The Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada is pleased to be sponsoring a celebratory launch for Leilani Muir’s autobiographical book “A Whisper Past” on Saturday May 24th in the Borealis Room on the 4th floor of the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA), 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton.
Doors at 4:00 pm. Introductions and a reading at 4:30, reception will follow. Appetizers & complimentary non-alcoholic drinks will be served. A cash bar is available from 5 pm – 7 pm.
Copies of Leilani’s book will be available for purchase and Leilani will be signing books.
March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day, and 2014 is the ninth year in which it has been held, and the third in which it has been recognized by the United Nations. I want to start this post with an already-widely viewed video from CoorDown that has been up for less than a week, and step back from there. The video is called “DEAR FUTURE MOM”:
At the time of writing, this video had been viewed over 1.6 million times in 6 days, with over 500 comments on it. It’s clearly designed to be emotional and to directly send a number of messages, including at least these: anxieties about having a child with Down syndrome are understandable but overblown; children with Down syndrome will likely bring much joy and richness to the lives of any family they are in, and particularly to mothers; and Down syndrome does not obliterate or subhumanize the person who has it.
The need for those messages, and perhaps others, to be sent, loud and clear, is grounded in the sad fact that parental fears associated with potentially having a child who will have Down syndrome are amongst the highest risk factors for people with Down syndrome. This is because Continue reading
Continuing the Edmonton Journal’s pursuit of this story–see the early “Death by government” post.
The Edmonton Journal has just run a story, “Fatal Care: Foster Care Tragedies Cloaked in Secrecy”, following a four-year struggle to access government records on the foster care system and deaths in them. According to the report, the number of deaths that occurred amongst children who had been removed from their parents by child protection staff for their own safety is 300% more than the number reported by the government. And a “third of children who die in care are babies, another third are teenagers, and the vast majority are aboriginal.” You can read the article here http://www.edmontonjournal.com/life/Fatal+care+Foster+care+tragedies+cloaked+secrecy/9203131/story.html . There is a lot to absorb in it.