To begin, image your self being forcefully taken from you’re parents and placed in an environment that is not suited for a child, where sexual and physical abuse occurred. This was the sad reality for Native children. Residential schools were initially created by the Catholic Church to force the Native children to assimilate into Canadian Culture by stripping them of their Native language and religion (Miller, par 1). Forced assimilation is wrong, no matter the context of the situation. These children should not have been forced to give up their own heritage. This is a huge blemish on Canada’s reputation because in modern times, we are known as a country that openly accept other cultures.
Along with the forced assimilation of the residential schools, students were often times abused both physically and sexual by their teachers (Haig-Brown, 11). The physical abuse would include beatings, being punched in the ear to the point where the victim would incur hearing loss and being burned with cigarette buds (O’Hara and Treble, Par 3). This kind of physical abuse will leave children being scared of the teachers, becoming social withdrawn,...
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