Social Analysis Report 2Residential schools were established in Canada in the 1800’s. The first residentialschool was the Mohawk Institute in Brantford, Ontario. These schools were sponsored by theCanadian government and were mostly run by the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Methodist,United, and Presbyterian churches. The goal was to convert Aboriginal people to Christianity,to teach them the English language and Canadian customs. For it was believed that it wouldhelp better with the integration of the children to the Euro-Canadian culture (Miller, 2019).Residential School has created a social problem that has a significant impact on thelives of many indigenous people and their descendants. The children while attendingresidential schools were separated from their families. They had their individuality andprivacy invaded. They were forbidden to speak their native language, and practice theirreligion. They were forced to wear uniforms and had their hair shaved. They were forced todevote themselves to Christianity (Miller, 2019).Previous knowledge about residential school was obtained by a few members of thisgroup, upon completion of a course on Indigenous studies. Throughout the course, they hadwatched some videos and listened to testimonies of some survivors of residential schools.According to some of those survivors the condition of these schools was unsanitary,filthy, and unsafe. Some survivors also indicated that they were malnourished and suffermistreatment; they indicated they were physically and mentally abused. (Where are thechildren?)This problem is of great concern to our group, as it should be to every Canadians. Weare a country that believes in human rights, and yet our first nations are still living underextreme poverty. Many indigenous people and the descendants of “residential schools” areliving with depression, sunken their souls with alcohols and many have committed orcontemplated suicide (Rabson, 2018).
Social Analysis Report 3The last Residential school in Canada was closed in 1964. The Canadian governmenthad presented some excuses to the indigenous people. Reconciliation has been called betweenthe first nations and sovereignty. However, many would agree that a greater effort toimplement changes is needed. We are raising the following questions:1.Why the government doesn’t propose a reform to the Reconciliation plan?2.Why don’t we do more to compensate the indigenous for their misfortune?After all we are living on the land that was seized from them, the least we could do isto recognize them, sustain their social, and economic growth.