The Rights Of The Aboriginal People's Assimilation Into Mainstream Society

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Simply Un-ethical In the 19th century the federal government of Canada decided that they were responsible for the aboriginal people 's assimilation into mainstream society and that they, the aboriginals, needed to adopt the British and French also known as Euro-Canadian culture, as their own. Government officials knew that the aboriginal children would be easier to mold than the adults, and therefore created residential schools specifically for them and deemed attendance mandatory. The majority of these schools were run by churches and thus one might then assume these aboriginal children were provided with a good and solid upbringing and education. But in this paper I will prove this assumption not only to be incorrect, but that the treatment of the children by all those involved was immoral and unethical. In the 1800s the non-Aboriginal population started to outnumber the First Nations people. Without the threat of war on their minds, a new perspective emerged regarding the role that British society should have with respect to the different indigenous peoples around the world. British ideals and society were considered superior to that of the aboriginal 's. Therefore, with a missionary fervour, initiatives were created to bring British civilization to the indigenous people throughout the British empire. Britain believed it was their duty to bring Christianity and agriculture to the First Nations people. The Indian Department agents found their roles shifting
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