Trap… and relocate – Columbia Valley Pioneer

by ahnationtalk on June 16, 2017374 Views

By Dean Midyette
Pioneer Staff

“When the school is on the reserve, the child lives with its parents, who are savages, and though he may learn to read and write, his habits and training mode of thought are Indian. He is simply a savage who can read and write. It has been strongly impressed upon myself, as head of the Department, that Indian children should be withdrawn as much as possible from the parental influence, and the only way to do that would be to put them in central training industrial schools where they will acquire the habits and modes of thought of white men.”
Sir John A MacDonald, 1879

This year, National Aboriginal Day falls on Wednesday, June 21st. There will be events celebrating our local First Nations culture on Sunday June 18th at the Lakeshore Resort and Campground and on Friday June 23rd at the Shuswap Community building. These ceremonies honour Nations that are over 10,000 years old.

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