Isabelle Knockwood's Out Of The Depths

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After reading Isabelle Knockwood’s book Out of the Depths, residential schools really opened my eyes on what really happened to the Aboriginal peoples who were sent there. Knockwood did a very good job explaining what she went through during the long 11 years that she was at the residential school. It’s still hard to believe that human beings would do that to other humans. Knockwood was one of the many people sent to the Indian Residential School in Shubenacadie from 1936 to 1947. She grew up in Wolfville Nova Scotia along with her three brothers and one sister: Rosie, Henry, Joe, and Noel. When Knockwood was only five years old she was sent to the Resi, where she found it hard to understand the teachers and Nuns because she did not know much English. Trying her very best in school there were times that Knockwood wished she could forget. Watching friends and classmates of hers get beaten in front of the dinning hall and getting hurt by dangerous machines during work time. Knockwood thought about her siblings everyday, but mostly about her brothers, only because Knockwood would only get to see them on the odd…show more content…
A lot of the remaining survivors seemed to be surprised when he asked for “forgiveness of the Aboriginal peoples and that it was “joining” us in “recovering from this experience”” (pg.168) These people have been dealing with this since they left and the government wants the survivors to join them on “dealing” it does not seem right. The Aboriginal peoples through the apology was a little to late, and they were not respected; I found it was not right that they did not have translators for the apology for the people who do not speak English. The government approached the apology the wrong way and I completely understand why the survivors did not feel
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