General Life At The Kamloops Residential School Essay

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General life at the Kamloops Residential School was tough and grim. On the first day of school, students were given no time to learn the system or any of the English language; they were thrust into the daily routine, and European culture, very quickly. They were given identification numbers which was written on the few belongings they did have. One interviewee recalls being “denied . . . . any personal identity. “I was called, ‘Hey, 39. Where’s 39? Yes, 39, come over here. Sit over here, 39.’ That was the way it was” (“The Survivors Speak,” p. 67). In the late 1940s though, changes were made that actually benefitted some students. The introduction of high school as well as increased presence of extracurricular activities and sports meant that some students were occasionally excused from chapel service and time spent doing chores was reduced. Soccer, basketball, boxing, and dance were some of the activities offered and “Many people felt that simply getting away from the school was the major attraction of participation” (Haig-Brown, 1988, p. 76). An extremely small number of boys (five or six) were able to participate in “semi-private dialogic meetings with stimulating teachers” (Haig-Brown, 1988, p. 78) but this education was limited:
Although these lessons were highly stimulation for those few, many of whom went on to become chiefs and leaders, they were not considered appropriate or wise for the vast majority of children. This kind of careful selection and…

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