The British people took all the aboriginal children to residential school and try'd to make them British children. They made them wear the same clothes, Cut they're hair the same way, everything had to be the same. If they did anything that close to what they did in their culture they would get beaten or humiliated. The British also changed their identity so that the children sound more in sinc with the British culture. The kids would come to school and live there from September until June and then go home for a few months and them it would start all over again. The boys and girls would be separate. The nuns that were the leaders or the carers for the children (even though they really didn`t care for them) told them things that weren true. Like `If you get out of bed at night the demons of the under world will come take you away` which made the children sad and scared. Overall the residential schools made the children become people they were not mean`t to be.
Tell me more about the Aboriginal culture?
The Aboriginal culture thought that if you didn`t hurt the wildlife the wildlife wouldn`t hurt you. The Aboriginal used berries flowers and other natural things to make remedys to solves problems like if you had a cold, or if you had a headache. Animals were treated nicely and cared for. They would only hunt if they needed food, they never just hunted animals for no apparent reason. You would have to be desperate to hunt animals. In the book`My Name Is Seepeetza if a person dies they have a big celebration called a potluch to celebrate the persons life.
What were residential schools?
Residential schools were where the Aboriginal children were sent to be colonized. They wanted them to believe in the same religions as the British people, Speak English and be proper like the British people. I they disobeyed or did anything wrong they would have a consequence many children commit suicide or died due to the British harsh ways. The children would be turned into different people personality wise and Beliefs. I think residential schools are bad because I think anyone can believe in whatever they want to believe in. Sending children to live in a school for 10 months is bad, I don't know what I would do if I was away from my family that long for 12 years straight.
What happened to families?
Families were hurt and wreaked during the time period of residential school. Most children lost their believes or ways of life. The Aboriginal children were sent to school not how we are today. Today we go to school and come home to our families. In residential schools they went to school for 10 months and lived at the school. They only went home when it was Christmas and Summer. Then they would go to school until they graduate.
What Land are we on?
We are on Coast Sailish land. From the aboriginals. They let us on the land but there are still some areas that are Aboriginal land.