The population who attended residential schools consisted of First Nations, Metis and Inuit people. In Canada our Constitution recognizes these three groups as being unique and having their own cultural and spiritual beliefs. According to the Census of 2006, over 1.3 million people (4.4% of the Canadian population) are reported as aboriginal. Languages of aboriginal people vary greatly depending on geographical location in Canada. Today, there are as many a fifty separate aboriginal languages used on a regular basis (O’Donnell, 2003). Those who attended residential schools were children who had been taken away forcefully against the will of their parents as well as some who had been allowed to attend by their parents. Often the residential schools were located hundreds of kilometers from where the children’s families lived. It is estimated that in Canada as many as 150,000 children were brought to residential schools and that 80,000 o...
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...ulties they are having. One such place is the circle project association group in Regina, Saskatchewan. There victims can meet with nurses and social support workers to help them get out of violent situations (www.saskatchewan.ca). Another suggestion for helping violent offenders would be to improve their self-esteem; and educating them on forgiving themselves (McCloskey, 1995). By forgiving themselves, these perpetrators can put their past behind them and become contributing members in society.
When trying to improve the health of this population it can be useful to apply the PHPM to determine what determinants of health (social support networks, physical environments and health child development) are in need of improvement and at what level to intervene. In doing so, we have a greater chance of improving their overall health and making a difference in their lives.
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- During the 19th century the Canadian government established residential schools under the claim that Aboriginal culture is hindering them from becoming functional members of society. It was stated that the children will have a better chance of success once they have been Christianised and assimilated into the mainstream Canadian culture. (CBC, 2014) In the film Education as We See It, some Aboriginals were interviewed about their own experiences in residential schools. When examining the general topic of the film, conflict theory is the best paradigm that will assist in understanding the social implications of residential schools.... [tags: education, aboriginal culture]
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- When someone speaks of great inequalities and human rights violations, very seldom is Canada as a nation (in a broader sense,) conjured together with these thoughts. However, in reality probably some of the greatest human right violations within our time and even within the late modern period, and most concerning examples of them, can be found through looking back into Canadian history. For many this may be a surprise to hear, however for others, specifically the native population of Canada, we can assume this is well understood.... [tags: residential school, canadian government]
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- 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.... [tags: First Nations, Aboriginal peoples in Canada]
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- Case Study: Residential Schools Examining the residential school system in Canada between the 1870s and 1996 exposes numerous human rights and civil liberties violations of individuals by the government. This case study involves both de jure discrimination and de facto discrimination experienced by Aboriginals based on their culture. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms specifically protects Aboriginal rights under section 25 and section 15 declares that, “Every individual is equal before and under the law” (Sharpe & Roach, 2009, p.... [tags: Canadian Education, Canadian Government]
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- History unfolds the advantages of residential schools for students who are deaf and hard of hearing (DHH). While some DHH students are placed in other educational settings depending on their circumstances, majority of those who have experienced residential schools cannot help but express how glad they are of the experience. Because of the low incidence of deafness, we seldom see residential schools for DHH students. Texas has one residential school for the deaf that services the whole state, the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) located in Austin.... [tags: Education, High school, College]
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- Living in Canada, there is a long past with the Indigenous people. The relationship between the white and First Nations community is one that is damaged because of our shameful actions in the 1800’s. Unnecessary measures were taken when the Canadian government planned to assimilate the Aboriginal people. Through the Indian Act and Residential schools the government attempted to take away their culture and “kill the Indian in the child.” The Indian Act allowed the government to take control over the people, the residential schools took away their culture and tore apart their families, and now we are left with not only a broken relationship between the First Nations people but they are trying... [tags: Aboriginal People, Mental Abuse]
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- Were Residential Schools Harmful or Beneficial to the Indigenous people of Canada. In school we are always taught about the lighter parts of Canadian History, but only until recently have Canadian students been taught about the darker parts of our history. Residential Schools were included in these dark parts of Canada’s history. In the 19th century, the Canadian government believed that Residential Schools were responsible for educating and caring for the country’s aboriginal people. The goal of these schools was to teach the aboriginal children about Christianity and Canadian customs, in hopes of them passing these practices on towards their own children and it would eventually be adopted... [tags: First Nations, Aboriginal peoples in Canada]
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- First Nations children suffered many forms of abuse at the hands of the Canadian Government (Oh, Canada!) under the guise of residential schools. The purposes of the residential schools were to remove First Nations children from the influence of their families and cultures, and to intergrade them into the dominant culture (The Residential School System). This was done under the assumption that First Nations culture was lesser, “to kill the Indian in the child” as it was commonly said. The children were forcibly separated from their families to live in year-round schools where they were taught “white man” curriculum, with a two-month vacation time, completely separated from their Aboriginal... [tags: abuse, Canadian government, schools, eduaction]
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