Industrial Schools In Canada

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For decades in Canada, officially beginning in 1892, children were taken away from their families and put into schools that would change and take away their views and beliefs, initial knowledge, image, and identity. In the earlier stages, these schools were referred to as Industrial Schools for Indians. Today, we call them Residential Schools with Aboriginal survivors who are able to tell their stories. Aboriginal people suffered while there schools were running. This essay will compare the knowledge in a recent article to primary sources that were written while Industrial Schools were in action. The actions of assimilating Aboriginal people through a strict form of education caused a negative butterfly effect upon the public and Aboriginal…show more content…
This report focuses on providing Canada information on how and why they shoulds start up Industrial Schools. All of the information is based on how effective and successful the Industrial Schools have been running in the United States. Throughout the report, Industrial Schools are looked at as providing Aboriginals students with a better education system. The report states that these schools are “the principal feature of the policy known as that of “aggressive civilization.” The education the Aboriginals students were to be educated on industry based knowledge and how to be civilized citizens. To put this education system into place, the report was created to be highly influential. Davin spoke about how the day schools were not good enough and not as effective since the children would go home and forget what they had learned. Also, the children were not taught essential skills. Therefore, the best option to implement change was to place these children into Industrial Boarding Schools. The goal was to prepare Indians to be proper citizens in society, and to be trained to perform hard labour and hands on tasks. The report provides Canada with options and recommendations of where to start with consideration to costs, staff, and benefits, which are all explained in a positive…show more content…
This statement almost acts a motivation to start Industrial Schools up right away, for their education is at stake. Not only that, but the goal is to civilize the students while they are still young children. The primary sources are influential pieces that promoted Industrial Schools, while the secondary source is the sad truth that had been collected including facts. The primary sources showed a great difference in many aspects compared to the secondary source by Neeganagwedgin. Throughout both of the primary sources, there was a positive outlook towards Industrial Schools. The entry by Baird focused mainly on religious positives, while the report by Davin focused on the positively towards civilizing Aboriginal children. These pieces showed how undermined and disrespected the abilities and culture of Aboriginals were.

Whereas, Neeganagwedgin showed the negative impact the Residential Schools had on the Aboriginal population and
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