Aboriginal Residential Schools

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The goal of residential schools was to remove the aboriginal children from their natural environment (Aboriginal Canada Portal.) They were put in these schools to assimilate them: Take away their way of life, their customs and values and civilize them according to the proper Christian way (Aboriginal Canada Portal.) They were stripped of the rights to speak their native language and practice their traditional beliefs (Religious Tolerance.) The government/ religion set up of residential school was a legitimized ways of removing children from their families, tribes and communities, and forcing them to give up their beliefs and cultural identities (Nan Youth.) They justified these set-ups, by saying that they were civilizing the children and…show more content…
The use of non-native teachers was a strategy they used to “brain wash” the children (Comeau and Santin 95-97.) The children were forced to look upon these teachings or tutors as their model and in some circumstance their “masters.” These non-native teachers are unfamiliar to the native cultures, therefore their values and beliefs that are taught would conform to the Christian, white-man values (Comeau and Santin 95-97.) The children are forced to learn these values instead of aboriginal values and costumes if an aboriginal teacher was used (Comeau and Santin 95-97.) The quality of their education was unacceptable to say the least (Religious Tolerance.) The institute that was set up was not to “educate” these children just to assimilate them in the Christian ideology of the time that was part of some Canadian community’s (Religious Tolerance.) In result, the product of their teachings, left the first nations helpless, and one of the biggest impacts of the residential school system is the trauma left behind, as well it could take form of child sexual abuse, spousal abuse, alcoholism, delinquency, and vandalism (Comeau and Santin…show more content…
Considering the money on the schools was a waste, this was unfortunate for the
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