Kill the Indian inside the child.docx - INDG 2F95 Midterm Pascale Anderson \u201cI fought like hell all the time The nuns would try to drag us away and

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INDG 2F95 Midterm Pascale Anderson“I fought like hell all the time. The nuns would try to drag us away and they’d try to touch me. But I fought back, so they’d throw me in the cellar as punishment. But I loved it down there. It was quiet and dark and no one could bother me. … This nun used to take a broomstick and shove it down there. She did it to all of us. How can you sing to God and treat us like that?” Audrey Eyahphase – St Michael’s Indian Residential School (1963-1965) & Prince Albert Indian Residential School (1965-1974)The story of Audrey is not uncommon to hear when discussing what went on in residential schools across Canada. The main objective of the Canadian Government and Churches affiliated was to Kill the Indian in the Child.Children were taken away from their parents at approximatelythe age of 5 and were gone for ten months of the year (Young, 2015). During these 10 months, children were subjected to physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Bryanna Young (2015), describes the intent of the Canadian Government as a ‘slow death’. She defines ‘slow death’ as “the physical wearing out of a population and the deterioration of people in that population that is very nearly a defining condition of their experience and historical existence” (754).
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