By only seeing First Nations communities in images like the one below, we've created a very narrow narrative about their culture and contribution. I've written a column on the lack of Aboriginal history and story in Canadian education. You can go directly to the article by clicking here.
How not to teach Canadian history
Putting Canada's real aboriginal story, and others too, in school curriculums
One thing for sure, most of us newer Canadians had probably never heard of the controversial residential school system until that boil was lanced a few years ago, and the federal government offered a formal apology and established the reconciliation commission to help chart a new future.
Most Canadians, I'd hazard a guess, had never realized that between the 1840s and 1996, more than 150,000 First Nation, Inuit, aboriginal and Metis children were taken from their families by law and shipped to the residential schools, the majority of them against their will.
We were never really aware of the long history of emotional, physical and, sometimes, sexual abuse that confronted so many of these children, causing a long ripple of destructive behaviour within the aboriginal community, which they, and the rest of us, don't know how to fix. But, how would we know how to fix a problem that we didn't really know existed, at least to the extent that we do now?
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