Residential Schools For The United States

2667 Words Mar 29th, 2015 11 Pages
Residential schools play a vital role in Canada’s history. In the late 1800’s, the federal government created church-run residential schools to assimilate Aboriginal children to European and Christian ways and in doing so robbed them of their cultural identity. Many children were subject to sub-standard living conditions, barely edible food, disease, emotional, physical and sexual abuse and even death. As a result of these dreadful experiences, there arose a movement aimed at healing the survivors of residential schools. The main concept of this healing is reconciliation. To reach the goal of reconciliation one must agree to gain knowledge and understanding of survivors experiences and accept that a mistake was made by the government and associated churches when creating the residential schools for the Aboriginal people in Canada.
With the emergence of the Indian Act in 1876, the federal government took control over the education of the First Nation children . Education had previously been agreed upon by the government and the First Nation people during treaty negotiations, however both sides had separate impressions of how the education was going to be provided. The First Nations people simply stated they were looking for the education of the white man, however, the federal government saw residential schools as a means to aggressively assimilate Aboriginal children to the dominant society. Duncan Campbell Scott, Deputy Superintendent of Indian Affairs stated in 1920,…
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