Development Of The Residential School System

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“I just don’t like to talk about it or even think about it. Sometimes when I am by myself, doing beadwork or something. I stop all the sudden and tears just start coming down”
: A quote from Aggie George recalling of her experience in the Lejac Indian Residential School (Legacy of Hope Foundation, 2001). In the 1880s all the way to the 1990’s roughly 150,000 aboriginal children where removed from their communities and homes to attend the residential school system set up by the government and operated by the Christian churches (Government of Canada, 2015). The purpose of these residential schools was to isolate Aboriginal children from their families and assimilate them into the dominant culture (First Nations Study Program, 2009). As the history of the residential school system unfolds it becomes evident that the Canadian Government attempted to eradicate the Aboriginals culture and lifestyle. The residential school system was a devastating crime against Aboriginal cultures and has had lasting and debilitating effects on their populations.
The residential schools were a wide spread school system that was established by the Canadian government and organized by the Christian churches (Government of Canada, 2015). The goal of these schools was to educate Aboriginal children in Christianity and to adapt them into mainstream society. The children in these schools were forced to abandon their heritage, and were separated from their families. The aboriginal school is system was…
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