Residential School Vs. Residential Schools

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When taking this program one of the first subject learned within the first nations course was residential schools, and how they were one of many elements to the colonization of the First Nations peoples. When in class talking about residential schools could be summed up with discussing displacement and how the Europeans would take indigenous children to schools far from their homes, cut their hair, and feed them food they weren 't used to. According to Eric Hanson, “Two primary objectives of the residential school system were to remove and isolate children from the influence of their homes, families, traditions and cultures, and to assimilate them into the dominant culture” (2009). Based off this knowledge but not limited to, the class …show more content…
If they were caught, they would experience severe punishment.”

Native traditions can include spiritual practice, beliefs, language, clothing and more which were all forbidden to be participated in. This not only oppresses the child, but causes anxiety knowing that if they 're caught punishment would follow afterwards.
These elements that make up the Indigenous culture were forbidden to the children attending these schools, and in turn are replaced with western beliefs systems. Belief systems in some cases would be Christianity since Church 's ran the school at that time; “..The Roman Catholic Church operated three-fifths, the Anglican Church one-quarter and the United and Presbyterian Churches the remainder.” (Miller, J.R, 2012, para 3). Its safe to assume that because the Church ran these schools Christianity was imposed on them, and that once these schools were officially closed the trauma that students may have gotten from their punishments could have stemmed from what was forced upon them to practice.
The fact Indian affairs had gotten rid of the Church within the schooling system says plenty, as one article being read says“... the Department of Indian Affairs took exclusive control of the system, marking an end to Church involvement.” (Hanson, n.d., para 15). Continuing to do research on this element of my topic, questions such as “Did the involvement of the Church, and the abuse within the Schooling have a link?” and “If so did it stop

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