7-year-old FN given "haircut" by teacher's aide - authorities say "no big deal"
Have you seen the film footage of residential schools giving Aboriginal children haircuts? Apparently some of the traditions are alive and well. What is truly disturbing is the police, the Crown, and the school authorities not seeing that it's a big deal. Their predecessors I'm sure felt the same way.
A Thunder Bay woman is demanding an explanation after a teacher's aide at her son's school cut his long hair — an action her lawyer says is clearly assault while the Crown insists there are no grounds for charges. [...]
The seven-year-old boy had chin-length hair before the incident last month. His mother said staff at McKellar Park Central Public School were aware her son was letting his hair grow so that he could take part in traditional First Nations dancing.
The mother told CBC News she was stunned when her son told her it was a teacher's assistant who lopped off 10 centimetres of his hair.
"I said, 'Why did she do this? Did she say anything?'" said the mother. "And he said, 'No, and after she cut my hair, she took me by the shoulders and forced me to stand in front of the mirror. She made me stand there and said look at you now.'"