The Residential School System has had negative and enduring impacts on generations of Indigenous peoples, on First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities, cultures, economies, traditional knowledge and ways of life, languages, family structures, and connections to the land.
What you need to know about the Residential School System:
- The Residential School System was imposed on Indigenous peoples to assimilate them and destroy their cultures and identities;
- Many Indigenous children were forced away from their homes and communities to attend residential schools;
- They were not allowed to speak their languages and practice their cultures;
- They often faced sub-standard conditions, harsh discipline, neglect and abuse;
- The fates of numerous children taken away remain unknown, their graves unmarked.
The Government of Canada is acknowledging the past, committed to ensuring this history is never forgotten, and fostering better understanding and open discussions on the history of Canada.
The Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Jonathan Wilkinson, has recently announced that these two former residential school sites are designated as national historic sites:
- The former Portage La Prairie Indian Residential School in Manitoba
- The former Shubenacadie Indian Residential School in Nova Scotia.
Residential schools have had devastating long-term impacts on Survivors, their families, and communities. The efforts of former students to tell their stories and seek justice have resulted in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement and apologies by the federal government.
Word of the Day:
Assimilate: become absorbed into a society or culture
More information: https://www.canada.ca/en/parks-canada/news/2020/09/government-of-canada-recognizes-the-national-historic-significance-of-the-residential-school-system-and-former-residential-school-sites.html