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The study of First Nations in Canada
Transcript of The study of First Nations in Canada
And why their study is too prolonged
The study of first nations culture and history in canada
We learn about First Nations our entire lives when we don't even want to. The study of residential schools is extremely sad but also very hippocritical. What I mean by that is that in the schools, children were forced to learn things they didn't want to learn. I know that this is one of the many terrible things that happenned in residential schools but it is an issue that I know everyone but me is too scared to address in our every day lives.
The punishment in the residential schools was awful. It truly is heartbreaking, but it does not mean that this generation should have to be told this their entire lives because it is a waste of time.
We shouldn't suffer because others suffered. I know that our suffering isn't even near the same degree, but in the modern world, in today's world, this about the worst it gets for children in schools.
They were necessary.
You must really hate me for those last words, but before you flip a table and murder me in rage,please let me elaborate on that topic and explain what I mean.
Just bad methods
The intent of residential schools was not completely wrong, but the way that the christian culture was forced on them was terrible. Their methods were terrible and wrong, but their intent to change the First Nations culture was not entirely wrong. They wanted the First Nations people to learn the ways of the white people, who were the majority of our country at the time and maybe even now. What was done wrong in residential schools is very obvious, although if there was nothing done incorrectly and the colonisers taught the First Natins their ways in the correct manner, then would we still be studying this?
Everything else that happened to the First Nations was also wrong-ish yet necessary.
How much was necessary?
The colonization of canada was explained to us all to be completely, 100% wrong, unfair, injust and that it should not have even happened in the first place, and I'm saying that not much of this is true, and even if it was, it doesn't matter.
Again, this too, was necessary.
If Canada was not colonized by the white man, none of us would be here right now. None of us would live here, none of us would know each other and I wouldn't even be in this classroom right now giving this presentation, now sit right there in your chair right now, close your eyes and really, deeply intensely think about that for a minute. Open your eyes. I know that lots of us wouldn't even exist, if Canada wasn't colonized, I sure wouldn't be.
I was told that in the process of Canada's colonization, the First Nations tribe leaders who agreed that whatever fraction of their land that was being taken away from them had no idea what they were agreeing to. They could have refused. Those tribe leaders did not have to sign whatever document was placed in front of them, but they didn't. Even if what I've been taught is true, "BOO-HOO" either way, what's done is done, nothing can chage that now because a deal is a deal and if they did not understand, it's their fault. Let me put it this way, if you lose an argument with someone (probably someone older than you) you still think your right and they also think they're right, but even if you're right of if you misunderstood, you are always just told to "Let it go." and even if you disagree with me, I'm saying that all of Canada just needs to let it go.
The very concept of a reservation is wrong in the eyes of most people and probably everyone in this classroom. I believe otherwise. Do you know what I've always loved? Most supervillains are great at them. Analogies. Here's another one, wild animals must be caged. Why? well the answer is obvious, because wild animals are dangerous and disturbing. Question, if you saw a wild cougar walk down the street would you be scared? Answer, of course you would, because when something that seems dangerous surprises you, fear is immediatly struck in your eyes, and they can smell it. That was a very long analogy and most of you probably won't agree with the comparison that I'm about to make, but that's ok (for now). I think that reservations are a good way to prevent a bad thing. I believe that if there were no reservations, our country would descend into anarky. After the countless tragedies that have befallen the First Nations people, especially the residential schools, the Aboriginal people would either A) go crazy because they become enraged that all of us people who walk around what used to be their country and their land, now we have all discraced them and their culture, which has the potential to drive people insane. B) Because so much of their culture was lost in residential schools, they would all go over baord, by parading around the streets doing ceremonies and rituals 24/7 disturbing our every day lives. In reservations, they are free to do all of their ceremonies, without disturbing anyone who doesn't want to hear them.
Why do we study this?
Why are we forced to study this throughout elementary school and high school?
Throughout our entire childhood, we learn about First Nations and their culture, but why? Now, we are learning about residential schools. We're learning about others with crippled childhoods, well everyone has a messed up childhood in one way or another. Believe me. Everyone has a tainted view on the world and it is because of their c hildhood, everyone has ad at least one terrible hing happen to them and if you have never gotten that you're either the luckiest person in the universe, or it's coming soon. I really don't want to use any evidence to support that statement so please just believe me. Why do we need to learn about kids who may or may not have had a worse childhood than people who don't get help and who don't get studied, because learning this will not prepare us for the real world because it is not helpful."the purpose of education has evolved according to the needs of society. Education's primary purpose has ranged from instructing youth in religious doctrine, to preparing them to live in a democracy, to assimilating immigrants into mainstream society, to preparing workers for the industrialized 20th century workplace." I quoted that from the education.org website, my take away from this was that the purpose of school and education is to provide students with the knowledge necessary that has actual potential to make a difference and help the world. How does hearing the same information about a subject that is important to history, which should be briefly studied even help make a vague difference in the world?
All of Canada is being much too emotional about the First Nations. It is wrong to do this to Canada's youth when the choice to study this was based off pure emotion. All I've ever heard about this decision to study the aboriginal people of Canada was that everything that hapenned to them is terrible and sad, when are normal, non-special people in the real world allowed to make important decisions about all of Canada based off pure emotion. Let me ask you this, if you were the prime minister of Canada and you were angry about something would you really make the entire country hear about it and study it just because you hold a grudge?
who got to choose?
In 1982, section 35 of the constitution act which speaked of Aboriginal rights said that Aboriginal peoples should have more rights and their rights should be known, which is why we study them.
