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SOC 101 - Assignment Page 1 of 6 Vyvy Ta - 20229611 Assignment SOC 101 Barry McClinchey Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Vyvy Ta 20229611
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SOC 101 - Assignment Page 2 of 6 Vyvy Ta - 20229611 Canada has been looked upon by other counties as a place where everyone is treated equally and as a mosaic of many cultures. However, many forget that the Canadian government was not always so welcoming. Even today, they struggle with communicating and working with the people who settled here in North America before them, the First Nations people. This is due to the mistreatment and lack of understanding Canada’s young government had with working with those of a radically different culture than that of its’ own. During the lecture, the film “Education as We See It” was shown to the class. It depicted what happened to the First Nations peoples’ children when the Canadian government sent them to school. There, the children faced many hardships, such as learning a new language, culture, and lifestyle. Through sociological science, we can make sense of why they were subjected such harsh treatments and strict curriculum in the school to become a Canadian. There are several theoretical perspectives that can explain the reasoning behind their mistreatment, but the best one would be the Conflict Theory. Conflict Theory works on the basis that society is always in a state of inequality and competition. (Ravelli, 2010:48) Sometime during 1885, Canada had started to expand into the west, and with that wanted to assimilate the native inhabitants of the land. (McClinchey, 2012) The purpose of educating the natives was for Canada to establish better communications with them. With better communication, they would be able to explore and settle more of the natives’ land. With that land they would be able to attain more resources to ship back to Europe and make profits. The education was not there to allow the natives to be equal with the Canadians, but to allow them to be conquered and controlled. In the natives’ perspective, the land had no ownership and was shared by not only all the people,
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This note was uploaded on 03/12/2012 for the course SOC 101 taught by Professor Barrym during the Winter '09 term at Waterloo.

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