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Transcript of Residential schools
Revelation 21:23-26 Red skin Yellow skin White skin Black skin We are all children of the Creator What? Oh Canada...a land of peace and freedom where we made treaties with First Nations peoples instead of dealing with them more harshly. Right? In the treaties, we promised them schools on their lands... But then we had a better idea... "When the school is on the reserve, the child lives with his parents who are savages; he is surrounded by savages, and though he may learn to read and write, his habits and training and mode of thought are Indian. He is simply a savage who can read and write.” -
Who said that? Sir John A. himself. “...if the Indian is to become a source of profit to the country, it is clear he must be amalgamated with the white population." (Hayter Reed, Indian Commissioner for the Prairies) “It is unlikely that any Tribe or tribes would give
trouble of a serious nature to the Government whose
members had children completely under Government
control.” J.A.Macrae, Indian Affairs School Inspector "...to kill the Indian in the child."
(Duncan Campbell Scott,
Minister of Indian Affairs) Some children had positive experiences at residential schools and acquired skills that helped them later. Abuse... Most didn't. Fully half died during the first half century of the residential school system. Illness and hunger... Cultural suppression... “If we were heard speaking Shuswap,
we were punished. We were made to write on the board one hundred times, ‘I will not speak Indian any more.’” TRC, "They Came for the Children" “Hunger is both the first and the last thing I can remember about that school.... Every Indian student smelled of hunger.” George Manuel "Overall, the residential school system often amounted to a system of institutionalized child neglect, compounded by the behaviour of specific individuals who used their authority and the isolation of the schools to physically and sexually abuse those in their care." TRC "They Came for the Children" The last school closed in 1996. Now, through the courage of many survivors, the stories are finally being told. Listen to the stories of survivors. Educate Canadians . Make recommendations to the government Found a national resource centre to continue the work they've begun... Get to know your neighbours! Attend a Truth and Reconciliation Event. Read the TRC reports
-They Came for the Children Organize a documentary night at your church Celebrate indigenous culture. Check out the Centre for Public Dialogue website or Facebook page to continue the conversation.... -->Montréal, QC - April 24-27, 2013
-->Vancouver, BC - September 18-21, 2013
-->Edmonton, Alberta - March 27-30, 2014
There will be a national closing ceremony in Ottawa. -The Fallen Feather
-We Were Children
-Muffins for Granny
-etc... "Perhaps we should not criticize indigenous peoples for their dysfunction, but be amazed by their resilience." Rev. Mark Glanville The Truth and Reconciliation Commission