Popular Post Sajjan_Thug Posted December 12, 2022 Popular Post Report Share Posted December 12, 2022 In Canada, the Indian residential school system[nb 1] was a network of boarding schools for Indigenous peoples[nb 2] which amounted to cultural genocide. The network was funded by the Canadian government's Department of Indian Affairs and administered by Christian churches. The school system was created to isolate Indigenous children from the influence of their own native culture and religion in order to assimilate them into the dominant Canadian culture.: 42  Over the course of the system's more than hundred-year existence, around 150,000 children were placed in residential schools nationally.: 2–3 By the 1930s about 30 percent of Indigenous children were believed to be attending residential schools. The number of school-related deaths remains unknown due to incomplete records. Estimates range from 3,200 to over 30,000 The residential school system harmed Indigenous children significantly by removing them from their families, depriving them of their ancestral languages. Students were also subjected to forced enfranchisement as "assimilated" citizens that removed their legal identity as Indians. Disconnected from their families and culture and forced to speak English or French, students who attended the residential school system often graduated being unable to fit into their communities but remaining subject to racist attitudes in mainstream Canadian society. The system ultimately proved successful in disrupting the transmission of Indigenous practices and beliefs across generations. The legacy of the system has been linked to an increased prevalence of post-traumatic stress, alcoholism, substance abuse, suicide, and intergenerational trauma which persist within Indigenous communities today. 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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