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Colonization is an Act of Genocide
The following appplies in North America but since it is not taught in schools, apparently Native People are not considered to be the colonized. I beg to differ... Trace
Maori and Indigenous Analysis Ltd
Colonisation is an act of Genocide
Màori researcher Dr Leonie Pihama says the use of the term holocaust is
appropriate and valid description of the impact of colonial genocide on
Radio New Zealand panel featured Taranaki Màori academic Keri Opai
word holocaust to describe colonisation for Màori. The NZ Jewish
his use of the term was "diminishing and trivialising of the
experience". Dr Pihama says the NZ Jewish council are
"basically incorrect" in
their response. She states "The term holocaust
refers to deliberate acts of
genocide and ethnocide against groups of
people, and that is exactly what
occurred here in Aotearoa. There was a
deliberate and planned process of
colonisation that sought the extermination
of our people. That is clear and well
conventions define genocide as "any of the following acts
intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical,
religious group , as such: as killing members of the group;
members of the group;
(ii) causing serious bodily or mental harm to
members of the group;
(ii) deliberately inflicting on the group
conditions of life calculated to
bring about its physical destruction in
whole or in part;
(iii) imposing measures intended to prevent births
within the group;
(iv) forcibly transferring children of this group to
The definition of genocide by the United Nations is
clearly one that reflects
the experience of Màori people and there needs to
be a greater awareness of the
reality of the history of this country and of
other Indigenous Nations. "There
is clear historical evidence of acts of
genocide that were undertaken by
successive white settler Presidents in
America. Hitler modelled many of his
oppressive acts on the forced removal
and murder of Native Amerian people and
the imprisonment of thousands in
concentration camps" states Dr Pihama.
Dr Pihama notes that Màori use of
the term 'holocaust' should not be viewed
as in any way diminishing the
experience of Jewish people and others that were
targeted by Hitler and Nazi
Germany. She says clearly that Maori have always
actively acknowledged that
history and the impact of it. Dr Pihama explains
"This is not about
comparing experiences. The reference by Mr Opai is directed
historical trauma and post traumatic stress experienced by our tupuna and
generations of our people who continue to live with that impact on our own
http://www.scoop. co.nz/stories/ PO1202/S00076/
colonisation- is-an-act- of-genocide. htm
Closed adoptions are a form of cultural genocide... Trace
Canada's Residential Schools
The religious organizations that operated the schools — the Anglican Church of Canada, Presbyterian Church in Canada, United Church of Canada, Jesuits of English Canada and some Catholic groups — in 2015 expressed regret
for the “well-documented” abuses. The Catholic Church has never offered an official apology, something that Trudeau and others have repeatedly called for.
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