The problem with Canadian Indian people, Australia’s abos, Singapore’s and Malaysia’s Malays and America’s blacks are similar. They all suffer from a cultural deficit, which is a nicer way of saying they are a bunch of bums.Apollonius wrote: ↑Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:59 amMilo wrote: ↑Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:33 pmThey were dying of preventable diseases and living in ignorance, filth and poverty on the reservations. They still are.neverfail wrote: ↑Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:14 amYou know Apollonius, the more I read about this policy in Canada the more it looks like a similar one we had here in Australia over the same period of time. I have even read the testimony of former welfare officers who worked in our Northern Territory before WW2 and removed neglected part Aboriginal children to the care of foster homes. Had they not removed a lot of half-Aboriginal children from the blacks' camps most of them would have died from neglect. If a child had one white parent he/she was deemed to have not been born under any animal totem so therefore the tribe felt under no obligation to raise them up. (and in their traditional society children were brought up by the entire tribe rather than just by their immediate parents.)Apollonius wrote: ↑Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:59 am
The school system was created for the purpose of removing children from the influence of their own culture and assimilating them into the dominant Canadian culture. Over the course of the system's more than hundred-year existence, about 30%, or roughly 150,000, of Indigenous children were placed in residential schools nationally. At least 6,000 of these students are estimated to have died while residents.
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No. The school system was created for the purpose of removing children from the abuse and neglect of parents who were slowly murdering their kids, the same reason that kids are removed from the care of families who cannot or will not properly take care of them today.
I have no idea how much inspiration we borrowed from Canada or vice-versa for this policy. But with hindsight it looks to me now more like a broadly British Empire thingy rather than a policy position exclusive to either Dominion.
Assimilating them into the dominant Canadian culture? The trouble with institutionalised care anywhere is that it is usually coldly impersonal and none too caring. No mother's kiss and cuddle at bedtime for instance. All of the physical and educational needs may well be taken care of but the kids usually grow up immersed within a dearth of love. Kids who grow up like that often remain emotionally debilitated for their entire lives. I do not know whether you and/or other readers on this website can even begin to comprehend just how handicapped that can leave you.
Residential School was the best thing that ever happened to them. Now we can't even do them that favour.
That's why Neverfail's comment about a mother's kiss and cuddle at bedtime (very often lacking with a good beating substituted or the kid just left crying when hungry because the mother was too drunk to notice) and obvious problems with institutionalized care, the residential schools were a Very Good Thing.
And I'm sorry. I must return to my assertion that this narrative being promoted and enforced by the educational system, our media, and our politicians is nasty, stupid, and false. Again, I resent being blamed for giving children the only chance they had in life while Native leaders, their contractor friends, their lawyer friends, and bureaucrats in over two dozen federal government agencies use their lies and dissimulations to line their pockets, deflect from their gross incompetence, and call everyone who tries to object to it a racist.
For whatever reasons, their attitudes and behaviour do not lead to success in the modern (largely capitalistic) world.
Blaming it on racism is what irresponsible politicians do. They want their votes to get power and money. It won’t solve their problems. Using a good religion as what Dr Goh Keng Swee half jokingly said will help.
See the study done by Jonathan Gruber. Raising their incomes through character change will also narrow the income inequality.