Canada’s residential school system

Residential school system was set up by the Canadian Government under the then Prime Minister John Macdonald in 1883 to inculcate western culture in the indigenous community. These schools were underfunded and were dependent on the donations from local churches. This eventually led to educators using children to generate income by making them rear animals, producing clothing, growing vegetables etc.

Many of these institutes were run by churches, leading to the ban of indigenous languages and cultural practices. Several of the children placed in these schools were forcefully separated from their families and were subjected to abuses and unsanitary living conditions. This system was shut down in 1996.

Written by IAS POINT

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