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1880: Residential Schools & Other Quebec Curios – Montreal Rampage
by ahnationtalk onOctober 12, 2017253 Views
October 12, 2017
The story of residential schools is first and foremost a tragic one. Initially considered by both the Canadian government and leaders of the Plains Nations as something that would build the skills of children, residential schools ballooned into an uncontrollable monster. Children separated from their family were placed in the hands of often physically and sexually abusive tutors.
The powers behind residential schools have its roots in the British North America Act, with “Indian Affairs” being delegated to the federal government, though the idea of teaching the Aboriginals goes back even as far as the first contact of the Aboriginals with the French priests. The federal government, believing that they had to intervene in the education of said “Indians”, passed a law called the Indian Act in 1876 that intended to create schools to assimilate the Aboriginal children into “civilised”, mostly white, society, and actively collaborated with religious institutions in order to create their vision of education.