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THE HIGHLIGHTS

All eyes are on Canada’s residential schools. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Back in the 19th and 20th centuries, Canada forced indigenous youth to attend boarding schools run by gov and religious authorities. The goal? Assimilation. Fast forward to 2008, and Canada formally apologized for these schools - known as residential schools - and paid billions of dollars to tens of thousands of survivors. Seven years later, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada declared that the whole system of residential schools amounted to genocide. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Recently, a mass grave containing the remains of 215 kids was discovered at a former residential school in the Canadian province of British Columbia. The school - the largest in the residential system - had as many as 500 students at its peak and shut down in 1978. 

 

THE REACTION. 

Outrage. Grief. Calls for justice and accountability. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the mass grave is a “painful reminder” of a “shameful chapter of our country’s history.” Meanwhile, the First Nation, which is made up of groups of Canadian indigenous peoples, is demanding an investigation into residential schools throughout Canada - plus working with authorities to figure out the causes and timing of the deaths. 

 

THE TAKE.

All this comes amidst the start of National Indigenous History Month in Canada. 


THE ACTION

PEOPLE: Today, Prez Biden is set to visit Tulsa, Oklahoma, to mark the anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. Reminder: back in 1921, Tulsa was home to the affluent Black neighborhood of Greenwood - aka Black Wall Street. Then, starting May 31st and ending June 1st, a white supremacist mob that included police officers and city officials attacked Greenwood, raiding and setting fire to buildings and killing hundreds of Black people. A hundred years later, no one has been prosecuted in connection with the massacre. Meanwhile, Pope Francis just intro’d a new Vatican law that criminalizes sexual abuse of adults by priests and laypeople. And in other news, Mexico is accusing Zara and Anthropologie of culturally appropriating indigenous designs. Cue demands for “benefits” for the indigenous population. 

 

POLITICS: Israel could be getting ready to wave goodbye to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Quick refresher: over the last couple years, the country’s headed to the polls a total of five times. None of those elections resulted in a clear winner - and so far, any attempts to create a coalition of parties have failed. Scratch that, because recently, it was revealed that the leaders of a small right-wing party and a centrist party are working toward forming a new gov that’d have them taking turns as prime minister. Suspense, thick. In other news, Belarus is banning most citizens from going abroad. This comes after the country was heavily sanctioned for hijacking a plane to arrest a dissident who was on board. 

 

WORLD: Recently, Peru reviewed its coronavirus data...and more than doubled its death toll. The number now stands at around 180,000, up from nearly 70,000. This makes Peru the country with the world’s highest death rate per capita. Meanwhile, China’s making a major change to its rules around kids. ICYMI, in 1979, the country implemented its one-child policy in an effort to combat overpopulation and poverty. China loosened that policy in 2016 to allow two kids, but the change hasn’t done much to help its lagging population growth and looming demographic crisis. Now, the gov is announcing that it will let couples have up to three kids. Not yet clear whether the switch will be very effective. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Naomi Osaka:” who’s dropping out of the French Open after being fined for skipping media obligations. 


SAY WHAT?

“The hidden costs of owning a superyacht” - an actual headline and a problem everyone can clearly relate to. 

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