This system was managed by churches, whose purpose was to educate the child by adapting them into the mainstream Canadian society. This nonetheless, became a very serious issue that questioned Canada’s democracy and the basic civil rights that came along with it. In addition, this destructive system left a long range of impacts. Residential schools undermined Aboriginal culture causing a profound displacement of aboriginal people even to this day. In the late 19th century, Prime Minister Sir John Alexander Macdonald assigned Nicholas Flood Davin, both a journalist and politician, to study trade schools for Aboriginal children.
The Nazis did all in their power to annihilate the followers of Judaism, while the Jews attempted to rebel, rioted against the government, and united as one. Furthermore, the genocide had many social science factors that caused the opposition between the Jews and Nazis. Both the German economy and the Nuremberg Laws stimulated the Holocaust; nevertheless, a majority of the Nazis’ and Hitler’s actions towards Jews were because of the victims’ ethnicity. The German economy complicated the Nazis’ financial situation because of events that happened before the Holocaust. Due to the poor condition of the economy, the funds made traced back to the Jews, causing more disagreements to arise.
But, to what extent was the purpose of Residential schools rooted in cultural misunderstanding of Aboriginals. I will be looking into the purpose of residential schools being instated, activities that went on in residential schools and the impact left on families because of residential schools. Why did we the Canadian Government have so much hatred towards Aboriginals? Before opening residential schools, the Canadian government believed they were responsible to help teach aboriginal children in Canada English and really bring them away from the aboriginal culture. Also there was so much discrimination against Aboriginals; many times Canadians would say the phrase “Kill the Indians” which showed how much hatred was shown to Aboriginals.
It forces us to examine the responsibilities of citizenship and confront the powerful ramifications of indifference and inaction.” (Tim Holden) While the Holocaust was happening, Germany was fighting in WWII. The Holocaust, in my opinion, was genocide because of the number of people who died, because of the people who did survive, and because of how people lost all their belongings. “The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history.” (Dan Quayle) Although most people believe that this genocide was a terrible thing, some others believe it was the right thing to do. These small percentages of people have been proven wrong over and over again throughout time. The Jews and many others were being persecuted in Germany by the Nazis.
Social Justice 12: Genocide Table: The Holocaust: The holocaust was an extremely horrifying event in world history. Countless innocent citizens were killed and an entire race was influenced forever due to the antisemitism of the German nazis and government during world war two. The holocaust was a result of the “need” to rid Germany of the jews. As part of the final solution, almost two out of every three jews were killed . The country was not portraying a strong economy as they had before and were in a type of distress that was causing unrest in the Nation.
The creation of the Residential Schools is now looked upon to be a regretful part of Canada’s past. The objective: to assimilate and to isolate First Nations and Aboriginal children so that they could be educated and integrated into Canadian society. However, under the image of morality, present day society views this assimilation as a deliberate form of cultural genocide. From the first school built in 1830 to the last one closed in 1996, Residential Schools were mandatory for First Nations or Aboriginal children and it was illegal for such children to attend any other educational institution. If there was any disobedience on the part of the parents, there would be monetary fines or in the worst case scenario, trouble with Indian Affairs.
The Assimilation of Aboriginal Canadians “To kill the Indian in the child,” was the prime objective of residential schools (“About the Commission”). With the establishment of residential schools in the 1880s, attending these educational facilities used to be an option (Miller, “Residential Schools”). However, it was not until the government’s time consuming attempts of annihilating the Aboriginal Canadians that, in 1920, residential schools became the new solution to the “Indian problem.” (PMC) From 1920 to 1996, around one hundred fifty thousand Aboriginal Canadians were forcibly removed from their homes to attend residential schools (CBC News). Aboriginal children were isolated from their parents and their communities to rid them of any cultural influence (Miller, “Residential Schools”). Parents who refrained from sending their children to these educational facilities faced the consequence of being arrested (Miller, “Residential Schools”).
The word “Holocaust”, was originated from the words “Holos” meaning whole, and “kaustos” meaning burned. To Adolf Hitler, Jews were an “inferior” race. After years of Nazi rule, Hitler’s “final solution” came under the cover of world war, with mass killing centers constructed in the concentration camps. Jews, Jehovah's Witnesses, Roma Gypsies, Priests and Pastors, homosexuals, and black children were all victims of the holocaust. Most of the victims left were from other countries.
The ruling class of Canada and the United States exploited and oppressed the indigenous to assimilate them into western society. “Children were taught to see themselves in terms of the dominant society” (McClinchey, Residential schools info) and in doing so were stripped of their cultural identity. A common name that comes up when discussing the residential school system, or under American terms, the boarding school system is Captain Richard Henry Pratt. It was his belief that the indigenous were a savage group but did not start out this way at birth; he believed that “Left in the surroundings of savagery, he [Aboriginal children] grows to possess a savage language, superstition, and life. We left in the surroundings of civilization; grow to possess a civilized language, life, and purpose” (http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/4929/).
This essay will argue that aboriginals are treated unethically from a catholic perspective through the ways the British invaded their land, also how the government presently treats them. Finally, this essay will acknowledge the discrimination that the society puts upon the aboriginals. Before the British arrived to Canada, the aboriginals were settled on Canadian soil and different groups were found in different regions. “They were hunters, farmers and gathers, fished when near water or hunted animals like the buffalo” (“Discovery”). When the European settlers arrived, the aboriginal’s lifestyle changed dramatically.