By Pierre Lepage ; supervision, Maryse Alcindor ; translation, Jan Jordon .
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Extra resources for Aboriginal Peoples : Fact and Fiction (2nd Ed.)
At the end of their education in Amerindian students at the Saint-Marc-de-Figuery residential school, near Amos, in the 1950s residential schools, children, after being resocialSociété d’histoire d’Amos, Fonds H. Dudemaine ized and steeped in the values of European culture, would be prototypes of a magnificent metamorphosis: the now-civilized “savages” would be prepared to accept their privileges and responsibilities as citizens (Royal Commission 1996b, I). In 1931, there were eighty residential schools in Canada, located primarily in the Northwest and in the western provinces.
PATERNALISM, LOSS OF AUTONOMY, AND DEPENDENCE Some forty canoes gathered at Grand Lac Victoria, about 1930 Postcard, collection of Pierre Lepage The paternalism of the Indian Act can be measured by a few historical events. The initial laws pertaining to the First Nations populations gave the government very extensive powers to control First Nations peoples living on reserves. First of all, the Ame rindian communities lost the pol i tical ability to The assimilation policy was founded on four hypothetical (and incorrect) dehumanizing determine who their assumptions regarding Aboriginal peoples and their cultures: members were.
Their culture and their social and legal institutions and systems Dealing with Different Rights have been constantly under attack at all levels, through the media, the law and the public educational systems. It is only natural, therefore, that there should be resistance to further loss of their land and rejection of the distortion or denial of their history and culture and defensive/offensive reaction to the continual linguistic and cultural aggressions and attacks on their way of life, their social and cultural integrity and their very physical existence.
Aboriginal Peoples : Fact and Fiction (2nd Ed.) by Pierre Lepage ; supervision, Maryse Alcindor ; translation, Jan Jordon .