I don’t truly know what it must’ve been like to be at a residential school.
I know about the system and I’ve heard and read about what the conditions were like. Residential schools, sponsored by government, had one horrifying mission – to assimilate Aboriginal children into our Euro-Canadian culture.
The schools operated for more than a century, from the mid-1880s to the mid-1990s. Children were taken from their families, from their homes, from their communities and placed into these awful institutions run by religious orders in collaboration with the federal government.
These children weren’t allowed to speak their native languages. They weren’t allowed to practice their culture.