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The Residential school system in Canada was a system devoted to providing a disciplined based ideal that promoted the rejection of the aboriginal culture in favor of the then dominant white European population The teaching strategies that were encouraged ranged from pulling children as young as six away from their parents to mental physical and sexual abuse The Residential schools were run by a variety of participating church organizations which received funding from the Canadian government The funding was based on a per aboriginal basis therefore it was in the best interests of the churches to enroll as many aboriginal students as possible The schools were run in almost every province in Canada from 1860-1884 and claimed to be promoting religious and cultural assimilation However the cruelty that was experienced by many young aboriginals in the residential schools accentuated the differences between the aboriginal societies and the European dominant society making complete assimilation impossible The process of assimilation of aboriginals in Canada was doomed to fail because the missionaries and the federal government created a counter productive atmosphere from which they were to achieve their goal of assimilation Looking back at the history of the Residential school system in Canada we can see the production of an alienated population because the tragedies that took place at the schools Of the many tragedies that took place I want to focus on two important issues First a lot of aboriginals were taught to be ashamed of their own culture and belief system in order to promote the new one that was to be given to them Secondly many students were taken away from their families at a young age and subjected mental physical and sexual abuse In presenting my research paper Im going to discuss the importance of recognizing that the residential school system is a part of our history and needs to be addressed when developing teaching strategies to those students who may
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