In Lesson Plan 1 of the 100 Years of Loss Edukit, you learned about the Residential School System in Canada by hearing Prime Minister Stephen Harper deliver a formal apology to Survivors and their families in the House of Commons on June 11, 2008.

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Ryan Brink – Bowness High School

Submitted By: Ryan Brink

I understand that residential schools scarred and tore apart native lives, and the colonizing nations thought the schools would greatly benefit the indigenous people’s quality of life as they were assimilated to the European way of life.

The schools have given Canada a dark spot, a wound, that we can hope to heal over with more indigenous freedom. Intergenerational trauma is a huge factor in the legacy left behind, for the stories are continually being passed down generation to g[...]

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Hayley – bowness high school

Submitted By: Hayley

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Residential schools were school set up by the government. The schools were set up to assimilate aboriginal children’s culture, language and way-of-life. Aboriginal children were forced to attend these schools, and were taken away from their families to do so. The treatment of children in these schools was poor, and many children died. The last residential school closed in 1996, however many people are still affected by these past events.
There are many ways in which pe[...]

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