The Negative Effects Of Residential Schools Essay

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What resonated with me most were the negative effects of residential schools. I always knew what they were, schools created and funded by the Canadian government that forcibly and harmfully attempted to assimilate Aboriginal children into a Western societal culture, but I never knew how their effects lived on. These schools and their abusive teaching methods caused many Aboriginal peoples to become, as defined by Frierdes (2008) “socially dysfunctional” (p. 319). This led to their inability to impart their Aboriginal identity and knowledge on their offspring. These consequences stem from the residential schools forcing the children to abandon their Aboriginal identities. While Aboriginal worldview and Aboriginal identity are significant elements of Aboriginal life on their own, they work together to shape how Aboriginal peoples learn. For example, Russel Lawrence Barsh and Chantelle Marlor’s “Driving Bison and Blackfoot Science” (2003) describes the learning techniques of the Blackfoot. In need of the valuable food resource of Bison, the Blackfoot had a myriad of learning techniques available to them. They could have studied the Bison, observed their actions and learned how to control them to their advantage. They could have similarly observed wolves, learned how to mimic the wolves’ actions and therefor be able to influence Bison as wolves do. Instead of the above learning techniques, the Blackfoot became one with the wolves by becoming wolves. They dressed, acted and…

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