The Problems Of Residential Schools

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Imagine beating a child senseless because they spoke a language they were taught from birth. Imagine punishing a child by secluding them from everyone else in a dark room because they wouldn’t eat a meal that was rotten. Presently speaking, this type of behavior from a parent or guardian would be outrageous and inhumane! Canada is now known as a multicultural country, with rights for those, including children, residing in this country both permanently or temporarily.
This is why I pose the question, why are Indigenous people forced to live in a country where they feel unwelcome, unequal, and shameful? Indigenous does mean native or first to a country. In my opinion they should have, if not equal, the most, rights in this country. However, they have lost rights to their land, freedom, cultural values, traditions, and much more. Why? Many of this is due to the fact that residential schools existed.
In the 1800’s residential schools were built for two primary objectives, “to remove and isolate children from the influences of their homes, families, traditions and cultures, and to assimilate them into the dominant culture.” (Erin Hanson, 2009, para.1) Children were brutally abused both physically and emotionally, stripped of their independence and rights, and forced to change their beliefs and alter their cultural heritage.
Children that were forced to reside in these institutions were frequently abused and punished for behaviors that didn’t deserve consequences. One example…

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