Diversity & Equity Newsletter
Disability Independence Day
This year marks the 31st anniversary of the signing of the ADA. Many disability organizations are holding events to celebrate the ADA, our accomplishments as a community, and look towards the future and what changes still need to be made for the disability community to have true equity and liberation in our society.
Take some time this month to find disability pride organizations around you, and maybe attend some events celebrating disability and the impact disabled people have on their community!
Residential Boarding Schools, The Aftermath
During this time, children were removed from their families and forbidden from speaking their native language and practicing their religions and lifestyles. Schools were often crowded, so disease spread easily, which led to some students dying while attending these schools.
Deb Haaland, Cabinet Secretary and first Native American person nominated to serve on the Presidential Cabinet, has announced a new initiative called the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative in the United States. This initiative will look into the records of these schools, and work to identify possible burial grounds and tribal affiliations of the children. The hope is that this initiative will bring some closure to Native American communities and that the wound of missing children can finally be addressed.
Check Out These Resources!
- Independence Day For Americans with Disabilities - NPR
- Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative - The New York Times
- The Traumatic Legacy of Indian Boarding Schools - The Atlantic
- Uncovering The 'Unspoken Traumas' Of Native American Boarding Schools - NPR
- Discovery of Remains of 215 Children at Indian Residential School in Canada - Native News Online
- Canada: 751 unmarked graves found at residential school - BBC News
- 182 Bodies Found Near Third Canadian Residential School - Newsweek