7-Year Old Anishnawbe Boy Haircut fr. Teacher Aide
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We, the undersigned, feel that any child, regardless of race, colour, religion, or gender should not have to be subjected to ridicule or any other attack on their self-esteem and self-concept on the basis of their hair length.
Therefore, we feel that the response by the Crown to not take any action towards the issue of a 7-year old Aboriginal boy having his hair cut (of which the Teacher's Aide in this instance had been fully aware of its being grown for the purpose of exercising traditional Anishnawbe spiritual values and beliefs) is an inappropriate reaction, and the Crown's inaction thus does not serve the best interests of the public.
We strongly feel that there should be prosecution with respect to this incident that occurred recently (April 16, 2009)at the McKellar Park Public School in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
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"HAIRCUT OF THE 7-YEAR OLD ABORIGINAL BOY IS UNACCEPTABLE"
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May 21/09 CBC News article: "Thunder Bay mom wants answers after teacher's aide chops off son's hair"
May 22/09 CanWest News Service article: "Family 'betrayed' after teacher cuts Ont. boy's hair"
May 25/09 Globe & Mail article: "Family outraged after student's hair cut: Treatment of seven-year-old native boy leads to accusations of intolerance"
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Sep 18/09 'APTN Investigates' television program: "Hair Cutting > September 18th, 7:00PM - 7:30PM
A young boy comes home in tears, his long hair cut against his will by an employee at his school. Why did this happen What consequences were there Was justice done Join Cheryl McKenzie in Thunder Bay, Ontario as APTN Investigates."
For a link to the archived episode of the television program 'APTN Investigates' from September 18, 2009: