Residential Schools in Canada for the Aborigines Essay

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Aboriginal Education in Canada


What do you believe was the goal of the Canadian government and church in planning and running residential schools? Why?

Schooling is considered one of the key aspects that bring about change in any society. Even before the establishment of the residential schools, schooling was something that was taking place in the country of Canada. As the only process that can change the structure and capacity of the human intellect and exposure, schooling is vital in Canada. Initially, the indigenous Canada was facing myriad challenges in accessing education. Schooling became a weapon that was also used by the Christian movement in a bid to reinforce the prospects of reaching out to many people with the gospel of Christianity. As with the Canadian indigenous people, much was needed to reinforce the spread of this Christianity that came with schooling (Regan, 2010). The study, thus, gives critical reasons that led the government in Canada and Christian movement in this country, to seek to establish residential schools in the country. The government, and run by the Christina movements, financed the residential schools.


It is clear that the Canadian government was facing the challenge of accessing all of its population with education.

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Schooling was a difficult thing to come by, as many of the indigenous people were not free to let their children participate in The indigenous communities saw no need to have their populace access education even when it had been brought to their doorstep (Fontaine, 2010). In fact, the entire population was illiterate and hence they could not even comprehend the English language that was used to bring Christianity and education to them. In a matter of time, it became necessary that all the population of the young people is put in some place where they will be given everything including Education alone was not sufficient or necessary because many community members struggled to raise anything for their upkeep. Thus, the creation of the residential schools was the aim of taking out those who needed education, most of which was done by force, as a way of fostering education and Christianity to them (Sellars, 2013).

Education was a necessity for transformation. The indigenous community was not willing to let the children participate in education through schooling. For the sake of having a universal change in the lives of all of those who needed education, it became necessary that the government establishes a place where all the children would be locked up and fed with Education was a necessity as it was seen.....

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Fontaine, T. (2010). Broken Circle: The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential Schools: A Memoir. Surrey, B.C.: Heritage House.

Niezen, R. (2013). Truth and Indignation: Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools. North York, Ontario, Canada: University of Toronto Press

Regan, P. (2010). Unsettling the Settler within Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling, and Reconciliation in Canada. Vancouver [u.a.: UBC Press.

Sellars, B. (2013). They called me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Talonbooks

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