Cultural Genocide Essay

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“Cultural genocide”, that is exactly what happened when the white man colonized the Indian. To the outsider, Canada appears to be a ‘perfect’ country. From our free healthcare to our need to profusely apologize for bumping into inanimate objects, we are a nation envied by many. Our greatest strength lies in our diversity and multiculturalism. In our current Prime Minister’s words “diversity is at the very heart of Canada. It is who we are and what we do.” However, there is a part of our history not known too many. And only recently have they established this to be taught as part of our school curriculum. That is, the forgotten history behind residential schools.
A short documentary on the Regina Indian Industrial School (RIIS) primarily focused
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This also included names of their parents and which Aboriginal tribe they belonged too. After a while, you could tell that not much thought was being put into these records and the ones recorded did not care to record all of the information possible. This showed a lack of thought and sympathy towards these children. However, what was most astounding was that from all the written records they found, there was never a mention of a cemetery. Essentially, life moved on and everything unmarked was just left there with no one to hold these people accountable.
The unmarked cemetery found on Pinkie Road was unknown to many aboriginal people. In a sense it provided solace to the parents who never saw their children return home and were given no information about. At least they now knew where these children were buried. However, it is heartbreaking to imagine that some parents never saw their children again once they were taken from
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The documentary RIIS from Amnesia was created to inform the public of this burial site, but especially to give some sort of comfort to the First Nation parents who never saw their kid’s returns home to them. To honor the children buried in the cemetery on Pinkie Road a Memorial Walk took place in October 2014. This was also another tool used to bring awareness to the community at large about Canada’s ugly past. As Dr. Daschuk perfectly says it in the documentary, “at least if we know about what happened, maybe we can move on together, because if people know, then it becomes

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