Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Part 1: Residential Schools

In our history class up to this point, we've spent a lot of time focussing on the aboriginal people of Canada and the significant events that involved them. One of the things we focussed on were the residential schools for aboriginal children and I was asked to answer the following questions.

1. The Residential schools were significant to the aboriginal people of Canada. The aboriginal children were taken from a young age and forced to abandon their beliefs, language and family. At the time, this issue did not affect anyone else. English children could still practice their beliefs and speak their language when they went to school and the whole concept of the residential schools was to convert the beliefs of the aboriginal  children so that the future generations would be more like the english people living in Canada.

2. The event sheds light on the long-lasting issue of problems between the aboriginal people and the government. The way the aboriginal children were treated at the residential schools was extremely cruel and unnecessary. The survivors were never given a formal apology from the government until Stephen Harper apologized in 2008. Even though this apology has been made, a lot of the damage is still present. There is still some issues with money between the government and aboriginal people and the relationship is still not where it should be.

3. I think the residential schools will continue to be significant for the aboriginal people for a very long time. In 10 years many of the survivors may still be alive and in 25 years there children will still be sharing the stories. However, unless this issue keeps being talked about in schools, I think this topic may be forgotten by some people as the years go on. People who were not affected personally by this may and who aren’t well informed may forget about this topic in 10 or 25 years.

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