The Impact Of Residential Schools On Communities And Families

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The Impact of Residential Schools on Communities & Families When residential schools began the kids were forcibly taken away, leaving the parents at home alone with no one to look after but each other. This became a huge issue within the communities because a huge part of First Nations life and culture is to educate your children, pass on the culture and to take care of them. These parents couldn’t do that, which left them feeling helpless and broken. Children are a huge part of First Nations culture, they are the future of the indigenous culture, if they are taken out of that cultural bubble at a young age and assimilated they will not be able to continue passing on the traditional ways of their ancestors. First Nations children are the future of the Aboriginal culture and its history by taking them away to those residential schools so long ago the churches/government have disrupted the education they would have received from their parents. Patricia Angus-Monture explains that First Nations children are the building blocks for the future of First Nations peoples, “When children of original ancestry are removed from their homes and communities: The traditional circle of life is broken. This leads to a breakdown of the family, community, and breaks the bonds of love between the parents and the child. To constructively set out to break the Circle of Life is destructive and is literally destroying Native communities and Native cultures” (Angus,1995). Showing First Nations

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