Speaking of rights, why do we need to learn all of this? It is not right. In a school, kids feel like they have no rights, they feel like they are inferior. Although, this isn't a great comparison, I'm still gonna use it. In a school, the teachers are the dictators and students are controlled, they are their puppets and you teachers are the puppet masters. You force us to do all of these things that we don't want to do and expect us to be okay with that, this is the reality and it is wrong. We should be able to choose what we study and we should have the right to a choice of topic study. That, really is why university and college are the best forms of education, they are the most evolved forms of education. As proven by our genius hour projects, students and everyone works better when they have a choice of what they're learning.
Hypothetically, in a perfect world we wouldn't even have school, but in a hypothetical universe where we had the perfect version of school, we would be able to choose what we study and what we do with our time. Unlike the real world. Even though it is obvious that really the entire world would like this, our educators and our governement is still not going to do that and make that change, right? Why are you so cruel to us?
Stephen Harper apologized
that's a big deal.
To have the prime minister of our country apologize to your people is a really big deal.
Still studying this for so long after that is wrong. It goes against almost everything that we've been taught in school, our entire lives. What I mean is that in school, we are told that an apology if it's sincere, then that is enough. That's what I've been taught my entire life, but really, I know that that is not true. If someone punched you in the face and then said sorry aafter an adult forced them to do so, do you really feel better? No. Of course not, because no matter how many times you apologize, it is never better, because if you're a total pessimist, then you will see that nothing done can ever be undone and what's happened is over and you just shouldn't even try to make it better because it never will be. I'm gonna prove two points right now and it is in your hands to decide which one.
my two points
My first point is that no matter what, an apology will never make something better because once the deed is done it forever remains this way.
My second point is that his apology did make it all better and because it's all better we really don't need you to stress how terrible the residential schools were and how bad everything that hapenned to First Nations was, so we don't really need to study this for so long.
There are much better subjects and topics study
I'm not saying that this isn't important, I'm just saying that we should study more than just First Nations because there are lots of great parts of Canadian history and the rest of the world is so interesting, we shouldn't study just First Nations or just Canada.
why is it all so sad?
Not all history is heartbreaking.
Everything we learn about First Nations people is so sad. This is a real problem. Why are we only being taught about the sad things that have happened throughout history? We should be studying happier things because always learning and hearing about the bad things that have happened makes us more negative people.
should you really be doing that to our youth?
That is really bad. You are warping our brains by doing this to us. It's almost like setting us up for failure.
why not subjects where you want to make us cry?
Why can't we study things that are more fun and interesting? We could study great inventors throughout history or people who have made the world a better place or anything that isn't sad or something where nobody died and nobody was tortured or abused, because you shouldn't be trying to scare us.
Anything but this
Even if we still learned about really sad stuff, it just shouldn't be Canada. I think that because things that happen in Canada make us way more sad because we just don't feel the same way about something terrible that happened on the other side of the world. I know that we should know our country's history, but maybe we should only study it for a term or two. One year max, I think.
Because we don't care anymore
You're overdoing it
It is overwhelming. By making us overstudy the First Nations culture and history, you're making us not feel so bad for them and just start to hate it. Now, when we're doing work and projects like these, we don't feel bad, it doesn't make us sad, it's just another assignment that I want to get a good grade on. That's not what school is.
This is your opinion.
We don't all share the same opinions and/or points of view. We may believe that your opinion is wrong.
what if we think you're wrong?
What's gonna happen if after all this time, we still don't think that you people are right about anything and everything that you've told us about First Nations.
It actually isn't so different from a residential school that way
you're forcing us to believe what you believe
That, essentially is what residential schools were, that was the basic principle of every school, they converted those children to christianity. You are making us believe that all First Nations are innocent which is actually extremely racist.
you people are being extremely racist
You actually are not allowed to do that.
In a school, teachers are not allowed to be racist even a little bit. Talking about how great First Nations are and how bad white people and the rest of the of the country was, is not allowed. All of this that's being said like "First Nations people are all so innocent" and stuff like "The white people were so mean to them." all of that is not supposed to be or allowed to be said.
may not even be true.
Even if it is true that they were innocent, you still can't say that. If it isn't true, which we can never be sure of, you should not press how much you think they're right because they might not be.
the indian act
They stole the word "Indian"
They are keeping it like a war prize, like it should be put in a museum as a relic of war. Real Indian people don't like that. Maybe you haven't heard because we are the least dominant nationality. You people think that you know everything that's wrong in the world, but you don't. Nobody feels bad for Indian people but Indian people. Now, in Canada, my home, if you say the word "Indian" most people will actually think First Nations instead of actual Indian.
they don't need to do that and they shouldn't
This is something that I really, deeply hate. It is as if they believe that our lives depend on their decision. That is something I hate in my own life too. They are not above us, but our entire country is allowing them to believe that they are. Still talking about the Indian Act is their choice, they don't still need to call themselves
It shouldn't be taken as an insult.
It is extremely offensive to me that they can even find any offense in being called "Indian" it seems as if it's a bad thing to be Indian which is wrong, rude and completely insensitive. Those people who said that are not innocent or nice in anyway, they are just extremely insulting. If they hate being called Indian so much then they should stop because they are agrovating all Indian people by doin what they're doing.
He's just talking abut how sad the history of his people is so sad and just finding a way to make people feel bad for him
I don't completely disagree
I am totally fine with expressing yourself in any way you like, but you still can't make people look bad just because you're mad or because you don't like them. That is what all of his books illustrate both literally and figuratively, he just wants to talk about how great all First Nations people are and how great their culture is, but he also talks about how their culture was destroyed.
time to prove one of my main points in this project.
Their culture doesn't have to be destroyed.
They just need to not let it.
The First Nations people don't have to let their culture be destroyed by their history. They just need to not think about it and not give up.
To sum it up
I do feel really, really terrible about everything that happened to the First Nations people, especially the residential school system, but I've expressed how I feel about their study and I hope you share my opinion but if you don't, there is nothing I can do about that