In B.C., Aboriginals went to residential school to be assimilated. That happened in many places though. In B.C., Aboriginals also were in touch with the animals and respected wild life. They only hunted if they had to and were resourceful. Around the time of residential schools, a lot of people were unhappy and there were benefits if you weren't Aboriginal.
Tell me about aboriginal culture:
In some Aboriginal cultures, animals are very respected and are important. In the book, "My Name Is Seepeetza", animals are very precious and they only hunt if they must. They take care of the animals, and whatever they take, they find a way to give back. They also camp a lot and spend a lot of time in the wilderness/outdoors. In Aboriginal cultures, they have potlatches if it there is an important event, like a funeral. Some Aboriginal cultures believe in spiritual beings as well. I have heard a few stories and read a few picture books about raven and how the sun came, according to Aboriginals.
What were residential schools?
Residential schools were meant to assimilate the Aboriginal children and to change them completely. The schools were horrible and cruel. They beat the kids and humiliated them. Kids would go there and would only get the summer to go home. In the early 1990's was when the last school closed. Residential schools were horrible and unfair.
What happened to families?
Families that had children in residential schools only got to see there kids in the summer and were always apart. I think it would suck only being able to see my family over summer break. When summer rolled around, I think they would try to have fun with their families and be with them.
Whose land are we on?
The land I am on right now is Coast Salish. Coast Salish peoples were really rich in artistic expression. They are also a group of ethnically and linguistically peoples.
What did you learn in this unit?
This unit, I learnt a lot about Aboriginals and there history. I have noticed how much times have changed, because when we were reading Seepeetza, she would sing songs and play with dolls. Nowadays, girls her age don't do that. I also learnt that before an important event, You have to acknowledge who's land we are on and thank them. Another thing I learnt was Aboriginals really like the outdoors and appreciate animals and to give back if they take something away for the animals. I also found out about residential schools and how cruel they were. As well as all I have said, I also found out about the religions and ceremonies they have like for funerals and birthdays. I have found out a lot about there culture!