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The Canadian Residential School and Their Appalling Impact on Many Aboriginal Communities.

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Residential Schools – The Canadian Holocaust
Thesis; the negative effects residential schools produced on an immense group of indigenous societies: stretching from the Yukon to Nova Scotia, enduring more then a century of cruelty and pain.

The Canadian residential school system was described by many as “killing the Indian in the child”. The first “school” was developed in the early 17th century by the Franciscans in New France, but the school had failed due to lack of students because attendance was not yet compulsory. These residential schools were primarily constructed on flat lands, in remote areas. This ensured a more difficult escape; the children could be seen for miles, seized and brought back. They came to be institutes of horror.
During the late 19th century the Canadian government took an initiative to better “educate” its first nation’s people. The department of Indian Affairs along with many religious organizations began funding these schools. Others involved were a vast list of government representatives; some still remain anonymous to this day. Various officials we know of included; local RCMP, doctors, judges, large corporations, not to mention every mainline church, including, Anglican, protestant, catholic, and the united church of Canada.
The purpose of these schools was to assimilate aboriginal youth into the Canadian-European society and better “educate” them for the fast-growing economy; it was believed they would not survive without it. What the government really wanted was to eliminate the aborigines so they wouldn’t have to deal with their “savage” neighbors while they began remolding their land.
In reality, they were the “savage” ones. They kidnapped large numbers of indigenous children and hauled them thousands of miles from their homelands, from the distractions of family and community and later blamed the community leaders for complying.
One survivor of the Kuper Island Schools said it best when he explained, “the...

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