The And Civilized Dichotomy Between Indigenous Peoples And Other Canadians

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Indigenous peoples of Canada and across the world have once enjoyed peace in their respective lands. They enjoyed very simple lives for the sake of one’s family and their own lively hood. However, over time, European political processes such as Colonialism emerged for social, political and economic purposes to explore and to find new ways to make money, or to find land. During the 1600s, British settlers found their way to a large piece of land up North in the Western hemisphere, called Kanata. Colonialism is a process that imposes one group’s cultural, religious, political and social practices unto another ethnic group while simultaneously settling and using the land for profit. One can say colonialism has been used to turn the wild, carefree Indian savage into a productive, Christian Canadian, who is civilized and is accepted by society’s standards. The savagery and civilized dichotomy that exists between Indigenous peoples and other Canadians is problematic and ironic, this can be see through Canadian Law statutes, court cases, the education system and even the United Church. Using the Indian Act of 1876, the court case Blackwater v. Plint, and students’ testimonies from residential schools. The following paper will be an analysis and critique of residential schools and their contribution to colonialism and assimilation and why it’s ironic for them to discuss the savagery and civilized dichotomy in residential schools when the Canadian government and the United Church
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