While it is true that forcing children away from parents and into distant schools was an arrogant and harsh policy (by today’s standards), he has no grounds whatever for his assertion that the decision makers were "wicked". Wickedness or evil involves conduct in deliberate defiance of prevailing laws and social norms. And, as historian Andrew Roberts observed "Ever since the mid-1830's, the English-speaking peoples had considered it their civilising mission to apply - with varying degrees of force - their values and institutions to those areas of the world they believed would benefit from them." There’s little doubt that the residential schools were well-intentioned.
A good number of opinion leaders have done Canadians a disservice in pretending that residential schools were a well-intentioned idea gone wrong.
This is a lie plain and simple. Residential schools were a wicked idea gone wrong. They were not a beneficent attempt to bring Western education to natives but part of an orchestrated program to erase native identity and languages. It was bloodless ethnic cleansing.
John Moore’s position is an extreme one. It’s typical of the guilt-ridden, self-loathing, postmodern ‘liberal’ left that believes Western civilization, the one that resulted in their own ultra-fortunate circumstances, was built on greed and exploitation and has no redeeming qualities whatever - and anyone who begs to differ is a liar "plain and simple". Also, he’s claiming a moral superiority over his ancestors - that he would have made wiser, less "wicked" decisions - which is sanctimonious nonsense.