homes.
Wabasse, 15, is one of seven native teens to have disappeared from the Thunder Bay area since 2000. All had come from remote northern reserves to attend high school because there was no suitable school for them back home.
A country where a mentally disturbed teenager was treated like an animal. Until she killed herself, while her guards watched and did nothing.
Known as a teenager who did not follow prison rules, and who participated in numerous self-injurious behaviours for attention, Smith was kept for most of her time in federal custody restrained in a segregated cell.
According to a number of psychiatric reports, Smith most likely suffered from mental issues but never received the adequate treatment while incarcerated.
A country where anti-gay bullying in our schools is out of control.
A country that shrugged its shoulders while a Canadian child soldier was tortured in Guantanamo.
A country that mocked the NDP's new MPs for the "crime" of being young. A country where the youth unemployment rate is twice the national average, and nobody gives a damn.
You don't think all of the above might explain why we never see videos on TV like this one from Ireland?
Are we a country that hates its young people? Have the boomers and older Canadians lost faith in the future? Is demography destiny?
I hope not eh?
But sometimes I wonder...
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