Draft Proposal.docx - The Intergenerational Effects of Residential Schools on Indigenous Mental Health Final Research Proposal Course HREQ 3100 For

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The Intergenerational Effects of Residential Schools on Indigenous Mental HealthFinal Research ProposalCourse: HREQ 3100For: Professor Das GuptaBy: Fatima IqbalStudent No. 210885317
Canada. The country of opportunity, diversity and inclusiveness. Some would even go as far as to say the country with the better version of theAmerican Dream. While our neighbours look at us with fleeting jealousy about the collective notion that Canada is not racist, they are unfortunately disillusioned and unaware of our dark history and our lack of togetherness. Furthermore, the relationship that Canada has with Indigenous people is one that is often overlooked. Starting from the European settlers that first arrived, Canadians have always had a misconstrued view of the Indigenous person. The Indigenous people that live in Canada, including the First Nations, Inuit and Metis, have been subjected to cruel practices such as residential schools that have left them unable to cope with the stressful backlash of this emotional monstrosity that is cultural assimilation. In fact, a professor of public health at the University of Lethbridge stated that there are serious health effects of repeated lifelong racism and discrimination and that studies on North American Aboriginals depicted that there are serious health impacts caused by enduring such racism and discrimination which include higher risk of breast cancer and heart disease (Gallagher-Louisy 2014). But the question remains, is it the residential schools that play a part inthe demise of the Indigenous spirit even long after they have been closed? Moreover, can Indigenous individuals that have not been to residential schools still feel the detrimental effects? As aforementioned, a side effect of this racism was residential schools. Residential schools were created on behalf of the government and were designed to assimilate Indigenous children into Euro-Canadian culture. Administered by the Christian churches, the overall goal of these schools was to aid in the destruction of Indigenous culture and to conform to Canadian culture (Bombay, A., Matheson, K., Anisman, H. 2013), which apparently did not have room for Indigenous cultural ways. These schools that lasted from 1876 till the late-20thcentury (Regan
2010) did far more harm than good resulting in significant emotional, physical and sexual abuse not to mention the deprivation of the school goers’ ancestral roots. To learn more about this racism, the topic that will be explored is intergenerational effects of residential schools, specifically mental health issues. This paper will question whether there is a correlation between poor mental health and intergenerational attendance at residential schools. In addition, it will illustrate how racism from hundreds of years ago still has an impact on the descendants of the individuals that perceived that racism.

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