The Indian Residential School Systems Essay

908 Words Nov 15th, 2016 4 Pages
The ultimate goal of colonization was to assimilate and integrate Indigenous people into Canadian society. As a result, there wouldn’t be any Aboriginal culture left in Canada. Acts such as the British North American Act was set out to break their culture and identity apart. 1 This process of colonization has not only affected the Indigenous people of Canada, but also Canada as a whole. Therefore, Canadians are working together to fix these problems by reconciliation. The reconciliation efforts has been adequate because more Aboriginal people are sharing their personal experience for awareness and more non-Indigenous Canadians are giving support to the survivors; however, it has fallen short since the government hasn’t affectively took account of key recommendations such as education and child welfare.
The Indian residential school systems were a key element to cultural genocide because it destroyed practices that allowed the Aboriginal people of Canada to stay as one group.2 The children of Indigenous people were separated from their parents and sent to residential schools to break their link to their culture and identity.3 These schools were started by Canadian churches in 1867. By 1930, there were 80 residential schools as the government got involved in establishing larger ones.4 The purpose was to kill all “Indian” attributes of a child and turn them into “Caucasians.”5 This system ran for 120 years and ended in the late 1990’s.6 It is estimated that at least 150,000…

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