Residential Schools

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In the 19th century the Canadian government believed it was responsible for educating and caring for the country’s aboriginal people. It though that native peoples best chance for success was to adopt Christianity and Canadian customs. Thus, in 1857 the Gradual Civilization Act was passed to assimilate natives. Children were the main targets, because it was believed that it would be easier to mould a young child as opposed to an adult. By assimilating the aboriginal children into the lower fringes of mainstream society, they hoped to diminish or abolish native traditions within a few generations. Schools run by churches upon government funding were created in order to separate these children from their homes. They were later named…show more content…
They recognized that the residential schools were wrong and caused great harm, as well recognizing the negative consequences of the schools. A Typical Day • The boys doing morning chores (milking cows, feeding animals, etc.) got up at about 5:30 am • Everyone else got up at 6:00 am, washed • Went to chapel for Mass • Breakfast • A sticky porridge cooked by students the night before, a piece of bread with some butter and a glass of milk • Morning cleaning duties • Classes • The first hour was religious studies • Two hours academic studies • Lunch • A mush of potatoes, carrots, turnips, cabbage and chunks of meat • Fridays - mashed up fish • Work Time/Chores • Girls learned to sew, cook and clean • Boys learned to farm and grow a garden • Some boys learned basic carpentry and shoe repair • Cleaning groups cleaned their designated part of the school (boys and girls) • Study Hour • Supper • Clean-up • Recreation Time • Prayers •
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