There are many factors on how the aboriginal children lost their relationship with families, identity and culture because of residential schools. Additionally, almost one third of the aboriginal children from the ages 6-15 went to residential schools and they were often sent away from their communities approximately 10 months out of the year. This left the aboriginal children away from their home, which had a heartbreaking effect on their parents. Therefore, there was an increased alcohol consumption on the parents because they thought they were not needed by their children; as well, the children blamed their parents for sending them to schools. The alcohol was used to help the feeling of guilt for the parents. Secondly, the aboriginal children were treated as slaves; they had no identity. “Upon arriving at residential school, some children were given severe haircuts and issued with numbers that used to iden...
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...after school would grow up and sexually abuse younger kids; therefore they were being perpetrators and they would go back.
In conclusion, the residential schools were a way of assimilating Aboriginals to the English culture. This assimilation caused the Aboriginal to experience great hardships as they were separated from their family, tortured physically and mentally, and enforced to follow a culture that had no similarity to their Aboriginal way of life. In fact, the true meaning of the residential schools is shown in the way the Aboriginals were transformed; the schools truly killed the Indian within them. Furthermore, the minority group of the Aboriginals experienced adversity unlike any other group in society, and therefore nowadays, they deserve to have rights given to them by the government so that they can recollect their Aboriginal culture and identity.
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