Therefore, the British began enforcing their laws to replace the traditional Aboriginal laws and customs which irrevocably damaged the local customs and culture. Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence details three half-caste girls’ journey and also shows the breakdown of the Aboriginal culture. The Aboriginal people were subject to the laws but not protected by them. For example, they were not safe from rape
Given the distressing history the impact of the laws and policies on Indigenous Australians has made it difficult for them to trust government services or White Australians. Body Due to colonisation in 1788 all life expectancies changed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, who were forcibly removed from their families and land to institutions or other non-Aboriginal environment : This is also known as the – Stolen Gen...
Victoria alone was home to 1200 Aborigines murdered in the frontier war. This violence could have been avoided s the two cultures met. The main reason for violence was the battle for the Aboriginals land. The law of terra nullius was crucial as it said that the land belonged to no one so the aborigines were defenceless. The assimilation process was extremely racist as it said that the aboriginal parents were not qualified enough to take care of their own children.
The aboriginals were seen as savage and uncivilized and had to be destroyed to create the image that Canada wanted to portray for itself. This inequality still exists today, and when discussing this we must not forget the “long-standing history of colonial domination and cultural oppression that aboriginal people have faced” (Tepperman et al.2004:188). Overall there were many social implications associated with residential schools including issues with identity, socialization, and inequality, sadly these effects are still seen in today’s society. Residential schools have created a never fading scar on Canada’s history.
Throughout Australian history a racist attitude towards Aboriginals has been a significant issue. The instant the early settlers arrived on our shores and colonised, the Aboriginals have been fighting for the survival of their culture. The Aboriginals haven been assimilated, subjugated and marginalized to bring them in line with an idealistic European society. These themes have been put forward by Jack Davis in his stage play, No Sugar, the story of an Aboriginal family’s fight for survival during the Great Depression years. In communicating the racist and hostile attitudes of the dominant white ideology towards, for example, discrimination and assimilation, Davis constructs characters, which are continuously under fire and in opposition to the oppressing dominant white society.
The Stolen Generation has left devastating impacts upon the Aboriginal culture and heritage, Australian history and the presence of equality experienced today. The ‘Stolen Generation’ refers to the children of Aboriginal descent being forcefully abducted by government officials of Australia and placed within institutions and catholic orphanages, being forced to assimilate into ‘white society’. These dehumanising acts placed these stolen children to experience desecration of culture, loss of identity and the extinction of their race. The destructive consequences that followed were effects of corruption including attempted suicide, depression and drug and alcohol abuse. The indigenous peoples affected by this have endured solitude for many years, this has only been expressed to the public recently and a proper apology has been issued, for the years of ignorance to the implementation of destruction of culture.
The British took a lot away from the Aborigines including land, food, people and also tradition. Whether the slavery and removal of Aborigines improved modern Australia was debatable however it certainly lowered the respect for the British and they definitely owed the Aborigines an apology.
According to LaRocque (1994), there is a distinct connection here between the effects of colonization and the decreased well being of Aboriginals, with the greatest impact noticed upon Aboriginal women. After colonization began there were countless detrimental changes to the indigenous way of life that took place. Neu (2000) discusses these detrimental changes in detail. The author accounts for the lost of their land and natural environment, the discouragement of their lifestyle focused on hunting and gathering, the separation of families via the residential school system, and the punishment received for the usage of traditional customs and language. In many ways the colonists disrespected the Aboriginal people by disregarding their fundamental needs and wants.
“Here’s what you get when races are diverse …they’re savages…barley even human…they’re not like you and me which means they must be evil”. Therefore, this idea of “civilized” is presented to children at such a young age, even after most of these events have occurred. The Aboriginals were seen as ‘uncivilized’ and dehumanized because of their appearance and way of life. This meant that the Aboriginals had no rights, no dignity, no identity as shown as Will and Sal rename the members of the Dharug tribe with English names such as “Jack” for Ngalamalum, “Meg” for Buryia and “Polly” for Gilyagan. By degrading the Aboriginals, the white settlers are basically stating that they are of a higher status, automatically degrading them “they’re vermin same way as rat is vermin”.
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.