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 was asked to send in reflections discussing how they felt on the subject, and of course class discussions got very emotional/passionate. When someone puts themselves in another’s shoes trying to understand what its like to be put in these situations, and the horrors there are many emotions to be felt. Personally I would 've liked for the topic of residential schools to continue to get a deeper understanding, and more knowledge of what had taken place during that time period. For this assignment I wanted to learn more about residential schools outside of class discussions, documentaries and have the chance to learn from another standpoint. For this research essay I 'll be exploring Residential schools and how they 've effected First Nations…

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