Richard Wagamese brings to light the troubles of aboriginals living in Northern Canada in his book Indian Horse. Wagamese demonstrates the maltreatment aboriginals have faced at the hands of the Zhaunagush and their residential schools. The disgusting truth of the treatment of aboriginals in Canada is shown through recovering alcoholic, Saul Indian Horse, who recounts his life from the time he lived in the bush with his native family, the Anishinabeg, to the the time he checked into The New Dawn Treatment Centre. Seen through Saul’s eyes, the Canadian government captures and transports native children to residential schools. Not only are these children stripped from their native way of life, they are placed in an environment that eerily resembles an internment camp.
Although these horrid things have happened to them, the people of Canada have to be cared for first. There are many security risks of accepting refugees into Canada, because some of these refugees might be part of a terrorist organization with a mission to cause harm to Canadians. A woman named Rehab Dughmosh ( Syrian ) has been arrested for attacking people at a Canadian Tire store. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police ( RCMP ) have laid terror-related charges against her, including an attempted murder in benefit or association with a terrorist group. The Canadian government needs to look more closely at these refugees and need to realize that these refugees aren’t as important as the well being of Canada and its
Discrimination is a widely known problem faced in society today, affecting thousands of people mentally and emotionally. In the 2013 published novel, Indian Horse, by Richard Wagamese, Saul Indian Horse encounters several day to day racist comments and discrimination as he first steps into the hockey rink. Throughout the novel, Wagamese teaches the readers, that racial discrimination can abuse and affect one into either gaining a ruthless and tempered behaviour, or pushing them to a psychological state of mental torture and isolation. In the duration of all this, Saul must prove himself to be mentally and emotionally strong, as he is first exposed to the substantial amount of racial discrimination made by the domination of white people in his
The novel represents marginalized youth in Canada in a way that we rarely see in literature and film. The novel has some very dark themes, including sexual abuse, violence, and substance abuse. The Lesser Blessed is a very bleak novel- because of the dark themes it presents,
Truman Capote’s book In Cold Blood, focuses on a quiet town in eastern Kansas where the slaughter of the Clutter family occurred. Although Perry is a brutal murderer, he is the result of his troublesome past; therefore, indicating that the past plays a part in the character of one's future self. Throughout his childhood, Perry has encountered abuse, separation, and abandonment from his home and it directly affected who he has become. The way that Capote writes about Perry’s past makes it evident that it was miserable.
In every rebellion or event there is a leader, the person/or people that everyone believes and looks up to. In this case Senator Joseph the most visible face in the face and leader of this traumatic event. He carried out investigations questioning those targeted to expose them to the U.S government. “I have here in my hand a list of two hundred and five people that were known to the Secretary of State as
She is reminded of the violence that torn not only communities apart but families as well. How the social norms of the day restricted people’s lives and held them in the balance of life and death. Her grandfathers past life, her grandmother cultural silence about the internment and husband’s affair, the police brutality that cause the death of 4 young black teenagers. Even her own inner conflicts with her sexuality and Japanese heritage. She starts to see the world around her with a different
It is simply a reminder to the Aanishinaabek nation that colonization, genocide, assimilation, STOLEN LAND, loss of language and culture, broken promises, water crisis - and the list continues. These are ongoing problems that still happen today in Canada. One example is residential schools; a church run, government-funded school that attempted to “kill the indian in the child”. It was assimilation and cultural genocide to the First Nations people. Because of this, families are suffering from intergenerational trauma.
The Residential school stole his innocence when he was just a child and created an unimaginable outlook on life. Hockey was supposed to be that escape but that was stolen from him as well through constant taunting. In the workforce, isolation grew leading to alcohol and depression. Through the racism he faced, it was evident how Saul was affected both internally and externally as he endured more than anyone does. Saul’s culture, memories, hope, faith, language, traditions, tribe and freedom were taken from him all because of his skin
According to a study by the Environics Research Group in 2014, 28% of south Asians often suffer from intolerance (Macleans.ca). My mother came face to face with this intolerance when she was kicked and shoved in a Zellers parking lot for wearing a head scarf. A 2016 Huffington Post article states that hate crimes against Muslims has doubled in Canada over the course of a year (huffingtonpost.ca). My dad stared this hate in the eye when he was called a dirty illiterate Muslim. There is no denying the inherent hardships that come with being a visible minority.
Unfortunately, British settlers at Jamestown and the Algonquian tribe had a strained relationship. When looking at primary documents, it is evident that there was a great deal of enmity between them. In Document 3-1 of Reading The American Past, an indentured servant describes some of the horrors that he witnessed during a surprise attack from the Algonquian tribe. He mentions how 26 men were killed by natives and a captain was decapitated. Furthermore, fear was struck into their hearts when they realized all the weapons and armor were stolen.
Viola’s case became headline of black newspapers and journalist across Nova Scotia and Halifax where many people were outraged by this audacious disregard for Canada’s constitution. King vs Desmond, arose civil rights injustice in Canada that has been “swept under the rug” now the government and the legislative bodies now had to address this issue of segregation and unwritten rules that some provinces still practise (Thomson, Colin A. 1986). Viola case went all the way to the supreme court event thought was turn down, this case left a massive impact on the citizens of Canada because blacks were now paying attention and united under one cause (Thomson, Colin A. (1986). They were no longer going to suffer the same injustice they did in the past,
The Bureau of Indian Affairs removed tens of thousands of American Indian children from their homes in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to assimilate the youth into the dominant Euro-American culture. Although the schools provided education and vocational training, their primary intention was to deprive Indian children of their tribal culture, language, and appearance. There was a significant amount of abuse in the boarding schools with administrators, teachers, and staff often treating students harshly, including physical and sexual abuse and neglect. Moreover, children suffered serious illnesses and disease. Due to these harsh conditions many Indian youth returned home with mental and physical health problems that transcended for
Another way the Canadian Government ineffectively responded to Aboriginal affairs was through the social issues the Aboriginals dealt with. One example of this would be the Sixties Scoop. Prior to the 1950’s, children were taken to residential schools, where they were forced to forget their Native culture, and were punished if they attempted to do otherwise. In the late 1950’s, people started to realize the negative impacts the residential schools had on the children, as well as their families. This led to the drastic overrepresentation of Aboriginal children in the child welfare system in the 1960’s.
Introduction The little community of Attawapiskat, Ontario, Canada has been and is currently facing an immense loss due to a high amount of youth suicides. The community has been under a state of emergency since April 2016 after many of the community’s youth have tried to or succeed at committing suicide. These suicides have been the product of colonialism and intergenerational trauma from the generations that came before them. The devastation in the community can teach Child and Youth Care practitioners how to put into action programs that build youth’s strengths and resilience as well as overcome any negative factor that have been created during this epidemic.