What Are The Effects Of Residential Schools On Aboriginal People

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The effects of Canadian Residential Schools on Modern Generation of Aboriginal People On 11 June 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivered in Parliament a statement of apology where he said , "Today, we recognize this policy of assimilation was wrong, has caused great harm, and has no place in our country. The Government of Canada sincerely apologizes and asks the forgiveness of the Aboriginal peoples of this country for failing them so profoundly." For over a century, the government removed Aboriginal children from their homes and placed them in residential schools in an attempt to assimilate them into Euro-Canadian and Christian society .However , as government declared, “The government now recognizes that the consequences of the Indian Residential Schools policy were profoundly negative and that…show more content…
Isolated from their homes, punished for speaking in their own language children become distanced from their culture. As Reimer says, “… the residential school experience left students feeling alienated from their community, creating generation gaps. Prolonged and repeated periods of separation between parents and children living in different worlds resulted in an inability to communicate in terms of language, but more-so in terms of not being able to connect and relate to each other. “ This experiences resulted in loss of culture , identity , spirituality and nation; besides , or Aboriginal people it wasn’t an abrupt event, but continued in one form or another through centuries of intense pain and suffering, In conclusion, we can easily see from these few examples, just some of the negative effects of residential schools , not only on their students but on entire Aboriginal society . Tragically, the effects of residential schools and issues of the native community will take generation to
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