Children Of The Indian Residential Schools

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More than 150,000 First Nations children between the age of 4-16 attended the Indian Residential schools (Anishinabek Nation). These children were abused physically, sexually, emotionally and were banned from speaking their native language. Residential schools formed strained relationships in Canada today because they tried to put an end to the Indigenous culture, they made indigenous children feel ashamed of their culture and most Canadians have ended up with one-sided version of history.
For a very long period of time aboriginal children as young as four years of age were forcefully taken away from their families to establishments known as residential schools which were run by the federal government and religious orders. The Canadian
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These residential schools sought to turn the aboriginal children into Europeans and the approach was quite unfair; everything the Aboriginal children received was always inferior to what the European children got. They tried to define what was normal for the children indirectly telling them that their way of life generally is not normal. The statement below sums up the main aim of the Europeans in creating the residential schools.
‘residential schools refer to an extensive school system set up by the Canadian government and administered by churches that had the nominal objective of educating Aboriginal children but also the more damaging and equally explicit objectives of indoctrinating them into Euro-Canadian and Christian ways of living and assimilating them into mainstream Canadian society’ (Hanson)
The life in residential schools was very hard for the aboriginal children as the aim of the Europeans was to totally get rid of the aboriginal culture. Their hair was cut short, they had to wear uniforms and they lived according to whatever was on their timetables. (Hanson) When the kids are taken to residential schools at first, they are given numbers instead of names until they are given an English name. (Sinclair) The children
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