A Long Lasting Impacts Of Residential Schools

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From the late 1800’s to 1996 more than 100,000 aboriginal children attended residential schools in Canada. At a majority of these government operated schools there were reports of emotional, physical, sexual and spiritual abuse along with punishment for cultural activities. Residential schools were implemented to liberate aboriginal people from their savage ways in order for them to survive in the modernizing society.1 To a majority of the current Canadian population, impacts of residential schooling are a part of a distant past, disassociated from today’s events, this misconception. Long lasting impacts as a result of residential schooling include minimal education leading to poverty, stigmatization by the non-aboriginal public, abuses of aboriginal rights in areas such as land and the environment and the growing loss of Indigenous cultures in younger generations. With the continuing misconception of the history and lasting impact of residential schools conflict between Indigenous people and the Canadian Government has not ceased, but increased. Residential schools were created because both the Federal Government and Prairie Nations wanted to include schooling of aboriginal children in the treaties of the 1870s, though for severely different reasons. Aboriginal leaders hoped Euro-Canadian schooling would enable their young to learn the skills of the modernizing society and help them make a successful transition to a world dominated by settlers. With the passing of the
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