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Reconciliation Canada | History & Background. Study time at Native residential school, (Fort) Resolution, NWT © Public Domain Credit: Library and Archives Canada, PA-042133 Residential schools are a known fact by many Canadians, and through the work of many initiatives and especially the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), the reality of those tragedies is coming more and more into focus. Now is the time to move from this darkness into light, where all Canadians find a way to leave the past behind us and create forgiveness and cultural respect for our future. Canadians can create a new legacy for children of all nations and cultures by joining hands in an open process of dialogue and truth-telling, of reconciliation. The TRC estimates that 80,000 survivors of residential schools live in all regions of Canada today, and many other faiths and cultures have suffered in our borders, too.

Quick Facts on Residential Schools 1. External Links. Conditions & Mistreatment | Legacy of Hope Foundation. Attendance at residential schools was mandatory for Aboriginal children across Canada, and failure to send children to residential school often resulted in the punishment of parents, including imprisonment. Many Aboriginal children were taken from their homes, often forcibly removed, and separated from their families by long distances.

Others who attended residential schools near their communities were often prohibited from seeing their families outside of occasional permitted visits. Broad occurrences of disease, hunger, and overcrowding were noted by Government officials as early as 1897. In 1907 Indian Affairs’ chief medical officer, P.H. Bryce, reported a death toll among the schools’ children ranging from 15-24% – and rising to 42% in Aboriginal homes, where sick children were sometimes sent to die. In some individual institutions, for example Old Sun’s school on the Blackfoot reserve, Bryce found death rates which were significantly higher. Church apologizes to Kenora residential school survivors - Manitoba. The Presbyterian Church issued a specific apology on Wednesday to former students of a residential school in Kenora, Ont., where medical and nutritional experiments had taken place.

Former students of the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School attended a commemorative gathering on Wednesday at a memorial where the church-run, government-funded facility once stood. Recently released documents reveal that aboriginal children who were sent to Cecilia Jeffrey were subjected to experimental treatments for ear infections, as well as nutritional and dental experiments that were recently highlighted by a food historian. For some survivors, the latest revelations have compounded the pain they have long felt as a result of the residential school experience. "We had thought that we'd somewhat come to peace with some issues, then there's ongoing revelations of other events happening," said Richard Green, a former student who organized Wednesday's commemorative event.

Experiments date back to 1940s. Residential School Survivors' Stories Are the Key to Reconciliation | Craig and Marc Kielburger. Residential School Survivors Share Their Stories. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada held a national event in Halifax October 26 to 29 at the World Trade and Convention Centre. Everyone, both Native and non-Native, was welcome to attend. This is a report from the hearing in Eskasoni, Cape Breton. Truth can be an ugly thing. It was to hear some ugly truths that people gathered in Eskasoni on Friday, October 14th for a session of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The commission is holding hearings on Indian Residential Schools across Canada. The Canadian government supported more than 130 such schools for over a century, during which they were run by a variety of Christian churches.

These schools took children from their parents at a young age for the explicit purpose of destroying First Nations cultures, languages and ways of life. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission invited anyone involved in or affected by the residential schools to make a presentation. “I was an ordinary child,” he said. Residential Schools and My Journey to the Downtown Eastside. This post has been reviewed by the Vancouver Media Co-op editorial committee. STORY posted on June 8, 2011 by isaac “In Our Own Voices,” Week I by DTES Power of Women GroupBy Stella August Credit: Luca Argalia Also posted by isaac: I was 6 years old when I was taken away from my parents and grandparents in Ahousat BC and forced into a residential school.

In residential schools, under the federal policy of “aggressive assimilation”, we were stripped of our language, our culture, and our customs. I was forced to attend the Christie Indian Residential School and then the Mission City St. If we did not get up on time in the mornings, the nuns would drag us across the floor, beat us, and make us go without breakfast. When we were silent, they made us talk. I was incredibly lonely in the residential schools. I managed to get out of residential school earlier than the other children because one day my brother managed to sneak a phone call to my grandparents and told them to come get me. Residential Schools. Residential schools refer to a variety of institutions that include industrial schools, boarding schools and student residences. Residential Schools Residential schools refer to a variety of institutions that include industrial schools, boarding schools and student residences.

Although residential schools are usually considered part of the assimilative policies that the Canadian government directed at Aboriginal peoples from the 1880s onward, their roots lie deeper. The first residential facilities were developed in New France by Catholic missionaries to provide care and schooling. Both the federal government and Plains nations wanted to include schooling provisions in the treaties of the 1870s and beyond, though for different reasons. Beginning with the establishment of 3 industrial schools in the prairies in 1883, and through the next half-century, the federal government and churches developed a system of residential schools stretching from Nova Scotia to the Arctic.

A history of residential schools in Canada - Canada. What is a residential school? In the 19th century, the Canadian government believed it was responsible for educating and caring for aboriginal people in Canada. It thought their best chance for success was to learn English and adopt Christianity and Canadian customs. Ideally, they would pass their adopted lifestyle on to their children, and native traditions would diminish, or be completely abolished in a few generations. The Canadian government developed a policy called "aggressive assimilation" to be taught at church-run, government-funded industrial schools, later called residential schools.

The government felt children were easier to mold than adults, and the concept of a boarding school was the best way to prepare them for life in mainstream society. Residential schools were federally run, under the Department of Indian Affairs. How many residential schools and students were there? Initially, about 1,100 students attended 69 schools across the country. What went wrong? The Residential School System. Children's dining room, Indian Residential School, Edmonton, Alberta.

Between 1925-1936. United Church Archives, Toronto, From Mission to Partnership Collection. Residential Schools Two primary objectives of the residential school system were to remove and isolate children from the influence of their homes, families, traditions and cultures, and to assimilate them into the dominant culture. These objectives were based on the assumption Aboriginal cultures and spiritual beliefs were inferior and unequal.

Indeed, some sought, as it was infamously said, “to kill the Indian in the child.” Prime Minister Stephen Harper, official apology, June 11, 2008 What was the Indian residential school system? Residential schools systematically undermined Aboriginal culture across Canada and disrupted families for generations, severing the ties through which Aboriginal culture is taught and sustained, and contributing to a general loss of language and culture. What led to the residential schools? —John S.